Notting Hill Carnival: The massive clean-up operation in pictures

Streets are swept
Work continues into the early hours of the morning
Streets needed to be cleaned ready for the next day
More than 30 refuse trucks and mechanical sweepers were used

The huge team gets to work on cleaning up rubbish

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This year’s Notting Hill Carnival was bigger, busier and messier than ever before... creating over 320 tonnes of rubbish. 

To clear up this mountain of detritus, the Council’s contractors, SUEZ, had more than 200 people working into the early hours of Monday and Tuesday, in an operation involving more than 30 refuse trucks and mechanical sweepers.

The team even used a large motorway vehicle to wash down the roads, in an operation that finished at 3am on Tuesday.

Speaking after the completion of the clean-up operation, Coucillor Tim Ahern, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “The challenge our Council officers and SUEZ face clearing up from one of Europe’s biggest street parties is always astounding, but they always rise to it. 

“I would like to thank the organisers, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust, and all the staff from the Council, TfL, London Ambulance, Metropolitan Police and all the other agencies that are involved in helping ensure the event is fun and safe for everyone.”​

Scroll through the gallery above to see the clean up operation