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Carnival's 100-tonne clean sweep

Beer cans left on railings during carnival
Front gardens of properties in the area will be cleaned

Local authorities are poised to clean-up 100 tonnes of rubbish from the roads of west London following the Notting Hill Carnival.

Westminster City Council said a team of 140 cleaners and 40 vehicles will sweep the streets after the event.

The council said it will also clean up front gardens of properties littered with rubbish in 24 streets in the area, free of charge.

An estimated 750,000 people partied on the streets over the weekend.

Dr Leith Penny, the council's director of environment and leisure said: "Although residents get prime viewing points for the carnival, the downside is that due to the sheer size and scale of the event rubbish does inevitably end up in their gardens.

"We have planned the clean-up operation with military precision as removing up to 100 tonnes of waste is a huge undertaking.

The council, which cleaned up 300 properties last year, said the streets will be clean by Tuesday morning.




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