CIWM Clean Britain Awards 2014
The UK spends over £1 billion a year clearing up the rubbish that we all leave behind in the areas where we live, work and play.
The responsibility for this clear up ultimately falls to the UK’s 353 councils supported by a number of community groups. Whilst the scale of the challenge continues to grow, continuing budget cuts have increased the financial pressure on authorities who must maintain standards despite often being able to allocate less than 1% of their total budget to the task.
A high quality local environment benefits communities in a number of ways, both directly and indirectly. A well presented, safe and hygienic environment plays an important role in fostering a sense of civic pride and reducing the likelihood of antisocial behaviour. It can also attract and sustain increased levels of commerce and tourism, which are vital to local economies and in helping to sustain local businesses.
Clean Britain, which is now in its 25th year, celebrates the success of local authorities in maintaining high quality local environments. The scheme helps them to promote their successes and works to raise awareness of the issues caused by litter.
2014 Winners Announced
The winners of the 2014 Clean Britain Awards were announced at the prestigious awards ceremony in Birmingham on 26 November.
Following a record number of entries the National Winner’s prize went to Nottingham City Council, who also picked up the Gold Award in their category for local authorities with over 200,000 residents. Amongst Nottingham’s achievements was the development of an innovative Cleansing Index Performance Target, which has led to it clearing 90% of all reported fly-tips, graffiti and dog fouling within 48 hours. It has also set a target to remove 100% of racist/offensive graffiti within 24 hours.
The other Gold Award winners were North Ayrshire in the 100,000-200,000 residents category and Broxbourne Borough Council in the sub 100,000 residents division.
Silver Awards were given to London Borough of Tower Hamlets, City of London Corporation and Crawley Borough Council.
Bronze Awards went to London Borough of Enfield, Broadland District Council and West Lindsey District Council.
The winner of this year’s Community Award sponsored by Unger (and the £500 prize donated by CIWM) was Keeping Coleshill Clean. Keeping Coleshill Clean was established and pioneered by local resident Barbara Adams who, through her own commitment and campaigning, has made a tremendous impact in reducing litter and cleaning up graffiti in the Warwickshire market town, despite having never received a penny in funding.
For full details of this year's winner please visit our Winners Page.