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The third issue of 'Clean City Interchange', the British Cleaning Council newsletter for UK cities taking up the ch...
The third issue of 'Clean City Interchange', the British Cleaning Council newsletter for UK cities taking up the challenge to become 'Britain's Cleanest City', has just gone out to every one of the 58 local authorities eligible to enter the biennial competition, which is organised by the BCC with the aim of encouraging and recognising efforts to raise cleanliness standards throughout Britain's cities.

Produced in response to the clearly stated demand from regular participants in the competition for a medium of communication through which `clean city' information can be channelled, `Clean City Interchange' offers the opportunity for cities to swap details of their experiences, procedures, new techniques and areas of particular skill.

Introduced by Andrew Henman, BCC chairman, the content of the new `Interchange' not only heralds the launch of the 2001 competition, when local authorities will begin to make their plans to thwart the ambitions of current holder, Chester, to become the first city to retain the title, but also embraces an array of other helpful topics.

These include some pointers from Dundee, Scotland's Recycling City, on how to manage a comprehensive range of recycling schemes such as those it has successfully put in place, as well as reminders about training guidelines like the Cleaning & Support Services National Training Organisation's nationally-accredited set of occupation standards for the Cleaning of Highways and Lands and Leicester City Council's courses on graffiti removal.

With the help of the Tidy Britain Group, `Interchange' focuses once again on the chewing-gum problem. Having established that more than 20 million of the UK's population are gum-chewers and that gum deposits form as much as five per cent of all litter, the group has recently produced a new information pack for local authorities entitled `Become an Authority on Gum'.

A contribution from Westminster City Council tells how it coped with a once-in-a-thousand years cleaning problem that may nonetheless have lessons for councils who more regularly have to tackle the aftermath of special events. 'Mopping Up After the Millennium' demonstrates how the Westminster teams had to plan for every contingency in the book - and then some.

Copies of the newsletter are available from the General Secretary, British Cleaning Council, PO Box 1328, Kidderminster, Worcs. DY11 5ZJ. (fax: 01562 850109).

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