Veolia staff cleaning up after the Coronation
Veolia staff cleaning up after the Coronation

Following the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort on Saturday 6 May, Westminster Council undertook a massive clean-up operation

  • Over 50 tonnes of recycling and rubbish collected from the event area
  • This is in addition to the approximately 650 tonnes collected on an average weekend
  • 50 tonnes of sand laid down for the horses in the procession was swept back up within two hours to enable the streets to be safely re-opened.
  • Over 100 operatives across 8 teams working from 3am to cover the event area and procession route.
  • 15 road sweepers, 3 gritters and 2 assisted power electric bicycle removal vehicles were in operation
  • The clean-up operation was finished by 6pm Saturday evening.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality, said:

“I want to thank our partners Veolia for their hard work over the weekend, pre and post event. We are well versed in dealing with major national events, but this was a huge operation and our street cleaning teams have done an exceptional job once again. They did Westminster and the country proud, keeping the streets clean for residents, businesses and visitors …… and fit for a King!

“Weeks of behind-the-scenes preparation went into making Saturday’s Coronation possible. Veolia’s teams did a fantastic job in making sure the city got back to normal as quickly as possible. Credit must also go to them for trying to make the clean up as sustainable as possible by making sure recycling was separated and using electric vehicles where possible. ·

“From the council officers giving up their time to make sure everything ran smoothly in City Hall and all our incredible volunteers who helped Marshall the screening at Pad Rec on Saturday as well as on the big help out on Monday. I want to say a big thank you to them all.”

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