Notting Hill Carnival waste converted into energy

More than 150 tonnes of waste from the annual Notting Hill Carnival will help generate enough energy power to 80,000 hot showers, Westminster City Council has revealed.

Following the annual festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend, around 170 workers and 60 vehicles – including staff from contractor Veolia, managed the clean up the streets in just three hours.

According to the London borough, the waste will be converted into enough energy to power 80,000 hot showers or travel 84km on the Tube - four times the length of the Victoria Line.

The discarded rubbish included mountains of chicken and - somewhat surprisingly - several discarded microwaves.

Much of what was collected, including plastic bottles and drink cans, will be recycled. The remainder will be converted into enough energy via the South East London Combined Heat and Power facility.

Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for City Management, Transport and Infrastructure, said: "Carnival is a major fixture in Westminster's calendar, and a great deal of work goes into making sure the impact on residents is kept to a minimum.

"Once again, our cleaning teams have worked tirelessly over the course of the weekend to restore the area to pristine condition for residents and businesses in time for Tuesday morning."

Scott Edgell, Veolia's General Manager for Central London, said: "We're well used to dealing with cleaning up after large scale events in Westminster, from the London Marathon to New Year's Day Parade. But Carnival is particularly exciting, and challenging, given the sheer scale of the event in such a confined area."

The event is organised each year by the London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust Ltd (LNHCET), with support from Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues.

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