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Sweeping Stories From England

How is sweeping done around the world?

Ranger Kidwell-Ross, our webmaster and Editor of, in 2001-2004 completed intrepid trips to Asia, Australia, and Europe to bring us news of how pavement sweeping is done in some of the countries around the world. The Asia portion of this travelogue won an APEX Award of Excellence in Online Journalism for 2002, while the European travelogue won an Apex Grand Award for 2004.

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"When I grow up I want to drive a Schmidt Swingo sweeper!"

  • Little Harrison Lowe has been fascinated with the mechanical road sweeper that cleans the road outside his house almost since he was born. Here's what the sweeping folks at the Erewash, UK, borough did to give the 4-year old the thrill of his young life. Read the story.

Southampton: City of Contrasts, City of Change.

  • Having been devastated by bombings during World War II, Southampton is a mix of the old and the new. For a variety of reasons, Southampton City Council faces a tough challenge in keeping its approximately 840 curb miles clean. Read the story.

Sweeping in the U.K. -- Past, Present, and Prediction for the Future

  • In some ways, the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) sweeper market is a microcosm of the diverse conditions found in the U.S. For those reasons, among others, the U.K. is undergoing some real changes in the way it keeps its pavement clean. Read the story.
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