Amsterdam: cleaning up after Queens Day
1st May 2011, 0 comments
The city council has deployed 16 road sweepers, high-pressure water hoses and 20 garbage trucks to clean up the mess left behind by the hundreds of thousands of people who celebrated Queen’s Day in Amsterdam.
A council spokesperson said the operation was on schedule, and that the council hoped to have everything cleaned up by 22.00 on Sunday night.The cleaning crews launched their 24-hour operation on Saturday night.
The 380 refuse collectors taking part in the clean-up are expected to collect a total of 185 tons of garbage left behind by the Queen’s Day merrymakers - about the same as in previous years.
The road sweepers dump their loads in a barge in the Singel canal and, on Sunday morning, the first barge already had 45 tons of garbage. However, a strong wind blowing refuse in all directions is hampering the clean-up operation.
© Radio Netherlands Worldwide