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Trying to maintain my Covid weight loss and my daughter trying to lose her work from home weight gain, we rise extra early every weekday to take a brisk walk to the station to collect a newspaper before returning through the park. It makes a great start to the day – particularly with the spectacular early morning sunrises we’ve been enjoying and the crunch of the icy grass underfoot. This morning, when we returned to the busy streets, we came across the refuse collectors cheerfully going about their work, throwing smiles and ‘Good mornings’ to everyone they passed. It occurred to us that while we relish being out and about as the sun’s just rising, throwing a silvery sparkle across the ground and reddening the trees, it must take a lot to be cheerful working in this environment every day with strict deadlines to meet, dodging slow moving vehicles and enduring impatient toots and shouts from drivers being held up or forced to brake. Then there’s the rain and wind to contend with on less idyllic days. I write this at 08:00 and my car’s still thick with ice. I’m wondering whose job it is to be first in the refuse lorry, when it’s cold, possibly wet inside with condensation and the windscreen covered in ice. Is it done on a rota, or does the newest member of the team draw the short straw? Are the windscreens sprayed with de-icer or is the ice removed manually, as mine is?
Then there’s ‘Ratty Monday’… Apparently, refuse collectors dread Monday mornings more than the rest of us do, as they have to deal with overfilled commercial bins in which rats have had the chance to settle relatively undisturbed over the weekend. “When we go to empty a bin on a Monday, there’s a stream of rats running to safety,” one collector told BusinessWaste.co.uk “It’s really bad if it’s a food store or a restaurant, and the lids haven’t been secured. We club the bins with a big stick, then give the rats time to run away. It’s terrifying.” Waste collector Divert.co.uk reveals that everyone’s afraid of being bitten, saying: “Our teams go into action with trousers tucked into boots and sleeve cuffs done up tight. But that’s still no guarantee.”
Bins have lids for a reason. What a shame those who overfill their bins so the lids won’t shut, don’t have a big stick of their own to contend with… A fine from the local council! Our refuse collectors don’t have the easiest job and careless businesses and residents shouldn’t be allowed to make it worse.
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UK cleaning & hygiene sector employers, training operatives, providers and assessment organisations are being urgently encouraged to have their say on proposals for an Apprenticeship Levy-accredited, industrywide training programme and apprenticeship. Consultation on proposals for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship opened yesterday and runs until 17:00 on Friday, 18th February.
You can read the proposal and use the download form to feedback on it, via:
“The cleaning industry is facing a recruitment crisis. We need to think less Mike Myers, and more Idris Elba. Let's face it, our industry needs to work on its sex appeal.
Lanxess is expanding its production capacity for the active ingredient Preventol CMK (chlorocresol) at the Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany, site by around 50% in response to the continuing strong demand for disinfectants and industrial preservation.
The speciality chemicals company has invested a single-digit million euro amount for the expansion, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
Diversey Holdings announced on Monday that it had completed the acquisition of Shorrock Trichem, a distributor of cleaning & hygiene solutions and services based in Northwest England with annual revenues of more than $30 million.
"This acquisition strengthens our position in the UK, one of our key geographies,” explains Phil Wieland, CEO of Diversey. “The combination of our businesses will allow us to offer a broader range of products, solutions and services to both our distributors and direct customers. I am pleased to welcome Shorrock's 240 experienced colleagues to Diversey and I am proud that this great, family-owned business saw Diversey as the right home for its people and its next phase of growth.”
Vacuuming is considered an extremely economical form of cleaning with low resource consumption and high operational flexibility. Vacuums are quickly ready for use and can be operated without any prior knowledge or experience.
Comprising six wet and dry vacuums, Hako offers a new, powerful Cleanserv vacuum programme for a wide range of cleaning tasks.
Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, has strengthened its commitment to realising a brighter and more sustainable future with its recent Planet Mark certification. Through this certification, the company is furthering its sustainability commitment by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint.
Over the next year, Jangro will be working towards strengthening its reduction of carbon emissions and sharing its journey of continuous improvement to inspire others. It is also measuring its social value contributions, which refers to the net social and environmental benefits generated by its team.
Already an accredited Hygiene Training provider with courses online and on site, the Warrington-based specialist has this month launched its First Steps to Successful Leadership programme designed to support companies in developing their staff throughout the business and to equip them with the necessary skills to successfully lead and manage their teams.
Wates Group, the privately owned UK construction, development and property services company, has reduced water use by 87% at its headquarters as a result of installing a system by Propelair, the UK designer and manufacturer of the famed lowest-water-flush toilet.
Since replacing its standard toilets with Propelair's water-efficient toilet in May 2016, the company has improved its Leatherhead building's efficiency and significantly reduced its overall water usage, by around 5.3 million litres each year - equivalent to filling a bathtub 51 times every single day of the year.
Around 45,000 children experience the death of a parent or sibling in the UK every year, with an additional 10,000 children having experienced bereavement as a direct result of Covid-19 in 2021.
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