London launches Olympic clean up drive

London will be swept in a two month clean up aimed at tidying the city ahead of the Olympics and removing potential fire sources.

Volunteers, school children and fire fighters all joined forces today (July 10) with the mayor of London’s director of environment, Kulveer Ranger, to launch the fifth annual Capital Clean Up campaign.

The launch marks the start of a two-month drive to clear rubbish hot-spots, remove graffiti and make over public spaces ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mr Ranger spoke to edie in Lewisham in south east London before joining in with clearing an alleyway of rubbish.

Lewisham fire brigade’s station manager, Matt Herrington, also spoke to edie highlighting the dangers fly-tipping can create.

As part of the campaign more than 1,500 people are expected to take part in around 100 clean up community events in the run-up to London 2012 Open Weekend, which will take place from July 22 to July 24 and aims to show off London at its best as host city.

Luke Walsh

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