Some 50,000 discarded plastic water bottles were collected during the London Marathon (Sunday April 13), with almost two tonnes to be sent for recycling by Westminster city council.
Special recycling bins were situated along the route of the 26.2 mile race to make it easier for runners to dispose of their bottles.
Meanwhile, any bottles left on the ground were removed by Veolia Environmental Service’s 40-strong street cleaning team which includes 23 manual sweepers and 14 vehicles.
“The London Marathon is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and draws the eyes of the world to the capital,” said Jarno Stet, Westminster city council’s waste services manager.
“Keeping our streets clean is a marathon, not a sprint, and in partnership with Veolia we work hard to meet the high standards people expect while ensuring that everything we collect is either recycled or converted into low carbon energy to power London’s homes.”