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In recognition of her exemplary efforts to provide patients with a hygienic, healing atmosphere, Valerie Macey, an environmental services technician at The Medical Center at Franklin in Kentucky, US, has been selected as the 2017 Heart of Healthcare Award winner.
The electric version weighs only 3.8 kg and provides air volume lift of 52 litres/sec.
Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex cleaning systems, marks a milestone in its corporate history. The company is moving 9th October, 2017, to a new, multi-building corporate campus in Hamilton, Ohio - a move president & CEO Bob Robinson Sr, says was needed because of significant business growth in the past few years in the US, Canada, and overseas.
Built by Swiss firm Zaugg AG, the company usually makes snow clearing equipment for use on roads, railways and airfields.
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I've said many times over the years we've been broadcasting Cleanzine that we should bring back the bottle return schemes we ditched decades ago, where we were charged not just for our drink but also for the bottle in which it was supplied. Return the bottle from whence it came and you'd receive your deposit back. The beauty of the scheme was that because bottles were worth money, you'd find fewer littering or smashed up on the streets because if you couldn't be bothered to return yours, the local children would.
These days, it would also reduce the cost of our kerbside collections. As you can imagine, I was pleased to learn about the study by Eunomia, written for - amongst others - Keep Britain Tidy, the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, Campaign to Protect Rural England and Reloop, which found that local authorities across England could save up to £35 million every year if a deposit refund system for plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans was introduced.
The analysis across eight local authorities, (including those with high and low recycling rates) found that rather than losing income, an authority could potentially make savings of between £60,000 and £500,000. And while the authorities would lose some income as there would be a reduced number of cans and plastic bottles in the kerbside collections to sell to recyclers, the savings made from having fewer containers to collect and sort, as well as reduced levels of littering and reduced landfill charges, would actually create savings that outweigh the loss of revenue.
With local authority resources under increasing pressure, these findings provide evidence that, rather than negatively affecting local authority waste services, a DRS could actually support them and reduce the costs of delivering the service, while also delivering cleaner streets and reducing the amount of plastic entering our oceans.
Every day, 35 million plastic bottles and 20 million aluminium cans are sold across the UK and many end up as litter, in our oceans or in landfill sites. Evidence from the US, Norway and Germany, shows that the introduction of a simple deposit on plastic bottles and cans could raise collection rates above 90% and reduce littering. What on earth are we waiting for?
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This Week's News
Bain Capital Private Equity has this week announced that it has, through its investment in Diversey, reached agreement on the terms of a recommended final cash offer for Zenith Hygiene Group, the UK manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene chemicals and related products.
The Second Presbyterian Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side is re-emerging from years of scaffolding with its historic Gothic-style facade preserved by restorative cleaning experts from the company, which sponsored the project.
Kimberly-Clark Professional has joined the Continental Automated Buildings Association's (CABA) board of directors. CABA is a trade association that promotes advanced technologies for integrated systems and the automation of homes and buildings.
A new Healthcare Forum is being organised for Wednesday, 16th May, alongside next year's ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. The Forum will address the growing demand for hygienic and disinfecting products and solutions in the healthcare sector - a demand that has been fuelled by the increasing threat of healthcare-associated infections.
The Loo of the Year Awards inspection team havs now completed the inspection of thousands of 2017 Loo of the Year Awards entrants' washrooms throughout the UK. The inspectors have travelled thousands of miles by road, train and aircraft and have visited 836 towns/cities and 56 London Underground Stations while inspecting every category of 'away from home' washroom.
The inspection criteria are based on fitness for purpose from the user's perspective. Are the washrooms clean? Do they provide all the facilities that users require? Do they meet Building Regulations Doc M and Equality Act dimensions and the needs of users that require accessible toilets or Changing Places facilities? Do they provide adequate facilities for babies and children?
Facilities managers at a Scottish casino played their cards right by calling in Lanes Group to help them resolve a tricky drainage problem. Internal drainage pipes at the casino were proving susceptible to springing a leak, especially during and after periods of heavy rain.
Facilities managers needed a long-term and effective solution to the problem, which had the potential to inconvenience customers and damage the fabric of the building.
Individuals and organisations driving innovation and delivering exceptional results in facilities management stepped into the spotlight when the winners of the British Institute of Facilities Management Awards 2017 were revealed on Monday.
Now in their 17th year, the Awards celebrated the very best the FM industry has to offer, honouring the outstanding contributions helping to advance the profession and industry and acting as a benchmark for excellence across the FM sector.
BluSky Restoration Contractors, of Colorado, is merging with North Carolina-based Disaster One, a privately owned and operated restoration company serving commercial and residential clients since 1977.
"BluSky and Disaster One share similar missions and core values that are driven first and foremost on our firms providing best in class customer service," says Kent Stemper, BluSky CEO.
The product has been trialled at Johnson & Johnson's Pinewood office and there are plans to assess the potential for a nationwide rollout across all UK offices. It is estimated that the company will create thousands of hours of employment, equivalent to 11 new part-time jobs per year.
Vectair Systems has announced that its North American business, Vectair Systems, Inc. has become a member of the USGBC (US Green Building Council). This is in keeping with its commitment to the environment and a sustainable way of living.
The USGBC is 'committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the leading programme for green buildings and communities worldwide'.
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