Trafalgar Square Chinese New Year party - the world's biggest outside China - creates 20 tonnes of rubbish

Westminster City Council collected 20 tonnes of rubbish after the world’s biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside China on Sunday.

It was the biggest post-Chinese New Year clean-up ever seen, with 50 members of staff and 10 vehicles involved in the operation, according to the council.

Teams collected roughly 20 tonnes of waste, which will be converted into enough green energy to power 88,333 hours of television or 8,000 hot showers.

An extra 20 bins were installed in Trafalgar Square to hold rubbish generated by the crowds and staff were litter picking during the day.

The bins were emptied twice during the event itself and again when the clean-up was completed.

Festivities, which celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Horse, came to an end at 6pm.

Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management, said: “Westminster is proud to host the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside China itself.

“Our teams are used to handling big events and worked tirelessly to make sure the streets of the West End were spick and span in time for Monday morning.”

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