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10 events that need their own landfills

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 29, 2009, 5:13 p.m.
Multicolored confetti on dark Times Square street on New Year's Day

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NYC's Times Square on New Year's Eve

The world's most famous New Year's Eve celebration draws over 1 million partiers to Times Square. Unfortunately, the ball isn't the only thing that gets dropped. Over 40 tons of garbage (from confetti to noise makers and beyond) are discarded, an annual gift for lucky NYC Department of Sanitation employees, about 200 of whom are assigned to this task. And the 25 mph wind gusts don't help the situation. "There's probably confetti as far as the East River," said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty after this year's festivities.