London's biggest clean-up

29 August 2017

Over 300 tonnes of rubbish, the weight of 25 London Buses, is estimated to have been cleared from the streets of Notting Hill following Carnival.

The Council’s contractors, SUEZ, had over 200 people working into the early hours of Monday and Tuesday in an operation involving more than 30 refuse trucks and mechanical sweepers. The team also used a large motorway vehicle to wash down the roads. The clean-up finished at 3am on Tuesday 29 August.

Joining them last night (from 11pm on Monday) were the Leader of the Council, Cllr Elizabeth Campbell; Deputy Leader, Cllr Will Pascall and Lead Member of Communities, Cllr Mary Weale. 

Councillor Mary Weale, said: “This year’s Notting Hill Carnival was different to any other, the Grenfell Tower fire was something that we all thought about. However, it was heartening to see the numbers of people that came to Carnival and the many who stopped and reflected at the minute’s silence on Sunday and Monday.

“The challenge our Council officers and SUEZ face clearing up after one of Europe’s biggest street parties before people head off to work on Tuesday morning is staggering task. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts. It is astounding that on Tuesday you would hardly know such a huge event had taken place.”

Gary O’Hagan, Contract General Manager for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “We have led the Carnival clear-up with the Council for over two decades now and our team always rise to the challenge, working throughout the night to ensure the streets are clean for the start of the working week.”

During the Carnival the Council encouraged visitors to recycle their cans at recycling stations, in a joint initiative with SUEZ and Alupro, called ‘Every Can Counts’. Every five empty cans delivered to the recycling point were exchanged for a free soft drink. In previous years this initiative has proved popular with children and adults alike and not only does it ensure cans aren’t contaminated by other waste, making them easier to recycle, it also helps raise public awareness about the importance of recycling on the go.

Residents in the area that need their basement cleaned following Carnival can contact the Council on 020 7361 3001.