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I was reading through the Unicef press release this week (see below) which had been produced to coincide with World Water Day, which was on Tuesday. It discussed how the Millennium Development Goals, launched in September 2000 to tackle extreme global poverty, had resulted all but 663 million people around the world having drinking water from improved sources (which are supposed to separate water from contact with excreta). That’s quite a feat, isn’t it?
Feeling pleased, I continued reading, then got to the bit which says that an estimated 1.8 billion people may be drinking water contaminated by e-coli, (meaning there’s faecal material in their water). Some of the contaminated water is from the ‘improved sources’.
I went back and read it all again.
I live in a hard water area and I won’t drink any tap water that hasn’t been filtered and boiled. Despite having one of those electronic water softening devices supposedly working away 24/7, I’ve lost the battle against the limescale that shortens the life of my appliances and creates scum on some cups of tea.
Who am I to make a fuss when there are almost two billion people drinking water that’s contaminated with faeces?
Can you imagine having to do that, or having to live without a proper toilet, as tens of millions do?
Unicef is warning that it’s going to get worse – despite all the hard work individuals and companies are putting into improving sanitation; which means we all have to continue to work together to build on the great work that’s been carried out over the past 15 years.
The cleaning and hygiene industry is doing its bit to improve sanitation and reduce the amount of water and chemicals needed to clean, as well as to reduce the volume of water and flushing frequency for urinals and the amount of flush water required by WCs. There are also companies using sewage sludge to produce heat and power – which again saves valuable resources – and you can read about one such project below.
I know cleaning & hygiene isn’t glamorous, but as I often tell people, we are actually saving lives, aren’t we?
The long Easter weekend’s coming up. Whether you’re lucky to be travelling anywhere for a short break, staying at home or working through, do try and stay safe!
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This Week's News
The latest data and in-depth information about UK plastics recycling and reprocessing was published on Tuesday in an updated Plastics Market Situation Report. Compiled by the UK's resource efficiency expert WRAP, it includes detailed analysis of recovered plastic flows, prices and the sustainability of end markets, including the risks and opportunities.
Her winning essay was judged the best by the ETS Scientific Panel consisting of six eminent professors and microbiologists from across Europe. She received her cash prize of €1500 at the Faculty Club in the University of Leuven in Belgium last week followed by a lunch with the Scientific Panel.
Amid several competitors at this year's international Cleaning Show - held earlier this month in Bucharest, Romania, (said to be the sixth-largest city in the European Union and one of Europe's most prosperous cities), Kaivac's battery-powered AutoVac system won the top prize for the most innovative product.
Close to 100 European and North American jansan-related manufacturers exhibited at the event. As of this writing, the total number of visitors to the show has not been released.
On Tuesday - World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.
In 2015 at the end of the Millennium Development Goal era, all but 663 million people around the world had drinking water from improved sources - which are supposed to separate water from contact with excreta.
Bonasystems, a market leader in cleaning and anti-slip products, services and consulting, has won a prestigious contract with Mitchells & Butlers to provide slip prevention solutions to 400 of its outlets. Mitchells & Butlers is one of the UK's largest operators of restaurants, bars and pubs in the UK and its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Harvester, Toby Carvery, All Bar One and O'Neills.
Bonasystems has been engaged to provide slip prevention consultancy, anti-slip treatments and best-practice floor maintenance regimes. It follows a trial across a dozen Mitchells & Butlers' sites where Bonasystems' solutions led to a 60% reduction in slip accidents.
Often supported by donors, many hospitals now have art initiatives that include wall art. Disinfectants can damage canvas prints and murals. While walls are not disinfected as frequently as high-touch surfaces, periodic cleaning is necessary.
Prestige Worldwide Group, the parent company of CrimeSceneCleanUp.com, has announced plans to sell shares in its crime scene cleanup and medical waste company. "We are very excited to see investors on Wall Street become part of the first crime scene clean up company ever listed on the stock exchange," said James Michel, CEO of CrimeSceneCleanUp.com. "Our business is virtually recession-proof with very attractive profit margins."
Worksop-based Pandrol had been operating an ageing ride-on sweeper which had reached the end of its working life and had been deemed too costly to repair.
The increased costs of paying higher wages are a concern to many businesses, so London Living Wage employer CAM Specialist Support - a commercial high-level cleaning and building maintenance business - was happy to share its experiences of the benefits with a group of local businesses recently.
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning:
The Messe Duesseldorf Group has extended its service contract with ISS Germany for another four years starting 1st July. ISS is a long-standing partner of the Messe Duesseldorf, a large German trade fair company.
In June 2012 at the launch of the Hospitality & Food Service Agreement (HaFSA), 70 hospitality and food service organisations committed to collectively deliver targets on food and associated packaging waste prevention, as well as increasing recycling rates.
FutureClean Assured Systems, often employed as an expert in the naval and civilian marine industry, and also a consultant to the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence, shared some of its marine and ship husbandry expertise more widely recently, with a group of Indian marine industry experts and executives out in Mumbai.
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Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show