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A round-up of good practice and useful information...
A round-up of good practice and useful information

Plastic not fantastic

Camden LBC is stepping up its campaign to cut plastic bag usage in the borough. Camden Library Service will no longer be supplying new bags, but setting up 'bring and take' bins to store old ones. The council hopes this will save the use of around 12,000 bags per year. Furthermore, Camden is sending cotton shopping bags to 100,000 households. It calculates that if one person from each household uses these bags rather than normal supermarket ones, 29m plastic bags a year could be diverted from landfill.

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Boost for business

Budding entrepreneurs in Cheshire will get a leg up the career ladder thanks to the establishment of the Salford Innovation Forum Centre. The centre, whose development is being led by Salford City Council, will boast 5,000 square metres of managed office space for business start-ups and small to medium enterprises. Salford hopes this will see the creation of 55 new businesses. It will also be used to provide training and space for business education use by local schools and colleges.

The centre's development is being supported by£5.9m from the North West Regional Development Agency and£3.4m from the European Regional Development Fund.

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Saving the planet

Cambridgeshire councils have been named as centres of excellence in providing recycling and waste management services. The Recycling in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough partnership has just won a beacon award for recycling 43% of its waste - well over the national average of 23% - and for persuading residents to produce less rubbish. It has run education and awareness campaigns with a range of high profile activities, including 'Slim your bin', 'Choose2Reuse', the operation of two schools recycling buses and an education centre based next to a recycling centre and landfill site. It was one of only two partnerships to win the recycling award, the other being in Suffolk.

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Children first

Greenwich LBC is hoping to reduce the number of children it places in care at short notice, by launching a scheme to support families with mental health problems. The Children & Parents Empowered project, run in partnership with Oxleas NHS Trust, aims to help families cope in any eventuality. Its work will include helping families plan for periods of hospitalisation; supporting vulnerable expectant and new mothers; helping parents get children to school; working to reduce the stress of parenting; and care planning.

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City's big clean up

Bradford residents have been donning their marigolds to help clean up neighbourhoods.

City of Bradford MDC launched the five-week long Big Sweep at the beginning of March to discourage residents from dropping litter. Council staff have been handing out disposable ashtrays and chewing gum pouches. Residents who send in a photograph of themselves using the pouches instead of dropping gum on the pavement could win£50.

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