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Women's World Cup parade cleanup requires 350 sanitation workers, 19 trucks and more

The Department of Sanitation deployed 350 workers — armed with backpack blowers, brooms and more — to collect tons of trash and restore order after the women's World Cup parade.

The Department of Sanitation used brooms and leaf

The Department of Sanitation used brooms and leaf blowers to clean up the ticker tape after the World Cup parade in Manhattan on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Confetti rained down from buildings along the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan on Wednesday as New York City celebrated the U.S. women's national soccer team's fourth World Cup victory with a ticker-tape parade.

The parade, which began at 9:30 a.m. and ran north on Broadway from the Battery to City Hall, generated tons of debris and garbage as thousands gathered to catch a glimpse of the world soccer champs. Mayor Bill de Blasio also presented the team with keys to the city during a post-parade ceremony at City Hall.

And after the revelry ended, the Department of Sanitation swooped in with the goal of restoring order to the city's streets in just a matter of hours.

It's estimated that a whopping 30 tons of trash and debris was left for sanitation workers to collect after the last ticker tape parade in 2015, which was in celebration of the women's soccer team's third World Cup win.

Here's a look at what it takes to clean up after a ticker-tape parade, by the numbers.

350 sanitation workers cleaned up the mess.

130 backpack blowers were used to corral the ticker tape and other garbage.

130 hand brooms were also available for sanitation workers to use.

35 mechanical brooms were deployed.

15 cans on wheels helped make the cleanup process as easy as possible.

15 rear-loader trucks were on the streets.

4 front-loader trucks also were used for the heavy lifting.


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