50 tons of trash expected after Times Square New Year's Eve bash

New Year’s Eve in Times Square, New York City is always one heck of a party — but it’s also a cleanup effort of enormous proportions. 

Almost 1 million revelers, braving freezing temperatures, packed into Times Square on Sunday to ring in 2018. At midnight, the crowd squealed with delight as the glittery crystal ball dropped and confetti — about 3,000 pounds of it — rained down. Partygoers later gushed about the “beautiful” experience as they made their way out of midtown Manhattan.

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New Year's Eve in Times Square through the years
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New Year's Eve in Times Square through the years
(Original Caption) 1/1/1942-New York, New York-ORIGINAL CAPTION READS: Picture shows the crowd cheering in Times Square on New Years Eve, 1941.
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Crowd fills Times Square for New Year's Eve celebration. (Photo by Ebbs Breuer/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Crowds standing near an illuminated sign advertising the roman epic 'Quo Vadis' in New York's Times Square on New Years Eve. (Photo by Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
Celebrations on New Year's Eve, 1955, attract a huge crowd at Times Square.
(Original Caption) 1/1/1975-New York, New York-ORIGINAL CAPTION READS: Thousands of joyous New Year's Eve revelers crowd the Times Square area to watch the 86-foot descent of the 100-pound ball atop the 'building with no name.' In previous years, this building was called the Allied Chemical Building but, a man named ALex Barker, bought the structure earlier this year and announced that he would 'unname' it as of midnight.
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 31: DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE 1980 - 12/31/79 - 1/1/80, Dick Clark will lead America into the New Year, Monday, Dec. 31(11:35 p.m.-1:05 a.m., ET) on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1980', airing on the ABC Television Network. Clark will count down to midnight from Times Square in New York City., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 31: DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE 1988 - 12/31/87 - 1/1/88, Dick Clark will lead America into the New Year, on Thursday, Dec. 31 (11:35 p.m.-1:05 a.m., ET) on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1988', airing on the ABC Television Network. Clark will count down to midnight from Times Square in New York City., (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: New Year's Eve celebrants wave balloons on a rainy and cold night in New York's Times Square as they await the coming of 1995 31 December. Police estimated that as many as 300,000 people crowded into Times Square to celebrate.(COLOR KEY: Barrier is blue, white letters.) (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: As the new year arrives, New York's Times Square is filled with celebrants 01 January. Despite cold and rainy weather, a crowd estimated at over 300,000 filled the streets to welcome 1995.(COLOR KEY: JVC sign is red with white letters.) (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A New York City police officer (R) distributes balloons to some of the 500,000 people who braved the cold weather to celebrate the New Year in Times Square in New York 31 December. New York City Mayor and Rudolph Giuliani and a young Chinese gymnast ushered in 1999 pressed the button together that dropped the New Year's Ball to signal the beginning of the New Year. AFP PHOTOS Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Father Time, a 16-foot-tall puppet, drifts above the crowd in Times Square which gathered to celebrate the New Year in New York 31 December. An estimated 500,000 people braved temperatures in the 20 degree range to welcome in 1999. AFP PHOTOS/Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
N 344606 002 12/31/98 New York City New Year's Eve In Times Square (Photo By Jeff Christensen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Jamie Doran (L) and Lindsay Massey (C) from Virginia and Dana Martinez (R) from Texas begin celebrating the new year just before midnight 31 December in New York's Times Square. Thousands braved harsh tmperatures to welcome 1998. AFP PHOTO Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 29: Performers are dressed for the chill temperatures as they rehearse for year 2000 New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Steven Goldmacher of Philips Lighting Company screws in one of the 168 light bulbs in the Times Square New Year's Eve ball 20 December 1999 in New York. The six-feet diameter, 1,070 pound crystal ball will make its debut as the centerpiece of the Times Square 2000 celebration. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
360337 07: A crowd watches a street performer in Times Square November 15, 1999 in New York City. The Times Square area is undergoing a thorough revitalization prior to hosting its largest New Year''s Eve celebration, an event that will include elements of theater, street carnival, sound and light shows and dance to ring in the millennium for over 24 hours for every country in every time zone. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Liaison)
360337 07: A crowd watches a street performer in Times Square November 15, 1999 in New York City. The Times Square area is undergoing a thorough revitalization prior to hosting its largest New Year''s Eve celebration, an event that will include elements of theater, street carnival, sound and light shows and dance to ring in the millennium for over 24 hours for every country in every time zone. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Liaison)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1999: DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE 1999 - 12/31/98- 1/1/99, Dick Clark will lead America into the New Year, on Thursday, Dec. 31 (11:35 p.m.-1:05 a.m., ET) on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1999', airing on the ABC Television Network. Clark will count down to midnight from Times Square in New York City., Pictured: Dick Clark, (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images)
Julia Stiles, Andres Gomez MTV New Year's Eve Party MTV Studios, Times Square, NYC December 31, 2000. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Revelers in Times Square in New York prepare to ring in the year 2001, 31 December 2000. Times Square is a traditional gathering site to bring in the new year, and this year's crowd is expected to reach 500,000. . AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
N362241 02: Crowds of people wave balloons as they continue to party at Times Square, New York City long after Times Square 2000 bash kicked off at 6:30 a.m. this morning, December 31, 1999--when New Year arrived in the South Pacific. One thousand workers and volunteers join 500 musicians, dancers and actors, and 160 oversized puppets, to entertain the crowd. The party will go on past six a.m. tomorrow morning after the midnight debut of the stunning Waterford Crystal ball. (photo by Chris Hondros/Liaison Agency)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Atmosphere during New Year's 2006 in New York City - Times Square Atmosphere at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 - Celebrating the New Year in Times Square, the ABC Television Network presents Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Friday, December 31, 2010. The Backstreet Boys, Ke$ha, New Kids on the Block and Ryan Seacrest party in 2011. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 - Celebrating the New Year in Times Square, the ABC Television Network presents Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Friday, December 31, 2010. The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block team up performing live in New York City. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) BACKSTREET BOYS, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 - 12/31/10 Celebrating the New Year in Times Square, the ABC Television Network presents Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Friday, December 31, 2010. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) DICK CLARK
Ryan Seacrest and Carrie Underwood speak during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City.
Revelers in Times Square wait for the ball to drop during New Year's Eve celebrations in New York, December 31, 2015. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images)
DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018 Live performances from Times Square in the heart of New York City, are featured on Americas biggest celebration of the year, DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) RYAN SEACREST
Fireworks go off in Times Square to celebrate the New Year in New York City, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A couple kisses while they celebrate the New Year in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Confetti falls in Times Square just after midnight during New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
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But the clearing crowds revealed something not so beautiful: the night’s staggering detritus, including streamers and party hats, cigarette butts, food containers and other trash littering the ground.

Revelers play in confetti in Times Square during the New Year celebrations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018.Confetti falls in Times Square just after midnight on January 1, 2018.

The city’s Department of Sanitation told AM New York last week that they expected to clear more than 50 tons of trash at Times Square post-New Year’s Eve ― about the same amount generated at last year’s bash. 

The department said a total of 294 sanitation workers would be on duty to clean up in the aftermath of the party, armed with 30 mechanical brooms, 58 backpack blowers, 44 collection trucks and 58 old-fashioned hand brooms.

According to Paul Visconti, chief of the sanitation department, the clean-up effort would likely take about 12 to 16 hours to complete.

“It’s something short of a miracle what we get accomplished,” he told AM New York last week.

“It’s rewarding to see 50 tons of debris disappear,” Visconti added. “It’s not easy but we make it look easy.” 

Social media users took to Twitter late Sunday and early Monday to express  their gratitude and awe for the sanitation workers tasked with cleaning up the huge mess at Times Square.

One user called the workers “the real MVPs” of the night.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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