Veolia Environmental Services predicts it will collect around 30 tonnes of bunting, flags, banners and champagne bottles left by the expected one million Jubilee River Pageant spectators.
The Brits certainly know how to throw a party in style. Street parties are planned across the country and there are huge anticipated sales of flags, bunting, whistles and plastic cups, as well as food and drinks. This, coupled with 41 licenced food stands along the Pageant route, means the waste cleaned up could weigh as much as 60 of the great bells featuring in the Pageant’s floating belfry. The mammoth operation, carried out by Veolia on behalf of Westminster City Council, is expected to take two to three hours all before the sun sets on the day.
To get the route cleaned up in record time, Veolia has lined up:
• An army of 70 Veolia staff, a 90% increase on the usual area maintenance
• 21 specialist vehicles including hot flushing vehicles sweeping into action to clean up the thousands of discarded products along the riverside
• Over 40 brooms as a little bit of old fashioned elbow grease is always needed
Pascal Hauret, London Director for Municipal Services from Veolia Environmental Services said: “Jubilee fever has swept the nation and Veolia is proud to be clearing up after the celebrations. Our experience cleaning up after Kate and William’s big day in 2011 will stand us in good stead for the special day [this weekend] with 90% extra staff on hand to clean up in record time following this momentous occasion.”
Westminster Council’s Cabinet Member for City Management, Cllr Ed Argar said: “We pride ourselves on keeping Westminster's streets clean all year round, for our residents and visitors.
“But with so many extra visitors expected to come to Westminster to help celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, and to spend their time, and money, in our city and its shops, bars and restaurants, we are putting in a special effort to make sure the area is sparkling for this very special event.
“Westminster plays host to many big events every year, but this one is 60 years in the making, and we are determined to make sure the city is looking at its best for everyone, and to leave it clean for our residents after the crowds have gone home. We hope all the well-wishers have an enjoyable and safe day to remember."