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

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

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 blowers to clean up the ticker tape after the World Cup parade in Manhattan on Wednesday.
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: Hulu / George Kraychyk

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.

The Women's World Cup ticker-tape parade generated tons of debris and trash.
The Women’s World Cup ticker-tape parade generated tons of debris and trash. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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.

Lauren Cook