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Welcome to our first issue of Cleanzine for 2017 and may we wish you a Happy New Year. And whether you were amongst crowds gathered in cities all over the world to join the countdown to midnight and watch the fireworks, or whether you celebrated quietly with family and friends, we hope it was wonderful. And let's not forget those who'll remember the celebrations for a different reason - those who have to clean up after the rest of us!
And just as the organisers compete ever harder to stage the most impressive firework displays, so are the cleaning crews starting to shout about the great work they're doing and the speed at which they're completing it. www.abcnews.go.com has an interesting clip showing New York's sanitation workers clearing up after around 1 million Times Square revellers and it reels off some fascinating statistics... 180 cleaners using leaf blowers and other equipment together with some 50 street sweepers and garbage trucks, cleared up 52 tonnes of rubbish - which included 3000 lbs of confetti that had been deliberately let loose. Incredibly, everything was cleared by 06:00, but it was obvious from the video that everyone worked hard and fast and that the operation was well planned.
Across the other side of the world, in Dubai, 27 tonnes of rubbish was collected following celebrations at landmarks including Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah beach and the Marina. Abdul Majeed Sifai, director of waste management, told The National AE that more than 800 cleaners were involved in cleaning up after some two million revellers. It took until 08:00 and resulted in more than 10,150 bags of waste. There were cleanup operations at other popular locations, too, involving 28 cleaners and three supervisors, four sand sweepers (now that paints a picture!) and 106 additional waste containers that had been set out before the celebrations. At the Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk, bags of rubbish were stacked for collection before fitness enthusiasts set out for their early morning jog.
More than 1,000 staff from the municipality and private companies had pitched in when the festivities ended. "I've filled 50 to 60 bags of garbage since 04:00 so everything is clear when people wake up, it's our job to get everything back to normal," said civic worker Mohammed Arif.
Where would the world be without the cleaners, eh? Even if we could be persuaded to take our rubbish home with us...
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5th January 2017