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I'm sure that like me, you'll have been dismayed, reading about and seeing the pictures this week of the clean-up operation on Mount Everest. That the world's highest mountain should become so sullied, beggars belief. I was about to ask: 'What are people thinking?' when it occurred to me that the instinct for survival is greater in most of us than will be the desire to 'leave no trace' and when one considers how many people are dying up there, I understand why climbers want to descend as easily as possible. Thus, some of the rubbish doesn't surprise me, although I daresay that the majority of it could be carried back down by descending climbers, even if it's not their own rubbish they're taking.
Speaking at a function organised to conclude this season's Everest Clean-up Campaign, Nim Dorjee Sherpa, chairman of Nepal's Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, said that measures to control the pollution are under discussion and that a bar-code tracking system will be used to force climbers to bring back their waste as they return to base... It will be interesting to see how that one works out!
Dandu Raj Ghimire, director general at the Department of Tourism, said that the clean-up had been "very successful despite unfavourable weather", and that the team had collected more than the expected amount of waste and number of bodies. The total amounted to around 24,000lb of waste, (disgraceful, eh?) mainly comprising wrappers, cans, bottles and oxygen cylinders, as well as four bodies. Around 10 tonnes of degradable waste was passed to the 'Blue Waste to Value' company for recycling. More rubbish still needs to be removed though, as well as bodies.
That's quite a cleaning job to have, isn't it? I wonder how many cleaners there are in the world who need to also be expert climbers. Thinking about that and the item we're carrying this week about cleaning an underground science lab which simulates the surface of Mars, has had me thinking... some years back (actually it was during the last millennium!) whilst editing Cleaning & Maintenance magazine, I covered a story about the cleaning of an aquarium - I believe it may have been in Brighton - which involved the cleaners donning diving gear and taking to the tanks to carry out their work.
It strikes me that there must be an awful lot of unusual cleaning projects around the world. If you're involved in any of these, I'd love to hear about them!
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The 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards are now open - with the call to cleaning and facilities maintenance companies for entries that demonstrate the very best standards of cleaning excellence.
Taylor Bradley as manager, environmental & scientific affairs, Arielle Brown as manager, government affairs and Joanne Oh as communications & outreach coordinator.
The 24th Pulire - The Smart Show, came to an exciting conclusion in Verona, Italy, last month. Presented by Afidamp Servizi and ISSA, the biennial event was larger than ever, drawing more than 17,000 visitors-an increase of 6% over the previous edition in 2017.
The three-day show closed with excitement regarding what the ISSA/Afidamp partnership-the ISSA Pulire Network-will bring for the 2021 edition.
Industry's growing desire for non-hazardous products that still offer the same performance is driving the introduction of a major product update by one of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals.
Arrow Solutions, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, has launched Shield NF this week as its new corrosion-preventative, dewatering and light lubricant solution and has already signed up a number of customers from across the automotive, aerospace, rail and oil and gas sectors.
DebMed, an established leader in the healthcare market by way of its DebMed Monitoring System and specialised skincare products, is now part of an expanded offering from SC Johnson Professional, which acquired the British manufacturer in 2015. This latest rebranding marks the company's continued expansion into the healthcare segment.
A science lab almost a mile beneath the earth that simulates the surface of Mars sounds like something out of science fiction. But for Mitie cleaner and lab assistant, Barbara Suckling, the most remarkable thing about her place of work at the Boulby Underground Laboratory in North Yorkshire is the exacting levels of cleanliness required by the scientists who work there.
For over five years Barbara and her Mitie colleague, George Currie, have supported the research of some of the country's most respected geologists, astrophysicists and climate scientists.
Toronto, Canada-based Citron Hygiene has entered the washroom services market in the UK having acquired 1st Class Hygiene from the Fantham family, headquartered in Leicestershire, on 1st May. 1st Class has been operating for over 20 years and provides a comprehensive range of washroom hygiene, pest control services and related products.
LCD screen protection, germ and glare-elimination technology specialist NuShield, is helping protect the interactive displays and the public at the recently opened Statue of Liberty museum on Liberty Island, US.
The NuShield Triple A screen protector films placed on the large interactive displays in the Engagement Gallery eliminate glare on the screen, which is produced by the glass-enclosed construction of the building. This film also provides anti-microbial protection which is useful in killing germs since thousands of visitors will be touching the screens each day.
To commemorate World Environment Day on June 5th, Hanwha launched a 'Clean Up Mekong' campaign in Vinh Long Province in collaboration with the Vietnam Environment Administration and the Global Green Growth Institute of Vietnam.
The campaign will combat the pollutants floating in the Mekong River and will rely heavily on Hanwha's solar-powered boats, which use conveyor belts to quickly and efficiently scoop floating trash on the river's surface.
Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, together with their guests, raised over £8,000 at the Association's Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, Grief Encounter. Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.
"We set the goal of raising £10,000 this year to pay for a Residential Retreat for up to 30 bereaved children," reveals chairman of the CHSA, Stephen Harrison. "Thanks to the generosity of our members and their guests we are now well on the way."
Loo of the Year Awards have provided unrivalled promotional opportunities for many leading UK and international companies with differing needs, annually since 1987. There are a range of sponsorship packages available and bespoke packages developed and executed to meet the sponsors' needs and budget.
Back in the late 80s commercial cleaning product salesperson Jim Rimer had, what at the time was a 'crazy' idea. What if you replaced toxic chemicals in common cleaning products with plant and mineral based ingredients? The result was Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner 2 and Biokleen was born in 1989.
Jim, along with his daughter Cindy and, for the past 15 years, his son-in-law Barry Firth, have grown the company into the third largest natural cleaning products company in Canada, according to Spinsscan.
A fearless 35-strong squad from Cordant Group will be taking on its steepest challenge to date as it embarks on a series of fundraising climbs. The team will be taking on the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as it raises money for Centrepoint, the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.
The huge party - which includes many of the managing directors from Cordant Group's businesses, including Brendan Musgrove (Cordant Security), Guy Packenham (Cordant Cleaning), Kelly Kendall (Cordant People) and Jamie Reynolds (PMP Recruitment) - have signed up to the daunting event on Saturday 15th June.
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