01 Jan '17, 9pm

After Marina Bay's big party, it's the big cleanup

The smoke from the fireworks above Marina Bay took minutes to clear, but the trash left behind by revellers took hours. Close to 300 cleaners hired by the New Year countdown event organisers toiled from midnight until 7am yesterday to clean up the Marina Bay area, said the Esplanade's head of programme management (music and planning), Mr Joseph Tan. They were deployed all around the bay, where massive crowds had gathered on New Year's Eve to watch the annual fireworks. One cleaner, who wanted to be known only as Madam Tan, said the trash situation was not as bad this year, thanks to civic-minded partygoers. She said in Mandarin: "I could see that many people held on to their trash as they left. Some thanked me and wished me a happy new year when they saw me." The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown, jointly organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Esplanade - Thea...

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