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I stumbled quite by chance across a news story a couple of weeks back, regarding the ‘Clean for The Queen’ campaign, launched last September in an attempt to encourage us to clean up these beautiful lands to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday this coming 21st April.
The full details are below, but in a nutshell, it’s a kind of call to arms – the campaign’s organisers are admitting that we have litter problem and they’re asking us to help clean up in time for the celebrations.
I think it’s good that the problems of litter are being brought to our attention in a positive way and I like the idea that we are being encouraged to clear up our outside spaces. What I can’t get my head around though is the fact that I recall several reports of citizens of this country getting themselves into trouble over recent years when they’ve organised themselves into groups with the aim of clearing up litter, because of “health & safety issues”. What’s changed I wonder? Could it be something to do with the cuts to local authority budgets?
The story goes on to say that if we recycled 50% of items littered in England, it would have an economic value of at least £14.8 million. As well as being impressive, that figure’s quite frightening, isn’t it? How on earth did we allow our environment to get into such a mess?
Good things that have happened to prevent littering include the value put on single-use plastic carrier bags, which means that since we have to pay for them, we’re less likely to allow them to litter the landscape. The Government’s proposal to double the litter fine to £150 is another good move – but only if people are fined wisely by those with common sense rather than jobsworths with an agenda. People who lose a button from their coats are not litterers, any more than those who have a £10 note blown out of their hand! Litter wardens who’ve written out fines under these circumstances ought to be strung up…
I do hope this campaign receives lots of publicity and that people are inspired to get involved. Perhaps then, those who might otherwise drop litter will think twice about it, so we can once more enjoy our open spaces without having to grumble about the mess they’re in.
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The Board at The Building Futures Group has announced, with regret, that the company has ceased trading.
This difficult decision has been made following two successful years in business providing comprehensive training and high quality membership services to Britain's building maintenance, management and services sectors.
BFG made the announcement with a brief press release claiming it was closing after 'two successful years', but offered no explanation as to why the end had come now.
Cold Jet, a world leader in the development of innovative, environmentally responsible, dry ice cleaning and dry ice production solutions, has completed the acquisition of IceTech - and with collective global facilities including the US, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Japan and China, the move will facilitate world-class customer support capabilities anywhere in the world.
In 2015, both companies launched new and improved dry ice blasting product lines and strengthened their global reach by welcoming new partners and distributors. This acquisition will leverage the strengths of both companies to enhance and streamline future innovations in dry ice cleaning and production technology.
Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested on Monday at demonstrations in cities throughout the US, as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality which, says the Service Employees International Union, persist at airports across the country.
"It's frustrating to have to live with my own son and rely on food stamps and public assistance," said Valentine Hough, a mother of five from Washington, DC, who works up to 36 hours a week as an overnight cabin cleaner, cleaning and searching the planes at $8.50/hr at Washington National Airport. "I work hard, yet I can barely afford transportation to my job or care for my kids and grandchildren."
The arrival of the Scrubmaster B75R, with its total operating width of 76cm, marks the company's first foray into the compact ride-on scrubber dryer market. Ideal for working in tight spaces, including work environments such as shops, hotel foyers and car showrooms, the new machine's short wheelbase enables it to make a complete U-turn in aisles as narrow as 1.79m.
Clean for The Queen is a campaign designed to encourage those of us who live in the UK to clear up Britain in time for The Queen's 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on 4th - 6th March.
Adrian Evans, who has been appointed as campaign director, ran The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012. With the full backing of Keep Britain Tidy, the campaign already has the support of well-known national organisations with a total membership of more than 1.5 million, as well as individual ambassadors.
The first Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals Conference took place in Washington in 2002. Since then it has occurred every two - three years and has become the premier platform for exchange of new scientific discoveries and practical ideas from all parts of the globe.
The exchange of information from the multidisciplinary participants has enabled us to take steps forward in the prevention of ill health due to skin exposure. The next OEESC conference will take place 19th - 21st September 2016, in Manchester.
At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, healthcare technology company, Seal Shield, attracted lots of interest with its Sky family of UVC Sanitisers, designed to kill bacteria and viruses on the hard-to-clean consumer electronics that so many of us are now using in our workplaces.
Said to be the world's first UV Sanitiser to kill more than 99.95% of pathogens in less than 30 seconds, Sky is designed for use in hospitals to protect patients and practitioners from dangerous cross-contamination infections; it is also the perfect solution for working environments where devices are shared by the workforce or for mobile retailers and IT / MIS professionals who service and support mobile devices of unknown or dubious origins.
SkyVac, the UK manufacturer of the most powerful high level cleaning equipment, reports that sales are flying high. SkyVac systems have now been adopted for high level cleaning at the UK's largest airports - Gatwick and Heathrow - and equipment orders are arriving from all over the world.
As fast as systems are manufactured, they are shipped to end users in education, healthcare, county councils, food factories and many contract cleaners and facilities management companies.
With the United Arab Emirates having been officially named as the host of the Expo 2020, activities within the country have surged. The construction sector in Dubai alone is positioned to overtake the overall UAE market; in fact, according to news reports, growth across all the emirates is expected to remain healthy at 6.6% despite low oil prices.
It has been estimated that Expo 2020 will receive over 25 million visitors - with 70% travelling from abroad. In anticipation of this, the emirate of Dubai aims to have doubled the number of hotel rooms to 164,000 by 2020.
Although unlike some food establishments those in the city of Oxford are faring rather well, with 86% of establishments boasting a hygiene standard rating of at least four out of five, Ian Wright, Oxford City Council's head of environmental health services, is calling for greater improvements to be made.
Just in time for the extra influx of people joining leisure centres with the aim of fulfilling their new year resolutions to lose weight and get fit, automatic pool cleaner and equipment manufacturer Zodiac Pool Systems has launched a cyclonic scrubbing system in a suction pool cleaner.
Zodiac says its MX8 Elite suction pool cleaner is the first cleaner of its kind to use cyclonic scrubbing action, to achieve a deeper level of clean with brushes that constantly stay in touch with pool surfaces to spin, scrub and remove fine and stuck-on debris.
Four men are alleged to have died of asphyxiation while cleaning the septic tank of a private hotel on the outskirts of Chennai, India, on Tuesday morning. A case of unnatural death has been registered.
Officials say that the four, who were contract labourers with the civic body who had been engaged by the hotel's owner, started cleaning the septic tank - along with a hotel employee - at around 09:00. The hotel employee was at the mouth of the tank while the contractors were inside.
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Hi Jan, As a regular reader of your excellent publication, I appreciate the publicity you give to matters relating to the provision and cleanliness of 'away from home' toilets.
I started campaigning on this issue many years ago. In 1985 I founded All Mod Cons, which became The British Toilet Association in 1999. I quietly contribute to various influential documents, e.g. I participated in the Global Guidelines for Practical Public Toilet Design in 2011.
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