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It was probably only a couple of days after I grumbled in my leader that shortened hours and extra charges at civil amenity tips would lead to extra fly tipping, that I came across the article: 'Gosport's 'worst fly-tipper' is jailed after three-month spree' on Portsmouth.co.uk's website.
What a mess!
Reading the story, I realised that this crime had little to do with cost-cutting by local councils and more to do with one individual's lack of morals and desire to make more money out of removing people's waste than he was illegally allowed to. Ashley Mooney touted for business on Facebook, trading as A&M Waste Clearance, charging up to £150 a time to take away other people's rubbish. But instead of paying to dispose of it legally at the civic amenity tip, he scattered it over the beautiful Hampshire countryside, leading to his prosecution by four separate councils.
He was caught after people who had paid him in good faith, to remove their rubbish, were contacted by councils when fly-tipped rubbish was found and linked back to them and when his truck was pursued by a member of a neighbourhood watch group.
Having admitted to 14 charges of depositing waste without a licence, two counts of failing to comply with duties under the Environmental Protection Act, two charges of depositing waste without taking reasonable measures and a charge of failing to produce authority to transport controlled waste, he was jailed for a year. Costs to landowners and the local authorities to clear the junk are said to have totalled £8,916, while combined investigation costs reached £16,702.
That's a lot of money that could have been spent elsewhere.
Please, if you work for a local authority, (when we set Cleanzine up 15 years ago we had all the UK's authorities on our circulation) could you please do us all a favour and ensure that when criminals like Ashley Mooney are prosecuted, you let your local newspaper know what punishment has been meted out? If we can 'name and shame' and if the punishments are harsh enough, you might just deter others from blighting the landscape with rubbish.
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This Week's News
A story in yesterday's New York Post reports that Henkel - which in the 90s, as Henkel Ecolab, was one of the leading names in the European professional cleaning market, is in talks to buy Sealed Air's professional cleaning business, Diversey.
The talks are said to have been revealed by two sources, but have yet to be confirmed by either company, according to the publication.
Developing a comprehensive approach to facilities maintenance is not always an easy task to accomplish. While there are many best practices for creating an FM programme, the path to finding and implementing a plan that meets the specific needs of your facility or facilities can be challenging.
With efficiency as a common end goal, facilities are searching for ways to optimise opportunities without increasing costs. Here, Betco's Hunter Giles offers some tips on how to establish the facilities management programme that suits your needs...
With the recent outbreaks of Norovirus causing school closures in the US, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has published guidelines including the recommendation of cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant registered as effective against Norovirus by the Environmental Protection Agency.
For 20 years, the Association has been active in driving up standards, making sure that what's in the box is on the box. Today the marque of the Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sack and Industrial Cotton Mop Accreditation Schemes means buyers can be certain they get what they pay for.
Four out of five cleaning industry professionals say that removing odour from the air is their biggest cleaning challenge (79%), according to a recent survey from US-based Clorox Professional Products. However, the survey also finds that the odour elimination products currently on the market are not fully addressing professional cleaning needs.
Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland announced that they start the New Year with two new ISO standards after being awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental standards.
Last year, Richard Dyson, Greyland's Managing Director made the strategic decision to upgrade its ISO 9001 Quality Management System to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standards and obtain the prestigious ISO 14001 Environmental Standard.
Following the acquisition of BPI Recycled Products by RPC Group, the new name for the business has been formally announced as RPC bpi recycled products. The company was part of British Polythene Industries until it was purchased by RPC Group in August 2016.
RPC bpi recycled products has been reorganised into four key business groups; Refuse, Recycling, Visqueen Ultimate Building Products and Plaswood.
Eight students in Mumbai have developed a novel vacuum cleaning system for train coaches, in a project said to have impressed cleaning officials even attracted the attention of railway minister Suresh Prabhu. The students - five of whom are US citizens and all aged 12-14 - visited Vadodara and Mumbai stations to study the rubbish disposal in train coaches before devising the cleaning system.
One of Denmark's leading business law firms has selected ISS to run its facility services at the firm's new, high-profile corporate headquarters in the heart of Copenhagen.
London's reopened Design Museum, which is set to become the world's leading museum of contemporary design and architecture as it reopens in a spectacular new location, has chosen Julius Rutherfoord as its specialist cleaning and soft FM services contractor.
Following a long search for larger premises to expand its activities, the Design Museum selected a unique landmark from the 1960s - a Grade II listed building in Kensington High Street, West London - as its new home.
A Welsh cleaning services company has recently completed the third of a four-phase project for Afon Taf High School in Merthyr Tydfil. Clean Sweep has been contracted by Interserve, the international construction and support services group; conducting a live renovation of the high school; to complete cleaning services on each phase of the ongoing project.
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