Party over, cleanup time

SINGAPORE - As the smoke and dust settle over Marina Bay and revellers disperse to their next party location, another group swooped in to deal with the aftermath.

Armed with brooms, garbage bags and tongs, some hundred cleaners were at the Marina Bay area to clean up the confetti, empty water bottles and other assorted rubbish carelessly strewn on the ground.

At the Marina Bay Sands boardwalk, the aftermath of the countdown included empty chips bags, discarded drink cans, and plastic bags.

One of the cleaners, Mr Mohd Faris, 41, who was working from 6pm to 3am, said: "There's a lot more rubbish this year, because there're more people here."

The worst thing to clean, he said, is the vomit from drunken revellers.

"People drink, confirm vomit, and if it's in my area, I have to clean."

These part-time cleaners are paid $100 for nine hours of work.

More than 400 rubbish bins were placed at the Marina Bay area, according the National Environment Agency.

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