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Dept. Of Sanitation: Times Square Saw 48 Tons Of Trash On New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- New Year's Eve is a night to celebrate, but what happens when all the revelry has been had and everyone goes home?

The Department of Sanitation swoops in and cleans up New York City's mess.

On Monday, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced the sanitation department collected a whopping 48 tons of trash from Times Square after the ball drop.

As New Yorkers and tourists alike filed out of the Crossroads of the World, a small army of sanitation workers descended on the area to remove party hats, confetti, noise makers and other trash.

About 178 sanitation workers were deployed, along with 26 mechanical sweepers, 25 collection trucks, 38 leaf blowers, and other types of street cleaning equipment.

"Every year, the Department of Sanitation does its part to sweep clean Times Square from the festivities of New York Eve. The cleanup is a tremendous undertaking that's done smoothly, efficiently, and quickly to open the area to pedestrian and vehicular traffic," said Commissioner Garcia. "Our employees take pride in cleaning up after a big celebration and look forward to doing it again next year."

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