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Launch of Clean Britain Awards 2014

The campaign for the Clean Britain Awards 2014, which recognise the efforts of local authorities to achieve high standards of street cleanliness and local environmental quality, opened for entries today at a launch event in Northamptonshire.

Now in their 25th year, the Clean Britain Awards reflect the importance of a clean and well maintained environment in promoting better quality of life in local communities and supporting economic development and prosperity. Welcoming the launch of the 2014 awards, waste and resources minister Lord de Mauley said: “Local environment quality is an issue that is of utmost importance to local communities, and those that work tirelessly to help keep our local streets and amenities clean and pleasant are often overlooked. I am delighted that the CIWM Clean Britain Awards, being launched today, recognise these unsung heroes for all their dedication and efforts, and I fully support the initiative.”

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) took over the running and management of the awards in 2012 from the British Cleaning Council (BCC), which continues to support the initiative.

 “In 2011/12, local authorities spent over £700 million on street cleansing and this major contribution to keeping our public spaces clean and attractive deserves recognition,” says CIWM chief executive Steve Lee. “Research has shown that people are genuinely concerned about issues such as litter and graffiti and that their perceptions of safety and wellbeing are affected by the cleanliness of their local area. Through these awards we want to raise the profile of the excellent services being provided by many councils, and encourage communities and local organisations to get involved too.”

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