Carnival Cleaned Up in 4 Hours

As hundreds of thousands of people descended on West London for the Notting Hill Carnival weekend, 170 Veolia staff working on behalf of Westminster City Council cleaned up after the revellers.

200 tonnes of rubbish was collected over the course of the weekend. The clean-up operation began at 10.45pm on Monday night as 170 workers and 60 vehicles swept through the streets of Notting Hill.

Recycling can be difficult because there is a large amount of contamination by food waste and cooking fat, however our crews sorted through the debris on the street to extract as much recyclable material as they could, sending five tonnes for recycling.
We got through the streets in four hours, with crews working until 3am on Tuesday morning to ensure all traces of the one million revellers were removed so London could return to normal.

We salvaged an estimated 100,000 plastic bottles and drinks cans as part of the mammoth operation. 

Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management, said: “Although residents get prime viewing points for the Carnival, the downside is that due to the sheer size and scale of the event, rubbish does inevitably end up on pavements and in their gardens.

“We are pleased to do our bit to help limit the impact the Carnival has on our residents by making sure our teams return the streets to pristine condition in record time and residents' gardens and pathways are left as clean as they were before it began.”