(NEW YORK) -- They started cleaning up from the New Year's celebration in New York City's Times Square almost before all the revelers had left the space. The same story was playing out Saturday morning in public spaces the world over.
More than one million people showed up at the so-called "crossroads of the world" to watch the ball drop at midnight. Fireworks went off at midnight from every corner of the world, marking the beginning of 2011. Then the cleanup began.
In New York, 175 sanitation workers were in position, ready to go the minute Times Square cleared out. They were expected to tackle nearly 40 tons of confetti, party favors and trash dropped by the departing partygoers. They were armed with 23 mechanical sweepers, 21 collection trucks and 36 leaf blowers. Last year's Times Square cleanup cost a reported $53,000.
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