Rose Parade leaves 50 tons of trash; city manages quick cleanup
When the Rose Parade floats are gone and spectators head home, what’s left behind?
About 50 tons of trash, 3,500 beverage containers and five tons of cardboard.
A team of 80 workers swept through the parade route Monday night and Tuesday morning, cleaning up debris and scrubbing streets and sidewalks after Pasadena’s largest event, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people this year.
The Rose Bowl game, held at the stadium a few minutes’ walk from Old Pasadena, produced about 50 tons of trash, 30 tons of cardboard and 100,000 beverage containers.
The figures are preliminary, and are based on field estimations by the city Public Works Department and last year’s haul, according to city spokeswoman Ann Erdman.
Immediately after the parade — and after Occupy the Rose Parade demonstrators took to the streets — crews picked up discarded furniture and cleared the streets of safety hazards such as fire pits created by campers, said Andy Torres, superintendent of the Street Maintenance and Integrated Waste Management Division of the Public Works Department.
The real work started at 10 p.m. Monday, when employees scrubbed the 5.5.-mile parade route, finishing at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
“It's important to have the roads cleaned up because we want to present ourselves to the city and community in a good light,” Torres said. “Generally speaking it's business as usual the next day.”
“When we're finished and look in the morning, we feel good about being able to accomplish what we did in such a short period of time considering how long the parade route is,” Torres said.
People walking down Colorado Boulevard in the immediate aftermath of the parade were stepping around overflowing garbage cans, piles of detritus and trampled trash and belongings.
But Phyllis Lee, owner of Prestige Jewelry on Colorado, opened the doors to her business on Tuesday and said a person wouldn't have known there had been a parade the day before.
“They did a great job of cleaning up, we've been here for nine years and that's always the case,” Lee told the Pasadena Sun. “Businesses can go back to business as usual and the tourists can enjoy a clean city.”
-- Adolfo Flores, Times Community News
Photo: Rose Parade grand marshal J.R. Martinez, center, waves to the crowd. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times