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New app helps keep London's streets clean

Published 10th March, 2010 by Neil Nixon

New app helps keep London's streets clean

Londoners can now notify their council of the dirtiest areas they encounter using their smartphones. The online application - - enables people to load pictures of litter, vandalism or urban decay directly from their phone onto an online map. Contributors to the site can then monitor the response of the local authorities’ street cleansing teams via the site.

Lewisham Council, which has successfully run a similar borough-wide scheme since 2005, has been tasked with developing the site across the whole of London.
Andrew Large, chief executive of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, said: "We fully support this innovation; it allows the public to interact and make a positive contribution to their environment. We hope that this app will help keep London cleaner, greener and a more pleasant place to visit.”

Complaints about graffiti in the borough fell by 30% between June 2007 and August 2009 following the launch of the website.

Steve Wright, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “The success of Lewisham's pilot meant that it was inevitable the scheme would be rolled out across the capital. We encourage everyone to participate in helping the local authorities keep the streets of London clean and tidy.”

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