London Marathon clean-up team collects seven tonnes of waste in just over two hours

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The 37th Virgin London Marathon saw over 40,000 runners compete in the 26.2 mile course. Also out in force was Westminster City Council’s cleaning team along with Veolia who started their marathon job of clearing the route the moment the final runner crossed the finish line.

The 40-strong clean-up team set to work just after 5pm, and had the course cleared in a little over two hours.

This wasn’t far off this year's Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany's elite winners race times.

"It was a triumph in efficiency, given the 750,000 bottles of water available to runners on the day and the huge crowds who turned out in support," said David Harvey, cabinet member for environment, sports and community. "They cleared seven tonnes of waste, and four tonnes of recycling that will be repurposed as new bottles, eco-friendly clothing, upholstery for car seats, and more. Our clean-up team worked from 6am, right through to the final big push from 5pm, when they restored the streets to meet the high standards that people expect and made Westminster ready for business as usual on Monday.”

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