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A cleaner, greener London Marathon in Tower Hamlets


Mayor John Biggs gets involved in the London Marathon clean-up

20 tonnes of rubbish was cleared from the streets of Tower Hamlets in 10 hours, as part of a large-scale London Marathon clean-up operation. 

A 70+ strong team of street sweepers picked up the litter, including more than 100,000 water bottles dropped by thirsty runners, which will now be recycled. 

The clean-up operation included the use of a brand new electric eco-vehicle, to help make the clean-up operation more environmentally sustainable.   

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:  

“We are proud to be a borough that welcomes the talented runners who take part in the London Marathon every year. We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to everyone who participated this past weekend.  

“It’s really important to get the clean-up after the event right, and it was good to join our street cleansing teams along the route to help out with the clean-up work.” 

Councillor Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said:  

“We wanted to extend a big well done to all the participants over the Marathon this year. Tower Hamlets is always an important part of the London Marathon route, and it always requires a big clean-up effort from our teams. 

“We are always looking to make our clean-up operations more sustainable and efficient. This year, we have introduced a new electric vehicle to our fleet, and are constantly looking to increase recycling rates.” 

Notes to editors: 

About the London Marathon in Tower Hamlets 

The London Marathon goes through Tower Hamlets more than any other London borough, with approximately ten miles of the marathon taking place inside its borders. Entering at the iconic Tower Bridge, participants cross the half-way line (13.1 miles) shortly afterwards before looping around through Canary Wharf and back towards Tower Hill.  

Posted on Tuesday 5th October 2021