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Sanitation plans clean sweep for Sunday's ING New York City Marathon

November 3, 2006 | Vito A. Turso / Matthew LiPani (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 06-58, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It's a global run representing more than 100 countries through dozens of neighborhoods of New York City's five boroughs.  This Sunday, for the 37th time, tens of thousands of runners will dash along the 26.2 grueling and demanding miles of the ING New York City Marathon.  But following just behind the throngs of runners will be an army of Department of Sanitation employees who will sweep the streets clean of clothing, more than one and a half million drinking cups, water bottles, and other assorted debris and litter left in the wake of 37,000 participants and more than 2.5 million spectators.

The Department of Sanitation will deploy 140 uniformed personnel to operate 31 collection trucks, 38 mechanical brooms, 9 dump trucks, and a fleet of small pickup vehicles to remove the marathon trash.  Sanitation's clean up begins well before the first winner is wrapped in a mylar blanket and crowned with a laurel wreath after crossing the finish line in Central Park.  Following the 2005 ING New York City Marathon, Sanitation collected 297 tons of litter and debris. 

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty said "The Department is proud to be a part of the ING New York City Marathon, which touches every borough of the City.  Marathon Sunday in New York City welcomes the professional runner as well as the individual who seeks to improve their personal best.  I join with all New Yorkers in cheering on all the runners, some of whom are off-duty members of New York's Strongest."