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I hate having to grumble about litter, but the multitude of pictures I’m seeing, not only in the press but also on local Facebook groups, of so many carelessly discarded single-use facemasks and disposable gloves, incenses me. The fact that people are taking off what may be contaminated PPE and leaving it for someone else to deal with - who may just end up seriously ill or even dying as a result, is selfish in the extreme.
Something else that bothers me is the number of CCTV cameras all over the place that uglicise (new word – but I think you’ll know what I mean!) our environment but which rarely seem to be put to good use. Yes - they help us as well as the authorities identify people committing crimes, but so often these crimes aren’t even investigated and when they are, the criminals aren’t punished accordingly and thus are encouraged to continue their dastardly deeds. I wish there was a way we could persuade our local authorities to use these cameras to make a concerted effort to catch and punish litterbugs – not just with a fine but by making them walk the streets or beaches collecting bags of litter. Perhaps if the louts knew what a horrible job it can be, they’d think twice in future - particularly when it comes to having to collect other people’s used PPE!
My daughter’s been talking to friends about the facemask issue and asked me why there aren’t any bins around, specifically for potentially contaminated waste, since ordinary bins are often raided by urban foxes and the contents strewn about. They all felt concerned about the people whose job it is to clear this up, whether they’re given special training and whether they have sufficient PPE. The idea of special bins seemed good initially, but then it occurred to me that all waste is, potentially, now dangerously contaminated. And if so many people refuse to take their rubbish home or use the bins already in place anyway, why would a special bin make any difference?
I’ve asked in the past whether extensive litter’s just a UK thing, but I’m well aware that when it comes to what’s been dubbed ‘Covid-waste’, it’s a global issue we’re facing. The threat of this pandemic continuing and the likelihood that others will follow, means that the problem’s not going to go away, so a solution needs to be found before the problem becomes overwhelmingly difficult to tackle.
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When lockdown started, we all joked about how big the party was going to be when it ended, but of course that hasn't happened; partly because lockdown is being only gradually eased, but also because of widespread fear.
This fear is understandable given the seriousness of Covid-19 for those that become most unwell, but if the economy is going to recover, people will need to follow Government guidance and find ways to get the wheels of commerce moving.
The HoReCa sector has seen one of the biggest upheavals in its practices since the pandemic began; closing its doors indefinitely, furloughing staff and installing new safety equipment, and now the challenge to ascertain an ongoing cleaning procedure involving specialist supplies to kill all virus' while also providing a safe environment for both customers and staff.
Cleaning companies have faced huge challenges during the response to Covid-19. Whilst some areas of the sector have seen businesses totally shut down, many have been scrambling to keep up with demand, having to adopt new standards and new ways of working.
Along with requirements health and safety requirements for staff, some cleaning companies are turning to technology to help them manage during the crisis and learn to operate in the new work environment.
Two of the primary cleaning and sanitising solutions being used in Coronavirus-related 'deep cleans' have been approved by The WoolSafe Organisation for use on wool carpets, fabrics and rugs: Prochem’s Microsan and Clensan.
Newly-approved D500 Microsan from Prochem is a clear, low foaming detergent with pleasant apple blossom fragrance and is available in five-litre concentrate and one-litre ready-to-use spray.
Thank you for drawing attention to the Government's move to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in new buildings.
We have also had very good news about the decision to introduce a Bill to provide 100% mandatory business rates relief for properties in England and Wales, that are used wholly or mainly as public lavatories. Assuming the Bill has a safe passage through the parliamentary system, it will have retrospective effect from 1st April 2020.
The innovative product uses smart technology to deliver the exact amount of sanitiser required without touching the device, and to ensure maximum use, providing companies with peace of mind as workplaces reopen.
The British Cleaning Council has held a virtual meeting with the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, as part of its drive to ensure the voice of the cleaning & hygiene sector is heard at the highest levels.
The BCC wants to work with Matthew Taylor to ensure any remote or remaining concerns on modern slavery, pay below the minimum wage and worker exploitation continues to be prevented within the industry.
Holder will continue as an independent subsidiary of Kärcher at its existing head office in Reutlingen, Germany, and will extend Kärcher's product development, manufacturing of municipal vehicles and help to generate long-term growth in the sector.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products begins the second phase of its Love Recycling study with a survey investigating what impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on commercial recycling so far in Europe and its potential ramifications.
The initial survey, conducted at the start of 2020, found that businesses were engaged in improving their recycling practices. With the disruption caused by national lockdowns, the furloughing of staff and the ceasing of all but the most essential businesses, the survey asks businesses to assess the pandemic's effect.
Following rigorous research and testing of various products that have come to the market since the Covid-19 pandemic, NAT Group has confirmed its updated cleaning product line-up and procedures to ensure that all Welsh Government regulations are adhered to, and exceeded.
The announcement aims to keep passengers up-to-date with the latest measures and restore passenger confidence that public transport is a safe means of travel, as well as an environmentally friendly one
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We've been following your articles and in particular Susan Cunningham's letter, with interest, over public toilet safety now that the UK lockdown is starting to ease.
We have, therefore, decided not to enter any awards or attend high profile functions and this includes trade shows, for the rest of 2020 at least. We believe our approach is responsible and appropriate given the current pandemic and economic climate."
I was delighted to read your latest issue of The Cleanzine as you managed to cover so many aspects of the important topic of public toilets.
Thank you for including a link to my first draft for a proposed Hygiene Ratings System for public toilets. Judging by my post, you will be receiving some very interesting letters from your readers. Also, in case you haven't received a copy, here is a link to the BSI guidance "Safe Working during the Covid-19 pandemic - General guidelines for organisations July 2020 Version 2" (issued 2nd July).
Having read the article in the Cleanzine on 2nd July, I would like to build on the letter from Susan Cunningham, based on my many years of buying and sourcing cleaning contracts for large companies. The principles she proposes are sound, particularly in displaying the basic information/standards to reassure facility users.
I hope this mail finds you well?
Following your lead article last week, I personally wrote to Susan Cunningham commending her on the continued efforts she is making, as well as offering whatever help and assistance our organisation can provide, in promoting her quest for Toilet Hygiene Standards.
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