Nearly 1 million people crowded into Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop, but it only takes 178 sanitation workers to clean it up the next day.
More than 2,000 pounds of confetti is dropped at the strike of midnight by an official confetti master (yes, that’s a job) and his team.
The 178 workers use 26 mechanical brooms, 25 trucks, 38 leaf blowers and other assorted equipment to clean up the mess made ringing in the new year, according to the City of New York Department of Sanitation.
Workers get started not long after the celebration ends, waiting only for the crowds to leave before they start cleaning up. It won’t take long before the biggest party of the year is cleaned up, according to Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
Last year, New York’s New Year’s sanitation team cleaned up about 52.3 tons of trash.