Revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival wouldn’t have spared a second’s thought for the miles of mess they left behind.
As many as two million people are thought to have attended the two-day celebration – now recognised as one of the largest events of its kind in the world.
But they also created a vast mountain of rubbish that needed to be cleared as quickly as possible.
And it’s wasn’t until the majority of party-goers had at last headed home that a major clean-up operation could get underway.
Roads, pavements and public areas stretching along the parade route to the main site in Ladbroke Grove remained a hive of activity well into the early hours of Tuesday morning as an army of street cleaners and refuse staff, led by a convoy of specialist vehicles, moved in.
Rain showers over the two days meant Carnival-goers left a legacy of damp foliage, debris and litter – including cans, bottles, cups and fast-food cartons.
But 10 of our road sweeping vehicles, complete with expert operators, worked through the night on both Sunday and Monday to clear the area in double-quick time.
The rubbish was taken to a site owned by a waste management firm, where it was sorted and later recycled as much as possible.
The operation, led by contractors working for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, covered an area from Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate to borough boundaries to the East, North and West.
The road sweeping activity was spearheaded by ourselves and have helped to carry out the big clean-up for more than five years from our London depot.
Andy Brumell, Regional Manager for London and the South East, said: “The Carnival is a huge event these days and clearing up both the route and the main site is quite a task.
“Our operators moved in with specialist sweepers between midnight and 1am on both days and took around five hours to complete the job.
“It’s important that all routes, paths and the site itself are cleansed properly and, while Notting Hill is one of the biggest carnivals in the world, we hope residents, businesses and even early morning commuters in that area on Tuesday saw very little evidence that it ever happened.
“We operate an extensive fleet of specialist commercial vehicles including refuse trucks, cage tippers and smaller pedestrian sweepers on both an operated and self-hire basis – and they’re massively popular with event and festival organisers.”
Go Plant Fleet Services, which has depots all over the UK, also carries out clean-up operations for the New Year’s Eve celebrations in London along with a string of other major events across the country including the Great North Run and various festivals.