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The last of the New Year’s Eve revelers were still on the streets when the staff of waste management company FKF started cleaning up the capital’s public spaces at 6am on January 1. The work involved not only manpower, but also machines, with a total of 27 vehicles, their drivers, and 304 public cleaners cleaning the streets.
The rubbish is used for more than just any purpose: the accessories, like trumpets and hats, left behind from public celebrations are first disposed of in an environmentally friendly way and then taken to the Budapest Waste Treatment Plant. Once there, the waste is turned into energy through incineration, producing central heating and electricity.
FKF also stressed that after every major event, it uses increased mechanical and manual effort to clean up public areas, but this is no substitute for responsible behavior. If people were more respectful of public spaces and mindful of their proper use, i.e. not littering, they would greatly help the work of the cleaners.
In Budapest, it is usual for revelers to spend New Year’s Eve on the streets and this year was no different. Fortunately, New Year’s Eve celebrations passed peacefully and safely across the country.
Featured photo via Facebook/FKF