The thrills and spills of the Olympics and the diverse events around it left a huge challenge for Ryans Cleaning. The company cleaned up more than 550 tonnes of waste left in Hyde Park and Victoria Park, where more than a million visitors passed through over the two-week spectacular.
During the course of the two weeks, Ryans employed more than 3600 staff to meet the demands of the operation, using 63,000 refuse sacks and 5400 pairs of gloves in the process.
Pat Ryan, managing director of Ryans Cleaning, said: “The preparations for this event started back in September. We had to devise a logistical plan of how to move waste in the heart of London during these high volume weeks. We also had to mobilise our people and make sure they had transport to arrive on site on time each day to do the job. The venues were open each day from 11am to midnight, and it was our job to ensure the parks were clean and maintained during the day and when the visitors left it was down to our night cleaning team to return the venues to their tip-top condition. It was a great team effort.”
During the Queen’s jubilee celebrations, 300 of the Ryans Cleaning team provided services at Battersea Park, Victoria Park and sections of Hyde Park and it is estimated that the team gathered between 70 and 90 tonnes of rubbish.