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I prefer to be proved right if I've said something positive but in this case it was only a matter of time before I had to say 'I told you so'. I'm only hoping it won't take too long for the powers that be to get their brains into gear and do a 'U-turn'!
I've said more than once that shutting our civic amenity tips some days of the week and shortening the hours they're open on others - as well as bringing in charges for some of the items we used to be able to dump free of charge - will encourage the unscrupulous to dump their rubbish wherever they wish. Well, as you can see from the picture, it's happening in my local area.
The picture was posted on a Facebook group page with the comment that: "It will only get worse now that the council is charging to dump certain materials." Another poster blamed the lack of policing and while I agree that this doesn't help when it comes to catching the culprits, there'd be fewer culprits to catch if the councils were sensible about the way they run our essential facilities.
Another post said: "Stop the councils from charging to pick up large items and charging to dump certain materials - and allow vans into waste dumps,". Not driving a van myself, I'd forgotten about that one!
One said: "There are a lot of people doing rubbish clearance because some people don't have the means to get bulk rubbish to the tip (or don't want to pay), and this has to be an example of one of those clearance outfits that wants to take people's money to clear rubbish yet not pay to dispose of it properly themselves. The council should introduce licensed waste disposal so that not just anyone with a van can rock up." Clearly, the fact that companies taking our waste have to be licenced, has escaped this particular poster, which proves that not enough is being done to get the message across to ordinary people.
I can't believe it costs less to clear everything that's fly-tipped than it does to keep our civic amenity tips functioning as they used to prior to the cuts. It's well known, too, that an area that already has rubbish, is going to attract more. Something needs to be done - and fast. Don't you agree?
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Registration is open for ISSA Show North America 2019, which takes place in Las Vegas, 18th - 21st November. To date, this is the largest event produced by ISSA, with more than 16,000 cleaning and facility solutions professionals and 700-plus exhibits expected.
Cleaning industry professionals of all levels gather at the event annually to conduct business, sharpen their skills, learn the newest industry trends, discover the latest products and services, and uncover fresh solutions to the day-to-day challenges they face.
"Show your workers some respect," foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt was told loud and clear from the picket line yesterday, on day three of the Interserve/Foreign and Commonwealth Office strike over pay and cuts to terms and conditions.
On another lively morning on the picket line, strikers were joined by Public & Commercial Services Union general secretary Mark Serwotka, PCS president Fran Heathcote, assistant general secretary John Moloney, TUC deputy general secretary Paul Nowak and Labour party parliamentary candidate (Cities of London and Westminster) Steven Saxby.
The EnSure Touch is a next-generation monitoring system that collects, analyses and reports data from multiple quality tests such as ATP, microorganisms and enzymes, providing necessary data for audit and risk management.
Kärcher's Easy!Force trigger gun is now available across all Kärcher hot and cold Professional pressure washers with a maximum pressure of up to 300 bar, unlocking the power to comfortable cleaning and allowing users the freedom to master any high-pressured task with effortless control.
This innovative trigger gun provides full power with zero force, letting the water do the work.
Specialist drainage services delivered by Lanes Group is helping Booths maintain its reputation as one of the most successful and best-liked food retailers in the North West of England. Co-ordinated from its Preston depot, Lanes provides a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and reactive drainage service for Booths' 28 stores across Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Yorkshire.
The ability to seamlessly deliver planned drainage maintenance and respond quickly to urgent issues, such as drain blockages, across the whole retail estate is key to the success of the service.
ESE Direct is now holding stocks of Blue Diamond matting, which includes a state-of-the-art range of entrance mats. The Sticky Step mats are composed of heavy-duty layers that capture large amounts of dust and dirt.
"Blue Diamond offers some innovative products that fit well with our existing lines as well as offering extra choice for our customers," says Mark Perkins, procurement manager at ESE Direct. "They are ideal for industries that need to maintain a spotless environment and laboratory standards, for example electronics or food preparation."
Blueair is launching a new intelligent air purifier to keep the air we breathe while inside our vehicles as clean as possible. Designed for safety and tested to global standards, the new app connected Blueair Cabin P2i rids the vehicle of the harmful gases, particles and germs that we are exposed to when on the road.
Research by UK Parliament shows that the air in our vehicles is up to 15 times more polluted than on the road outside. This is due to the direct flow of exhausts from the vehicle being driven, as well other vehicles on the road, and the off-gassing of volatile organic chemicals from materials used in the interior; all within a relatively small volume of enclosed space.
A new engineering facility was officially opened this week by Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, on behalf of chemicals specialist Christeyns. A further significant investment in facilities for Christeyns in Bradford, this new Cutler Heights location will provide an important hub for its commercial laundry engineering division, currently handling multi-million pound contracts for laundries nationwide.
Christeyns Engineering has been expanding its influence in the laundry sector year on year.
Cordant Services, part of Cordant Group, has secured a three-year extension to continue providing a full portfolio of cleaning solutions to Eurotunnel. This new contract further strengthens the long-standing relationship between the two organisations, which have worked together since 2008
Under the terms of the new agreement, Cordant Services will continue to deliver a wide-range of solutions at the Folkestone passenger terminal - otherwise known as the Victor Hugo Building - and additional office space, including general and high-level cleaning, washroom services and window cleaning, plus emergency cleans as required.
Sebo has announced its collaboration with The Pink Ribbon Foundation by unveiling a stunning new addition to the Felix Contemporary Range - The Felix Rose. Sebo will donate 25% of all Felix Rose profits to the charity.
Featuring a design of romantic red and pastel pink roses, blossoming around the body of the machine, the Felix Rose design was created to reflect the charity's vibrant pink personality.
Global lithium battery provider, Relion, has opened a new expanded technology center and lab in Seattle, WA, which will serve as a central hub for research and development, product testing, and sustaining engineering. Some exciting new technology is about to launch as a result...
This Summer, the company will deliver its highly-anticipated InSight Series, a new drop-in replacement lithium battery with a patented SuperSmart battery management system that automatically balances battery cells and maximises battery performance when connected in parallel.
At the annual Living Wage Champion Awards held last week, Carlisle Support Services was recognised for its commitment to paying the voluntary rate and promoting the Living Wage in its industry and supply chain, leading more employers to pay the real Living Wage. The contractor was awarded the 'Industry Champion Award' for its dedication to promoting the voluntary rate as a Recognised Service Provider.
"As a Recognised Service Provider we have committed to pay all our head office staff the Living Wage as per the Living Wage Employer agreement," says Paul Evans, chief executive officer of Carlisle Support Services.
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