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London's Pride: biggest clean-up operation to date
Veolia's fully electric street cleansing fleet and dedicated team ensured a swift and effective clean-up operation for one of the biggest events of the year, collecting over 180 tonnes of waste as more than a million people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade in London.
With incredibly high footfall and a large footprint to cover, Veolia's collection teams cleared over 75 tonnes of waste from the parade and 105 tonnes from evening celebrations. Its street cleansing teams worked tirelessly into the early hours of Sunday morning ensuring the city was safe and clean ready for the next day.
Pride is Veolia Westminster's busiest event of the year and 2022 was even more special for the company, because for the first time, 60 Veolia colleagues joined the LGBTQ+ community for Pride in London.
"We are delighted to see Pride in London has returned,” says Helder Branco, general manager for Westminster at Veolia. “This year, at London's biggest ever parade, not only did we march together as a team, but our collections and street cleansing crews worked tirelessly throughout the event and well into Sunday morning to ensure a clean and green city for all the following day.
“We loved seeing the city come together and celebrate diversity and inclusion so it was really important to Veolia that we did more this year to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community."
Kristopher Phelps, Inclusion Lead at Veolia says:
"We believe everyone should be accepted for who they are, that's why all our colleagues and friends are really excited to represent Veolia in its first year taking part in the parade.
“We want to show our staff, prospective employees, our customers and stakeholders that we are proud of our diverse teams, and the communities we serve. Veolia is a place where you are supported and encouraged to be yourself, and a company that reflects, respects and is at the heart of our local communities."
With nearly 179,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste and energy management.
Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and replenish them. In 2021, the Veolia group provided 79 million inhabitants with drinking water and 61 million with sanitation, produced nearly 48 million megawatt hours and recovered 48 million tonnes of waste.
Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of 28,508 billion euros in 2021.
7th July 2022