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I’ve known for many years that graffiti will inspire other vandals to leave their mark, that a smashed window in an empty building will soon lead to all the windows being smashed, and that litter dropped, always makes it easier for others to drop their own litter. Something I didn’t know however, which I learnt from Keep Britain Tidy this week, is that brightly-coloured items of litter act as a beacon to litterbugs, encouraging them to add to the mess!
New research by the Group’s Centre for Social Innovation has found that the presence of large, brightly-coloured items of litter – crisp packets, bottles, chicken dinner boxes and sandwich boxes – act as a ‘beacon’, (giving others permission to drop their rubbish) and that keeping areas free from these ‘beacons of litter’ reduces overall littering.
Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Beacons of Litter’ social experiment involved cleaning three areas in two locations - Stourbridge in the West Midlands and Stoke Newington in north-east London - so that they were completely free from litter. ‘Beacon’ items were then planted in one location; other, smaller litter items - including tissues and small pieces of paper - were planted in a second location and a third area was kept litter-free as a control.
The sites were monitored to see how people behaved and how much litter accumulated and the results were clear. The experiment was repeated six times over two weeks, with a total of 72 hours of observations monitoring taking place.
In places where the ‘beacons of litter’ were present, the researchers found 35% of people littered their rubbish. In the areas where the smaller items were placed, that percentage fell to 22% and in the control, where no litter was placed, the percentage littering was 17%.
The researchers also discovered that people were more likely to drop ‘beacon’ items if other ‘beacons’ litter was already present - 41% of people observed, dropped drinks containers, plastic bags and other ‘beacons’ items, but this fell to just 11% in the ‘other’ condition and 10% in the control.
It would seem that those responsible for street cleaning, should perhaps focus in future on areas that are notorious for ‘beacon’ littering, to help keep our environment as litter-free as possible…
I, however, just wish we could find a way to prevent people from dropping litter in the first place!
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A record 300 guests attended the Cleaning & Support Services Association's Annual Luncheon two weeks ago and the consensus was that these annual gatherings had been very much missed over the years that the CSSA had been part of the Building Futures Group and the event had disappeared from the calendar.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced a dynamic lineup of presentations and speakers for its second-annual technical conference taking place 9th - 11th August in Big Sky, Montana.
The conference titled, 'The Summit at Lone Mountain', will feature cutting-edge presentations in cleaning, disaster restoration and flooring inspection.
B130 Fluoroseal CF carpet and upholstery protector replaces both Fluoroseal Plus and Aqua Seal Fabric Protector with one product, based upon cationic fluoropolymer technology for durable soil and stain resistance.
The American Cleaning Institute's fourth Sustainability Report, 'Foundations for Transformation', showcases the steps the cleaning product supply chain is taking to address the industry's core material issues.
The report highlights the progress made by companies throughout the cleaning product supply chain over the last two years, to decrease the industry's environmental footprint.
The new approach addresses four key areas where leading public health and social care providers are seeking transformation. These are the management of waste - in particular infectious waste - to reduce environmental impact and increase safety:
"Articles about public toilets appear to be ever increasing - usually because so many facilities are now closing. This is a great worry especially for the young, the elderly, those who are pregnant, on medication of various types that necessitate the loo, have a particular medical condition... in fact the list gets longer if you also take into account the needs of taxi drivers, bus drivers, train drivers, police officers, postal workers, night shift workers and so on...
Healthcare Design Awards 2017 finalist, Castlemeadow Care, supports its residents with expertise, sympathy and respect for their dignity - as if they were a family member. Since 1999, the family-owned business has been helping the people of Norfolk and beyond to make the most of later life.
Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning arm of Incentive FM Group, has secured a major contract extension with Johnson Matthey, a global leader in science that provides cleaner air, improved health and more efficient use of natural resources.
The new deal runs for three years with the option of a further two and is worth in the region of £1.5 million per year.
Manufactured by Hruby Orbital Systems, a company dedicated to the low moisture orbital floor care industry, the Orbot LiFe is a lithium-battery-driven, versatile, compact commercial and residential orbital floor machine for carpet, hard floors, and many other floor types.
In a bid to expand its market share, Gemini Commercial Cleaning - said to be Blackburn's largest commercial cleaning company - has taken its next leap in growth with the addition of rival company Lancashire Cleaning Services. Gemini describes the its acquisition as an 'integral part' of its business growth strategy.
Jangro has welcomed Crystal Cleaning Supplies as the latest addition to its independent janitorial distribution network, an expansion which brings the total number of distributors in the group to 44, strategically located across the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
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