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Westminster prepares for Notting Hill Carnival clean-up

notting hill carnival wasteNotting Hill Carnival, one of the world’s largest street carnivals, is returning to London to celebrate its 60th year this bank holiday weekend (Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August 2019).

With such a high turnout at last year’s event, more than a million people are expected to attend the carnival this weekend. Westminster City Council’s Commercial Waste Services is anticipating an immense clean-up of over 200 tonnes of waste, with 170 workers and 60 vehicles in action over the weekend.

Waste collections during the carnival

The general waste collected by Westminster’s cleaning teams will be taken to Veolia’s London SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility, where it will be converted into enough energy to power the equivalent of 80,000 hot showers and travel 84 km on the tube. All cans and other metals discarded will be recycled at the event as well as plastic bottles and cardboard boxes.

Westminster City Council will also be trialling for the first time a food waste collection service for vendors working at the carnival. Westminster City Council would like to encourage a behavioural change for businesses to recycle their food waste. By doing this, the city will also be able to help reduce the overall carbon footprint of the carnival.

The staff from Westminster City Council’s contractor Veolia are aiming to complete the clean-up in under three hours and remove all debris from the streets before Tuesday morning. Cleaning teams will be on the ground from 21:00 on Sunday and Monday nights before the clean-up operation officially begins at 22:00.

Clean-up for affected households and businesses

Households that are situated along the carnival route, which encompasses 3.5 miles of Notting Hill’s streets, will be offered free front garden and basement cleaning services, beginning on Wednesday morning. Late registrations for this service will be accepted up until Thursday 5th September.

Businesses along the carnival route using Westminster City Council’s Commercial Waste Services (via Veolia) will have their commercial waste collected during the clean-up. During the event, avoid placing waste or recycling bins and bags out on the street as it causes obstructions and poses risks to public safety. Make sure the waste is segregated and presented appropriately in the official red and blue bags (ordinary black bags are prohibited for commercial waste).

Read our latest article, ‘Your waste collections in the City of Westminster during special events’ and check out our special events leaflet for more information on your commercial waste collections.


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This year, the carnival is organised by Notting Hill Carnival Limited, with support from Westminster City Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the Metropolitan Police Service.

For more information on this year’s Notting Hill Carnival event, including road closures, traffic information, and parking suspensions, visit: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/notting-hill-carnival