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Marathon clean-up delivers PB for plastic recycling

Marathon clean-up delivers PB for plastic recycling

This year Veolia’s London Marathon clean-up delivered a personal best for recycling, with over 350,000 plastic bottles collected for reprocessing.

The route of the 26.2 mile race passed through six London boroughs. Veolia managed the swift clear-up operation in three of the boroughs, enabling the streets in the City of London, Westminster and Tower Hamlets to be reopened within six hours of the race passing through.

Across the three locations, Veolia deployed over 40 vehicles and 120 staff and, based on the results from previous years, expects to have cleared over 350,000 plastic bottles from the race course. All of the plastic bottles collected for recycling support the delivery of a sustainable solution for the Marathon and a clear win for London’s resources.

Jeremy Simons, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “The London Marathon is one of the most famous long-distance running events in the world. We’re proud to be recycling so many plastic bottles in the Square Mile, and this year we are rolling out 10 new water refill points, bringing the total to 17.”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “The London Marathon is such an amazing event that requires a lot of coordination across many different services. We work closely with Veolia every year to ensure there is a robust and thorough clean-up process following the race. This is part of our commitment to keeping our streets clean, increasing recycling and making the borough cleaner and greener.”

Veolia is one of the leading waste management providers for the catering and hospitality sector with contracts serving many major nationwide businesses.

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