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MARATHON EFFORT GOES INTO LONDON CLEAN-UP

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After the London Marathon competitors set off on Sunday another group of dedicated men and women began working up a...
After the London Marathon competitors set off on Sunday another group of dedicated men and women began working up a sweat as Greenwich Council's Cleansweep and recycling teams moved in to clean up after them. About 50 men and women were involved in clearing away all traces of the marathon's route through Greenwich and about 85 per cent of the waste was taken away to be recycled.

The crews, backed up by four mechanical brooms - called Scarabs - and four refuse vehicles, three of which were for recyclable waste, took to the streets of Greenwich at about 7am on Sunday and worked tirelessly until the job was done.

They collected about 150,000 plastic water bottles and other items discarded by the marathon runners. Most of the waste was taken to the Thamesmead Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), which processes about 75,000 tonnes of waste a year, recovering five types of separated plastic and three grades of paper to sell on.

It also recycles cans, glass and cardboard in addition to plastics and paper.

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