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UK waste body praises riot clean-up efforts

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The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) today praised the groundswell of response from members of the public wanting to help with clean-up efforts in London and elsewhere after last night’s riots – and to the local authority crews and contractors who have responded immediately and effectively.

Welcoming the campaign on Twitter and Facebook, CIWM Chief Executive Steve Lee said:  “It is wonderful that so many people want to do something positive – and hats-off to the ‘riotcleanup’ tweeters for providing a focal point for those who care about their local communities and environment.  It is equally pleasing that local authorities and their contractors have sprung into action yet again – and that their efforts have been recognised and praised by the public.”

“We would urge some caution, however. These clean-up operations need to be properly co-ordinated and safety is a real issue here, with potentially dangerous wreckage, broken glass and metal items – and some areas are still crime scenes. The best thing that volunteers can do is to contact their council and find out if, how, and where their help is needed.”


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:49