This weekend, nearly 1 million people braved the bitter cold to attend the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square in New York City. The event lasted hours and concluded with the crowd being covered in 3,000 pounds of confetti at midnight as the ball dropped.
After the event ended and the crowd cleared, the New York City Department of Sanitation worked to clear the confetti and about 50 tons of trash from city streets via 30 mechanical brooms, 58 backpack blowers, 44 collection trucks and 58 hand brooms. Some of the items removed include streamers, party hats, cigarette butts and food containers.
Huffington Post has more information:
New Year’s Eve in Times Square is always one heck of a party in New York City — but it also requires a cleanup effort of enormous proportions.
Almost 1 million revelers, braving freezing temperatures, packed into Times Square on Sunday to ring in 2018. At midnight, the crowd squealed with delight as the glittery crystal ball dropped and confetti — about 3,000 pounds of it — rained down. Partygoers later gushed about the “beautiful” experience as they made their way out of midtown Manhattan.
But the clearing crowds revealed something not so beautiful: the night’s staggering detritus, including streamers and party hats, cigarette butts, food containers and other trash littering the ground.