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When I was tiny, all our rubbish went into a metal dustbin which was collected every week by a ‘dustman’ who’d carry it over his hunched back, along our path to wherever he emptied it into a lorry. Although it never occurred to me at the time, he probably suffered constantly from back and shoulder problems, muscle strains, cuts and the like but he always came, week in, week out.
Nowadays our refuse collectors seem to have it easier, working in teams and generally placing wheeled bins into a mechanical contraption that hoists them over a lorry, rotating them so they empty, before returning them to ground level where they’re wheeled back to the footpath. And although kerbside recycling necessitates operatives having to sort tins, jars, bottles and plastics (which may not have been washed), I would still say that refuse collectors are far better off than they were when I was a child.
Am I the only one then, who gets frustrated with the system, upon reading fairly regular news stories about councils refusing to empty people’s bins for one reason or another and forcing householders to drag their bins to a collection point some way from their homes
The latest involves a couple in their 70s who’ve lived since their 20s in a private lane in Rugby, which is now deemed too potholed for the bin lorry to negotiate. I can understand that the council needs to look after its fleet, but why can’t it arrange for one of its team to leg it the half a mile up the lane to collect the bins – even if they are left for the couple to pick up next time they go past?
Our own vehicles are constantly damaged and our bodies jarred by unseen potholes but we have to put up with it; yet more and more often we read about people having to drag their bins to a collection point some way from their homes, because there’s a problem with their road. Council ‘services’ - what’s happened to them? Or do those forced to do the council’s work receive a council tax refund for the pleasure?
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This Week's News
As part of a master plan to become the nation's largest 'Made in America' brush manufacturer and a global leader in the industry, Gordon Brush, the privately held corporation that boasts one of the world's largest selections of industrial brushes, has acquired a new building, 3.5 times larger than its existing facility.
Andrew, who has been at the helm for more than 20 years, was asked to present at a pest management conference in Spain. Afterwards, he met with industry professionals from around Europe to gain insight into how European pest management companies operate under EU chemical regulations, and to determine what new practices can be brought over to the states.
India's Jet Airways has jettisoned mops from its list of cleaning items for cabin washrooms after the airline received complaints from passengers that the mops were kept in public view, raising hygiene issues.
Hindustan Times reports that the airline, which caters for more than a quarter of domestic fliers, issued an email this week informing cabin crews that it would stop issuing mops, citing frequent cases of mops being lest in public view, which had led to many complaints from fliers.
Midland Pallet Trucks is helping businesses boost the efficiency of operations with a wide range of weigh scale pallet trucks that eliminate the need for static weigh stations and give operators the ability to weigh loads on-the-go.
PortionPac Chemical Corporation is proud to announce that SFSPac Degreaser has met the criteria set forth by Green Seal to attain certification under the GS-37 standard. In meeting GS-37 (Cleaning Products for Industrial & Institutional Use), SFSPac Degreaser has surpassed the Standard's strict environmental benchmarks and performs as well as or better than other cleaners in its class.
"Our ultimate goal was to offer a complete food safety and sanitation programme that is 100% Green Seal certified and EPA-registered," says PortionPac president Burt Klein. "We have realised this goal with the certification of SFSPac Degreaser; providing a truly unique sanitation programme to our customers."
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