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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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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.
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.
IEHA, a Division of ISSA, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality (HCOH) have agreed to partner on research to assist hotel housekeepers. 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.
"The work of directors of housekeeping and room attendants is crucial to guest satisfaction and hotel success," notes Michael Patterson, IEHA executive director. "We aim to support this vital work through research and related IEHA education that helps both executive housekeepers and line workers find a greater sense of accomplishment in their work, while improving cleanliness, health, and business outcomes."
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.
An opportunity has arisen for an Education and Certification Business Development Manager to join ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, to manage and further develop a range of educational activities and to roll out our Certification programme (CIMS), in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
This exciting position requires a highly motivated industry professional who can demonstrate a consultative sales approach to business and is able to demonstrate a successful track record within the FM and Cleaning Sectors.
The successful candidate will be instrumental in establishing the Cleaning Industry Management Standard Certification programme in UK and Ireland as the go-to accreditation for Cleaning Contractors and in-house Cleaning Services providers and in driving revenue growth.
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