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My local council has written to me, asking about my current use of the council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres and for my opinion on potential changes to the facilities themselves and the services they provide.
Apparently it currently costs £1.3 million per year to dispose of non-household materials, such as DIY waste, which the council is not obliged to recycle on our behalf, and I was asked whether – to enable the council to cover its costs – the HWRC should stop taking these materials altogether or charge to take them.
Another option for cutting costs (since that is clearly what this is all about) is to cut the hours that HWRCs are open. Should they be open only at times that have proved busy, or when most people are out at work (thus forcing them to join long queues at weekends), or should they be closed for one or two days per week?
Permanent closure of some sites is also being considered, as I was asked how long I would be prepared to drive to reach an alternative site.
The survey finished by saying that the council has been trying different ways to encourage more reuse of good quality second hand items such as furniture and electricals, and that it’s currently exploring options such as on-site shops.
I believe we need to do as much as we can to encourage people to recycle. Personally I'd like to see the main bin collection being cut to every three weeks or the introduction of smaller main waste bins (with possibly a small reduction in council tax for those that use them) to force people to recycle. I'm dismayed at the quality of some of the items being dumped, such as furniture, carpeting, toys, electrical goods etc, which other families might love, so I hope the on-site shop idea comes to fruition.
I worry about shorter opening times and the possibility of what may be prohibitive charges being made to HWRC users, since this may force people to slip the stuff they would have recycled, into the main waste bin, which defeats the object of any cost-cutting exercise by sending more waste to landfill. Also, the changes being mooted (apart from the on-site shops) will, no doubt, lead to an increase in fly-tipping.
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This Week's News
Though the market was affected by the economic downturn, it has benefited from increased standards in cleanliness demanded by key areas such as health and food hygiene.
For Messe Berlin, CMS Berlin 2015 - Cleaning.Management.Services, was an all-round success, which witnessed record exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance, a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding business.
More than 20,000 representatives attended the exhibition, including some 17,000 trade visitors (2013: 16,200) from 66 countries (2013: 65). They came to glean information from the manufacturers of cleaning machines and equipment as well as cleaning, disinfecting and care products. Senior decision-makers were able to meet their customers and establish new business ties.
Our friends at Duplex have alerted us to a story in the Mid Sussex Times which describes how cleaning and housekeeping is now being managed by a hospital trust after the £15m contract with Sodexo ended - and looking at the picture it's easy to see why!
Morclean has once again won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities - for its award winning BinWash City machine.
Following previous success in 2014 and 2015 in the UK, Morclean competed against more than 500 other nominations in the International Green World Awards for Environmental Best Practice. Morclean's official New Zealand distributor is going to be collecting the trophy and certificate at a presentation ceremony in Christchurch, New Zealand, this month.
Metsa Tissue has introduced a new range of Katrin dispensers, called the Katrin Inclusive range. This new range has been designed in collaboration with industry experts, as well as a wide variety of customers and end-users right across Europe, and takes into account the needs of a wide selection of users, including children, the elderly and those who are visually impaired, or have physical disabilities.
The first fully integrated conveyor belt sanitation unit, CleanBox forms an integrated part of the conveyor belt and facilitates continuous sanitation - even during production - for enhanced productivity and efficiency.
As revealed in Cleanzine some months ago, April 2016 will see the launch of the new Manchester Cleaning Show - a regional spin-off trade event within the Cleaning Show portfolio. What we didn't know at that stage was whether it would win the support of the UK cleaning industry, but we're happy to report that things are looking positive...
The Manchester Cleaning Show has now been officially announced with inaugural dates of 6th - 7th April 2016 at Event City in Manchester.
The 2015 Loo of the Year Awards inspections and grading has now been completed and despite the overall decline in public toilets throughout the UK, public toilet entries in the 2015 Loo of the Year awards increased by 28% compared to 2014, reports Awards managing director Mike Bone.
The recently launched SanTral Next Generation range of stainless steel products from Ophardt hygiene combine many years of proven quality from this manufacturer with new design elements to create an elegant and stylish appearance that will blend in perfectly with the ambiance of public washrooms.
I live in what I often describe as a 'falling down house' and there is almost always building work of some sort or another going on and a consequence of that is the inevitable brick dust as well as the dirt and debris walked into the carpets on builders' boots.
Add to that my love of gardening, the fact that I have to drag my lawnmower through the house to be able to tackle the front garden (thanks to 'Bill the Bodger', who owned the place before me) and a cat that never quite seems to make it indoors until sometime after it starts raining but which always wants to 'snuggle' afterwards, you can perhaps imagine the state that my carpets and the 20 year old cream sofas get into!
Novel approaches and practical insight to inspire a new generation of resource managers were championed at RWM 2015, organised by i2i Events Group in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
The event, from 15th to 17th September at Birmingham's NEC, provided a packed programme for its 13,000 visitors (subject to official auditing, currently being undertaken), with 700 leading exhibitor brands and over 70 seminar sessions from significant speakers.
Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.
Truckers' Toilets UK Campaign's Gillian Kemp has alerted us to an item in the Express & Star, which describes how Stafford's Street Scene team has to clean up Prime Point Business Park off the A34 several times a week - a task that is adding over £7,000 to annual costs - simply because there aren't any toilet facilities.
Apparently, those in need are using the Sainsbury's lorry park provided by the borough council, to answer the call of nature.
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PALLMANN is the 100+ year old division of the German Uzin-Utz AG and manufactures products and machinery for the installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors.
WECOVI, a long established Dutch manufacturing specialist to the professional cleaning and leisure sectors, is seeking to recruit an Account Manager to maintain and develop its business within the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Reintec (part of the HSS Group) are a specialist Hire, Sales and Service cleaning equipment provider who support customers throughout the UK. As the business continues to grow, we now have fantastic opportunities for two National Account Managers to join our team covering both Northern and Southern UK.
A new position has become available for a Technical Manager to join the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The successful applicant will take the lead in developing a new range of training and learning programmes, using different methodologies including classroom, practical and online. These new products and services will contribute to the increase in training and membership sales and other related business in both the UK and Internationally. The role will include delivering consultancy services to our customers when appropriate.
Quality Care Cleaning has an exciting opportunity for a Strategic Operations Manager to join our team in Cambridge. We offer a OTE salary range of £40,000 - £50,000 per annum plus benefits We are a professional, commercial cleaning company with over 30 years' experience, looking to employ a Strategic Operations Manager on a full time, permanent basis to manage our service delivery. We require an experienced, professional, quality driven individual that shares our commitment to customer care, team work & high standards to effectively manage an established team.
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Swift Office Cleaning Services Limited is an ISO9001 & 14001 accredited company that has an excellent opportunity for a Field Sales Executive to join their team. You will be visiting potential clients' premises covering London, Herts & Essex to discuss their requirements for daily office cleaning and various associated services.
A proven sales record in the cleaning industry is essential and you will be able to understand the clients' needs thoroughly, allowing enough time for our cleaning staff to complete our proposal that caters for the clients requirements at the budget they are prepared to spend. Telesales is also a vital part in this role, so experience in all aspects of lead generation is essential.
We are looking for the right person to join our sales team. This is a very rare opportunity to join our small, friendly team and sell our unique, premium quality floor cleaning equipment in the central area of England.
Vectair Systems is a multi-award-winning technological innovator, manufacturer and supplier of commercial 'away from home' washroom equipment. Founded over 25 years ago, we manufacture leading international brands including Airoma, Micro Airoma, Sanitex MVP, V-Screen, Vectair V-Fresh, Babyminder, Quadrasan, Prozone, Femcare, MVP and V-Air SOLID.
With an EMEA Head Office in Basingstoke, UK, Vectair Systems also offers unique OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) services, allowing companies to design their own style of coordinated washroom products and dispensers, using the latest manufacturing technologies from state of the art facilities.
Summary: Are you a rainmaker? ISSA is looking for a proven leader who will provide strategic direction and manage tactical plans to provide education, training, certification and business tools for Europe, Middle East and African member companies of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry trade association, www.issa.com. This person will be accountable for planning, management, execution and communication at several levels within and outside the association to meet education and certification revenue and participation goals to satisfaction. Expected to support the EMEA Director in achieving ISSA'S overall strategic goals for the EMEA region. Submit CV in English.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Sales Representative to join our team based in the area of Manchester, UK. The role will be a full time position working 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Typically you will be out on the road 3 days + 2 days at the office.
For more details and info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by sending your CV and we will get in touch.
Base salary £30,000 OTE £42,850
The Company Kaiser+ Kraft (KK) is an industrial B2B equipment and hardware reseller via catalogue. KK supplements this with Key Account Managers / Executives to provide a knowledgeable local face with the aim of becoming the preferred supplier of Maintenance, Repair and Operation hardware to its clients.
Founded in 1972 and based in Welwyn Garden City, we provide high quality cleaning services operating inside the M25, Herts, Beds, Bucks & Essex. We enjoy an outstanding reputation operating within the Education, Office Cleaning and Leisure sectors predominantly. We employ in excess of 1000 staff providing services for over 200 extremely satisfied customers. As we continue to grow, we are recruiting for a Sales Exec / Trainee Sales Exec with experience of the Cleaning, Washroom services or "soft services" environment.
Please send your CV to Paul Nixon, Director:
Wanted to run office and scheduling for all contractors, sales work & logistics. Needs experience in window cleaning. Knowledge of London & South East Region, Health & Safety helpful. Must be competant in using computer and with good customer relations.
CCS Cleaning are currently recruiting for a full-time Area Manager to look after our sites throughout the United Kingdom. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in the cleaning industry and have a very good knowledge of the business. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, full training and will be mentored by our Group Operations and Development Manager. Company phone, car and tablet will also be provided.
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