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Notting Hill Carnival clean-up produces enough energy to make 700k cups of tea

Two hundred tonnes of rubbish has been cleared from the streets of Notting Hill in the two days following the largest street festival in Europe, the Notting Hill Carnival, reports waste management company Veolia, which was tasked with clearing the mounds of litter left by more than one million revelers.

10 tonnes of the waste cleared was sent for recycling, while the remaining 190 tonnes has been sent for burning to make heat and electricity – creating, the firm says, enough power to make 700,000 cups of tea!

Notting Hill Carnival clean-up produces enough energy to make 700k cups of tea
The clean-up operation along the 3.5-mile route of the renowned celebration of Caribbean culture involved 170 staff and 30 vehicles working relentlessly to clear the plastic bottles, beer cans, food packaging, carnival-related props and attire and other waste discarded by carnival-goers this year before Tuesday’s (29 August) morning commute.

A free cleaning service was offered by Westminster City Council to residents with gardens and basements along the carnival route, with a team of sweepers covering more than 100 streets.

Commenting after the annual street carnival, Councillor David Harvey, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community said: “While the clean-up operation represents a logistical challenge, our council officers and Veolia have done us proud. The transformation is staggering and I know our residents and visitors appreciate their dedication. It is hard to imagine that only yesterday our streets were lined with people celebrating Europe’s biggest street festival.”

Helder Branco, Senior Contract Manager for Veolia in Westminster added: "While the clean-up following Notting Hill Carnival represents a sizeable challenge, it’s one we relish because it’s a real team effort. We deal with the waste in the most sustainable way possible and are pleased to be able to use it to power and heat local homes.”

The clean-up operation performed by Veolia was of a similar scope to that of last year, where 170 street cleaners and 60 waste vehicles cleared around 200 tonnes of waste left behind by an estimated two million attendees of the Carnival’s 50th anniversary.

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