Westminster City Council is about to embark on its annual “big clean-up” following the landmark New Year’s Eve celebrations and ahead of the London New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP 2016) on Friday morning with the support of Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company.
A total of 51 vehicles and 119 members of staff will work through the night, to welcome in the New Year in pristine condition. The waste expected from the night’s celebrations will mainly consist of plastic bags, plastic bottles, food packaging, and cans of lager, and there are expected to be around 15,000 empty bottles of champagne.
However, in addition to the “expected” waste items, the cleaning team on the 31 December can also expect to find some usual objects, such as stuffed animals, wedding dresses and blow-up dolls – if findings from previous years are anything to go by.
The most common and unusual items lining the streets of Westminster are:
- Union Jacks
- Prosthetic limbs
- Champagne bottles
- Wedding dresses
- Fancy dress costumes
Starting shortly after Big Ben has struck midnight, Veolia will be working to remove any sign of a hangover from the night before, by cleaning up after approximately half a million revellers, who are expected to create in the region of 85 tonnes of waste. The team of workers will be broken down into 17 groups that are to be strategically spread out across the borough, so the clean-up can start as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Pascal Hauret, Veolia's Regional Director for London, said: "While the New Year's clean-up represents a sizeable challenge, it is one that we relish and are extremely proud of the efforts our staff put into ensuring the streets of Westminster are back to their usual high standard by the morning. It is a true team effort, with everyone pitching into help, from senior management to staff from across our London contracts."
Also, speaking before the clean-up, Cllr Melvyn Caplan, Cabinet Member for City Management, said: "Westminster is the focal point for the nation’s, and London’s, New Year’s Eve celebrations. We are proud to be able to host them, and provide such an efficient clean-up service to get the streets clean and tidy for the New Year’s Day Parade."
Westminster offers a prime location to see in the New Year due to its mix of historic landmarks and the famous River Thames Fireworks display. For more information on street cleansing services, please visit: http://www.westminster.gov.uk/streetcleansing