After the Times Square party comes the cleanup

After the Times Square party comes the cleanup

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Party items on sale for celebrations on December 31, 2013 in Times Square in New York. Cold temperatures are forecast as the crowd is expected to reach one million to watch the New Year ball to drop. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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KMOV.com

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 10:30 AM

   Shortly after the ball dropped Wednesday in Times Square, cleanup crews got to work.

   About 40 workers from the Times Square Alliance were ready with brooms and blowers to clear the confetti paper, pizza boxes, streamers, popped balloons and empty soda bottles littered on the sidewalks and push them into the street. Alliance sanitation director Joe Costarella says once the trash was off the streets, the Department of Sanitation street brooms would drive through and suck up garbage.

   Last year, the sanitation crews removed 50.84 tons of debris.

   Hundreds of thousands of revelers packed the bow tie section of streets in Manhattan for the annual celebration.

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