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I received a press release today from Resource Efficiency & Waste Management Solutions, highlighting a debate on the forthcoming EU referendum. The expert speaking on behalf of ‘Bremain’ discussed the improvements we have made in waste and recycling as a result of EU membership.
Although I’m not suggesting that the speaker thinks this way, his words reminded me of how disturbed I am to think that people, in general, believe that if Britain left the EU, we would revert to the old ways of doing things – simply forgetting the progress we’ve made (and which we may have made anyway, whether we were members of the EU or not). I like to think that we’ve all learned and we’ve all improved – globally – over the past few decades and that we will all continue to do so.
Of course, waste is an enormous problem and one that’s going to worsen as our planet’s population grows. We are making improvements but there’s a long way to go and with local councils all over the globe, having – in general – less money to spend, it’s going to get tougher.
During the week I took some recyclables to my local council tip – normally open until 20:00 in Summer, only to be told – at just before 16:00 – that it was about to close. I knew local authorities were consulting with residents on ways to reduce costs by cutting these facilities’ opening hours, but find it odd that my fellow residents have opted for a 16:00 finish, rather than complete closure on one weekday. People have queued for almost two hours during busy periods and one resident died following an altercation resulting from a queue jumping incident. Closing before most people even get home from work and thus preventing a quick early evening trip to the dump is going to exacerbate the situation and lead to increased fly tipping and the mixing of recyclables with general waste – all of which will increase costs as well as landfill requirements.
Landfill itself is a huge issue and a decades-long study in the Lazio region of Central Italy, on 242,409 residents within 5km of nine municipal waste landfills, has just concluded that exposure to landfills is associated with mortality from lung cancer and respiratory diseases and with hospitalisations for respiratory diseases, in both adults and children: www.ije.oxfordjournals.org
Our move towards a circular economy just can't come soon enough, can it?
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This Week's News
Global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider, NCH Europe, has launched HDHC Natural, a heavy duty hand cleaner with a non-abrasive scrub formulated from olive stone instead of the harmful plastic microbeads that are contributing to the pollution of our oceans and damaging sealife.
Esclean 2016, the exhibition for the professional hygiene and cleaning industry which is held in Madrid, Spain, is just over three weeks away - and the organisers are saying that if the 2014 edition is anything to go by, this forthcoming event is something to get excited about.
Dear CSSA Members and Industry Colleagues,
We have been advised of the following by Philippa Rouse, Head of Illegal Migration, Identity Security & Enforcement from the Home Office's Immigration & Border Policy Directorate (IBPD): The Immigration Bill 2015, which had been introduced in Parliament in September 2015, has now received Royal Assent and will be known as the Immigration Act 2016.
Health and hygiene company, RayVio, has today announced that it has launched a new series of ultraviolet LEDs with what it says are the highest power output available from a small surface mount device footprint.
The technology facilitates the UV disinfection of water and environments by fostering a new generation of powerful and portable health and hygiene devices.
GenEon Technologies has been awarded a US Environmental Protection Agency Registration Number for its On-site Generating System.
The launch of two new innovations and significant international expansion is promising to deliver 10% growth in sales this year for an East Midlands manufacturer of specialist chemicals.
"The quality of the floor affects the number of patrons dancing on it, especially women, as they do not want to trip on the floor or have their nice shoes soiled by the floor," explains Sam Sameni, operating partner of a large Dallas dance club.
Monthind will take over responsibility for all Atkins Gregory staff, contracts and its headquarters in Cambridge, while the business will continue to trade as Atkins Gregory.
National building support services contractor, Regent Samsic has acquired London-based JPC Cleaning. The acquisition accelerates Regent Samsic into the upper echelons of the UK soft services supply sector and boosts substantially its share of the prime London region marketplace.
The latest issue of Truckers Toilets' UK discusses an article in the Fourways Review, which reveals that the City of Johannesburg is partner to a scheme that includes property stakeholders and communities, aimed at providing 2,000 public toilets for mobile workers.
These facilities are headlined to include - and benefit - taxi ranks. TTUK notes that Taxi drivers are another mobile sector whose members, due to the nature of their work, find it very difficult to access toilets - thanks to both public toilet closures and a lack of parking.
The granting of this Royal Warrant reflects Buckingham Palace's commitment to sustainable initiatives, including the use of ecological cleaning products.
Luke Rayner, who heads up the Sandbanks, Bournemouth-based Harvard Window Cleaning, is feeling pretty content, having been flown to the Majorca house of one of his local clients to clean the windows there - a job that took him a week.
A Doncaster tender expert who now works in Newcastle has taken inspiration from his home town's rich history of railway engineering by helping a firm win a lucrative contract on the London Underground.
Matthew Walker, originally from Intake, works for Executive Compass preparing bids and pre-qualification questionnaires for clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to multi-national companies, in such areas as cleaning and facilities manangement - amongst others.
A report in the Uckfield News describes how Kennedy Hygiene Products is seeking to build a new warehouse at its site on the Bellbrook Business Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, which will improve efficiency and help to protect local jobs.
The manufacturer has lodged the application for its premises at Brookside with Wealden District Council and its statement says that the 600sq.m warehouse is planned for vacant land adjacent to the company's premises.
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Recent UK News
Price Bailey's Offices in Old Broad Street was the venue for the CSSA's first board meeting since relaunching in February.
Members were invited to reconstitute the board of directors and executive management bodies, which has resulted in the CSSA now having one of the most experienced boards in the cleaning industry. Former BCC chairman and CEO of Principle Cleaning, Doug Cooke, returns as chairman, Bob Vincent, chairman of LCC Support Services, will be vice-chairman, and Mike Rutherford, Alba Victoria Cleaning & Support Services, is treasurer.
The British Institute of Facilities Management wants to know if (and how) your organisation engages with the sustainability agenda. Are you aware of which teams take the lead; how the facilities management division contributes; and what metrics are used to report on the impact of sustainable business strategies?
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There is another option though. The team at Heritage Tiling aims to restore as many historic tiled floors and walls as it can, thus enabling the tiles to be viewed and enjoyed once more.
As well as auditing members the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops, the CHSA's Independent Inspector, Martin Yates, also regularly spot checks non-member products. He is raising this issue after noticing a growing number of products labeled with only 'approximate' dimension, count and weight.
A contract with Barings Asset Management at 155 Bishopsgate London also started recently and is for an initial two-year contract. This prestigious well known investment bank with high profile client meeting and dining areas has tasked Principle Cleaning staff to provide daily cleaning including specialist periodic carpet cleaning and kitchen deep cleaning, as well as window cleaning in addition to housekeeping and porterage services.
The use of controlled dosing technology to enable the end user to accurately dilute a chemical concentrate at the point of use, providing a ready-to-use cleaning or disinfecting solution, has the potential to dramatically transform the environmental, quality and safety standard of many of today's cleaning products - but most importantly in-use cleaning costs.
BPI Recycled Products' manufacturing sites gained ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environmental management and each site put controls in place to reduce the amount of waste they were generating.
The ongoing success of the company is set to continue throughout 2016 and, in response, it will be increasing its site with additional parking to cope with increased demand from both new and existing customers.
The trend to research a company, as well as its products and services online, prior to purchasing, is now a well-established practice. Recognising this, and the need to continually innovate within its business operations, Futures Supplies has now linked up with independent feedback provider Feefo as an efficient means of gathering genuine customer feedback to continually improve its customers' experiences.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show