Around two thirds of the route passed through the borough, showcasing iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge (pictured).
- The streets in Tower Hamlets returned to normal within 6 hours
- Over 300,000 plastic bottles collected for reprocessing.
Tower Hamlets was proud to be a host borough for the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22 April.
Around two thirds of the route passed through the borough, showcasing iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
The streets were thronged with cheering crowds to see the world’s elite runners and wheelchair athletes with special excitement at a new British Marathon record for Sir Mo Farah.
The international event provides a shot in the arm for the local economy with tens of thousands of spectators lining the route in Tower Hamlets to cheer the runners on as it passed through Canary Wharf, Limehouse, Shadwell, Wapping and Tower Hill.
As the 40,000 runners left the borough, Tower Hamlets Council and their waste management partner Veolia raced into action deploying 18 vehicles and 81 staff to get the streets back to normal within 6 hours.
Together they achieved a clear recycling win for Tower Hamlets and other parts of the capital, collecting more than 300,000 plastic bottles for recycling, as opposed to allowing them to enter the general waste stream.
Robin Payne Interim Divisional Director of Public Realm at Tower Hamlets Council said: “Tower Hamlets offers the best of London in one borough and the London marathon is a chance for the world to see our landmarks. Of course there is a lot of litter afterwards and that’s why we had 81 staff warmed up and ready to clean our streets and recycle as much rubbish as possible.”
Pascal Hauret, Regional Director for Veolia London, commented: “The London Marathon is a fantastic event and our teams sprinted into action once the runners had passed to ensure that we captured all of the waste and recycled as much of it as we possibly can. We are delighted to have played our part in this year’s event.”
Posted on Monday 23rd April 2018