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I’ve long felt that many of this planet’s troubles have been less about climate change and more about the damage our unnecessary consumption is causing. Despite Covid, the global population is still growing and is expected to reach eight billion next year. It’s imperative that we in the developed world tackle our desire to buy things we don’t need. This includes food. It’s not just the shameful amount of food wasted when others are starving, either, but the extra sewage we create thanks to our greed, along with the extra toilet tissue, soap and water used during our bathroom visits. If you think about it, it’s a little scary, isn’t it? Where’s it all going to go and how do we stop wasting water?
As a mother of twins, I struggled 34 years ago with washable nappies and while I’m happy that there are now easier-to-use and more environmentally-acceptable alternatives to the popular disposables, they’re too expensive for many. I’m watching with interest then, how a newly resurfaced 1.4-mile stretch of the A487 between Cardigan and Aberystwyth, in Wales, holds up. Why? It’s been resurfaced with more than 107,000 used nappies in an attempt to reduce landfill waste! Some 4.3 tonnes of recovered nappy fibre has been added to the bitumen used to glue together the asphalt surfacing and it’s even said to make the end result more durable. If the scheme – apparently the first of its kind in the UK – is a success, we may see it extended throughout Wales and possibly to the rest of the UK and beyond. While the joint venture between the Welsh Government, nappy recycling expert NappiCycle and babycare business Pura, has been poo-pooed by some who say that the nappies contain hydrocarbons and will leak microplastics and soil into the waterways, I wonder whether this is a better option than committing them to landfill. In the UK alone, this amounts to some three billion nappies and 400,000 tonnes of nappy waste annually. Imagine this worldwide! With the less environmentally-friendly versions taking up to 500 years to break down, we certainly need to find something to do with them and the process being used in Wales means nothing is sent to landfill.
Could this herald the end of the dreaded potholes decimating so many of our road surfaces, I wonder? If all it’s going to take is a few nappies to stop my house shaking when lorries trundle into the potholes, I’m going to be asking why someone didn’t try out this scheme years ago!
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This new role will see Mike lead the UK heads of sales and the marketing division to create a more aligned and effective team, creating synergy to further strengthen Tennant's goal to become the market leader in the manufacturing and supply of industrial and commercial cleaning equipment in the UK.
Consultation on proposals for the Apprenticeship Levy-accredited industrywide training programme and apprenticeship closed on Friday. Cleaning & hygiene sector employers, training operatives, providers and assessment organisations had been invited to have their say on the draft programme via the BCC website.
Events are kicking off again: Exhibitors can register for the upcoming CMS Berlin. From 19th to 22nd September 2023, Europe's hugely popular trade fair for the cleaning & hygiene market is inviting visitors to an industry exhibition and face-to-face meetings in Berlin.
Moving to an all-new venue, the event will see cleaning professionals descend on the Manchester Central Convention Complex from 6th -7th April, 2022 for two days of invaluable networking, a chance to learn from industry leaders and test the latest product innovations in person.
Reckitt is donating four million packs of its Lysol disinfecting wipes to 16 Los Angeles-based community organisations, to aid local hygiene and disinfection efforts amid the latest Covid-19 surge which is coinciding with cold and flu season. Part of the campaign includes a public art project driven by Reckitt and the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health (IIGH).
"USC has been an important partner in Los Angeles County's efforts to combat Covid-19," says Los Angeles County supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District. "We are grateful to Reckitt for joining in our fight against the virus and stepping in to provide Lysol disinfecting wipes."
The accident resulted in 19 stitches plus three days in the hospital for observation. That writer was Robert Kravitz, president of AlturaSolutions, a communications firm for business influencers. The incident made Robert review all he has learned about slips and falls over the years and how cleaning can help prevent them.
Jon-Don, a leading national supplier of commercial supplies, equipment, consumables and know-how to speciality contractors in the US, has acquired USA-Clean, which supplies thousands of repair parts for professional floorcare equipment, including auto scrubbers, portable extractors, vacuums and more.
The Illinois-based company employs 50 people along with a network of over 600 repair technicians servicing floor cleaning machines across all 50 states, plus Canada and Puerto Rico.
This high-quality range has classic, clean lines and is fully compliant with the latest, revised UK Water Regulations - and thanks to its rimless design, is easier to clean.
The AM Services Group team provides cleaning in office and rest areas as well as the employee restaurant and car park.
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