More than 50,000 discarded plastic water bottles were collected after Sunday’s London Marathon, making for almost two tonnes worth of recycling.
Veolia and Westminster City Council said they would recycle almost two tonnes worth of the bottles during the 26.2mile race.
Special recycling bins were situated along the route in the city to make it easier for the runners to dispose of their bottles. Any bottles left on the ground were removed by Veolia’s 40-strong street cleaning team, which included 23 manual sweepers and 14 vehicles.
Last year Westminster City Council’s cleaning contractors collected 12.5 tonnes of waste, including over five tonnes of recycling, in just an hour and a half – a record they will be aiming to beat this year.
Vincent Masseri, Veolia – “Every year our dedicated team is fast out of the blocks ensuring the streets of Westminster are returned to their usual high standard of cleanliness as quickly as possible, while also recycling as much as we can of the waste we collect”
Jarno Stet, Westminster City Council’s waste services manager, said: “The London Marathon is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and draws the eyes of the world to the capital. After the last runner has crossed the finish line, Veolia staff will be out in force to ensure that Westminster’s roads are cleared and back to working order in record time.
“Keeping our streets clean is a marathon not a sprint, and in partnership with Veolia we work hard to meet the high standards people expect while ensuring that everything we collect is either recycled or converted into low carbon energy to power London’s homes.”
The marathon route runs from Temple Place down Victoria Embankment to Bridge Street, across Parliament Square and into Great George Street. The runners then pass along Birdcage Walk and past Buckingham Palace before finishing on The Mall.
Vincent Masseri, Veolia’s contract manager for Westminster, said: “Every year our dedicated team is fast out of the blocks ensuring the streets of Westminster are returned to their usual high standard of cleanliness as quickly as possible, while also recycling as much as we can of the waste we collect.”