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A European Environment Agency report published yesterday has revealed that between 75% and 96% of the assessed area of Europe's regional seas have a contamination problem. 'Contaminants in Europe's seas' is the first attempt to map contamination in a consistent manner and check trends in hazardous substances. It shows that all four regional seas have a large-scale contamination problem, ranging from 96% of the assessed area in the Baltic and 91% in the Black Sea, to 87% in the Mediterranean and 75% in the North-East Atlantic. The coverage of the assessed area is mostly good but it varies considerably between the four seas and remains limited in the offshore waters of the Mediterranean.
Overall, contamination is declining in all four seas, though the insecticide DDT appears to be, at best, stabilising in the Mediterranean. The concentrations of some well-known contaminants, such as cadmium and mercury, appear to be declining but in many areas not enough to meet agreed thresholds.
Research by ocean conservation charity 'Surfers Against Sewage' has revealed how products from just 10 companies account for more than half of packaging pollution found on UK beaches - with Coca Cola (15.5%) and PepsiCo, which owns Walkers, (10.3%) named the worst offenders, followed by Cadbury's owner Mondelez International at 6.8% and Nestle at 5.5%. McDonald's also graced the top 10 and Costa scored highly too. I wonder how those figures change worldwide. The news follows the UK's largest ever nationwide survey of packaging pollution on Britain's beaches and rivers, conducted last month by more than 45,000 volunteers during SAS's recent Big Spring Beach Clean series, when 49,413 items were collected.
SAS says these companies must invest more in packaging redesign, alternative ways of product delivery and ramping up packaging re-use. I couldn't agree more! The research has been submitted to the Government as evidence in the consultation on plastic packaging and Extended Producer Responsibility in a bid to make producers take more responsibility for the costs of dealing with their discarded packaging, rather than leaving it to the taxpayer. Find out more and have your say at www.sas.org.uk
Finally, a friend sent me a link to a video of two window cleaners stranded in a wildly swinging basket at the top of an 850-foot, 50-storey Oklahoma skyscraper. Who said cleaning was easy? I'm wondering whether the men will be able to summon the courage to tackle the next skyscraper they're tasked with cleaning, or whether they'll be asking to transfer to a desk job!
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Waxie Sanitary Supply says it is with a heavy heart that it announces the loss of longtime employee and vice president business development, Jim Fischer, who passed away suddenly in Scottsdale, AZ, US on 13th May.
Jim began his career at Waxie in January 1987 as a warehouse worker. Over the next 32 years he held positions as warehouse manager, operations manager, account consultant, sales manager, and general manager. He ascended through the ranks to his position of vice president, business development where he worked closely with the corporate accounts team and Network Services Company.
Brightwell Dispensers, one of the UK's premier manufacturers of soap and paper dispensers, issued a statement last Thursday (featured on our Facebook page) through which it was pleased to announce that it was acquired by Seko S.p.A. (Seko) on 30th April.
Seko, founded in 1976 and based in Rieti, Italy, is a global leader in chemical dosing and control technology, with 22 subsidiaries and a network of partner distributors worldwide.
Brightwell Dispensers will continue to operate under its own name as a separate entity to Seko, retaining its existing R&D, sales, marketing and administration functions while continuing its long-term growth strategy.
We all know how dirty hotel rooms can be, but where are the worst places for germs? This week at the Canadian Sustainability Conference in Toronto, the OptiSolve Germ Report team and host, Jason Tetro, unleashed the powers of their Pathfinder technology to 'make the invisible visible' in hotel rooms.
OptiSolve Pathfinder technology makes the invisible visible on a hotel door latch. This shows severe biological material through proprietary imaging technology, which provides a breakthrough that facilitates precision cleaning to improve environmental health and safety in all types of facilities from hotels to hospitals to food manufacturing plants to educational facilities and offices.
A man of abundant charisma and wit, blessed with the capacity to engage all about him while putting them at their ease, Ron built a highly successful career in the cleaning sector and with it, a company that was to go on to become one of the most innovative solutions developers and a leading light in the training of the cleaning professional (a job designation that did not exist when he entered the business in the late 1950s).
The eagerly-anticipated CMS 2019 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. is turning out to be something of a success... A high level of demand by exhibitors from Germany and abroad, has meant that the space allocated for stands has had to be expanded - and, for the first time, the show will host the CMS World Summit 2019. Its main theme - 'Inject Innovation'- is attracting leading decision-makers from every continent.
Providing a comprehensive overview of products, systems and processes covering every aspect of commercial cleaning technology and chemical cleaning products, the show will take place from 24th to 27th September. The summit will take place on 25th and 26th September.
For operatives working in areas where there are sharps (needles and other objects used to puncture the skin), cleaning can be extra hazardous. With the correct management, the risk of accidents can be reduced. That's why Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has expanded its award-winning training programme, LMS (Learning Management Solution) with a new module dedicated to Sharps Handling.
The course takes only 30 minutes to complete, and by the end of it, operatives should be able to:
Eco-friendly cleaning chemicals manufacturer, Bio-Productions, rose to the occasion picking up two awards at the BHBiz Awards 2019. Ten members of the Bio-Productions team attended the awards ceremony at the Brighton Amex Community Stadium last Friday.
This glittering event was hosted by popular broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond, who appears regularly on a wide range of television and radio programmes, ranging from light entertainment to informative documentaries.
And the winner of the 2019 Custodian of the Year contest is... Aristeo Flores! With over 278,600 votes, Cintas Corporation yesterday crowned Aristeo Flores of Scotts Valley, (California) Middle School the 2019 Custodian of the Year. Aristeo will receive a $5,000 cash prize and his school will also receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.
Known for his warm, kind smile, Aristeo is an integral part of the Scotts Valley Middle School community. His gentle demeanor, sense of humour and hard work has left a positive impact on students past and present for the last 17 years. So when the opportunity came for his town of 12,000 to show him just how much he means to them, they ensured he won with more than 30% of the vote.
The recent documentary (aired on the BBC), 'Climate Change: The Facts', told how the soaring demand for palm oil was leading to large scale deforestation with large areas of rainforest being torn down and replaced with palm oil plantations. It also explored the effects that palm oil sourcing is having on the orangutan population, as well as other breeds of animal.
With palm oil used in up to 50% of all consumer goods, from lipstick and packaged food to body lotion and biofuels, the subject of palm oil manufacturing is highly topical to our industry sector. It is widely recognised that palm oil is not going away and that, in fact, production is expected to double by 2050 as demand grows in Asia and other emerging markets.
Plastic is embedded in every part of the cleaning and hygiene supply chain, from the manufacture of plastic sacks and the bottles containing cleaning chemicals to the packaging of individual products. It presents a challenge we have to address and the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is hoping to address this challenge by bringing together a panel of experts to explore potential solutions, at its upcoming conference.
Anthony Holley, development director of Biffa, a leading waste management company, will explain the challenges of waste collection.
Mitie is supporting diversity celebrations in Birmingham, by working with the West Midlands Combined Authority in the lead up to Birmingham Pride 2019, which takes place in the city this weekend. For the second year running, Mitie has donated its time and services to WMCA to help get the city in the Pride spirit by transforming bus shelters and signs with a rainbow upgrade and some deep cleaning.
Mitie's team has undertaken a deep clean of the Smallbrook Queensway bus shelter - which features on the route of the parade this Saturday - ahead of it being painted in Pride rainbow colours. Around 40 specially designed Pride hearts have also been installed in bus shelters across the city centre with Pride rainbow vinyls decorating bus totems.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how, in May 2017, waste plastic bales had been delivered to Centriforce Products' site at Derby Road, Liverpool and were stacked as free-standing columns in a yard.
The organisations will work together to further shared goals of research-driven education for directors of housekeeping in hotels, casinos, cruise ships and similar venues worldwide.
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