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Royal Wedding Leaves Royal Refuse Removal

by Julia Dunn

LONDON (WGGB) — Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in London to watch the wedding of the year.  All those people eventually leave and in return leave a mess behind a massive mess to clean-up.

The crowd roars with excitement as William and Kate share a kiss as husband and wife and drive by in an Aston Martin convertible.  

Then, a mass exodus of red, white and blue, leaving behind a lot of trash.

Kay Dennison is embarrassed by the refuse disposal taken by others in the crowd.  “We as a family cannot believe the amount of rubbish that’s been left behind. I have tied my rubbish to my rucksack and I’m taking it home with me or at least until I find a place to put it,” she says

Dennison camped out overnight with her family. As you can see, she’s made it a point to keep things clean.  She adds, “The number of times the street cleaners went up and down in the middle of the night making sure everything was perfect for today.  It’s just disgusting.”

“Pickin’ up all the rubbish basically. All the stuff people leave behind, chairs, tents, cigarettes, beer cans,” says Craig Buttery, who works for a cleaning company called Enterprise. He and fellow co-workers may get the rough end of the stick but he says he’s paid well. 

However, like Dennison, Buttery is surprised at the trash left behind.  “You just don’t wee this kind of mess. It’s embarrassing.” 

For an event this big, there’s actually only 25 guys who are out here today cleaning up the whole place.  One we spoke with say the issue isn’t there not being enough trash bins, it’s people not making use of them.

Along this road, called The Mall, “Just looking after portaloos at the moment.  Making sure they’re stocked, says Matt Main who has his work cut out for him.

Dealing with dozens of portaloos. He says he hasn’t run into any problems…yet I asked if he had found something disgusting. “I hope not. I really really hope not,” adds Main

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