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When I wrote last week’s Leader, I had no idea that a new report was about to be published on ‘waste crime’ (their words). It makes interesting reading and while I was going through it, the phrase ‘papering over the cracks’ came to mind. I’ve always been the type who won’t take a painkiller but will instead work out why I’m in pain and deal with the cause, thus eliminating the need to dose my body with chemicals. Likewise, I believe that if we’re spending £millions annually, clearing up illegally dumped waste, which in the meantime is blighting the landscape and creating a hazard, and when it’s cleared tends to go straight to landfill rather than being sorted for recycling, then we need systems in place which will prevent it from being dumped in the first place. This is something that’s not been happening in the UK, with the opening hours of our civic amenity tips being dramatically squeezed and charges brought in - soon, thankfully, to be rescinded - for householders recycling certain waste.
I’ve always advocated the practice of co-mingling (putting all recycling in one bin, to be sorted by an expert) to prevent loads from being contaminated. This would prove particularly useful with plastics which can be difficult to sort properly and would reduce rejection and the need to incinerate. I also believe more materials should be collected – plastic bags in which foods have been supplied, for example, along with torn carrier bags, since these aren’t accepted at many tips. Also, health & safety rules prevent those without vehicles from accessing tips (despite us walking around freely when we’re there!) meaning items are needlessly sent to landfill.
I’ve been saying for years that governments not yet doing so, need to make it easy for us to recycle our waste. If they don’t, they’ll be spending money dealing with the fallout – as this report shows. You can read the summary below and there’s a link to the full report, too. The document also shows the annual increases in landfill costs and while these costs have to be swallowed, however high they go, there’s only so much space for the same thing to happen to our waste. No-one wants to live near a landfill site so we need to stop papering over the cracks and start looking for a long-term solution to the problem; a solution that goes far beyond easing our burden when it comes to recycling and serves to drastically reduce the amount of waste we produce.
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The Clearway Group has appointed Ex-Rainbow International managing director Nick Revell to the position of UK group sales director, which means he will take overall responsibility for the growth leadership of all of the Group’s UK business units.
Clearway operates as a market leader in vacant property services and asset protection including security, CCTV, monitoring and debt management and recovery via Clearway Services, Clearway Technology (formerly Cerberus) and Clearway Debt Squared.
Kathleen Stanton, associate vice president, technical & international affairs at the American Cleaning Institute, has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services (ITAC 3).
The Committee provides detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce and the US Trade Representative (USTR) regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting its sectors; and performs such other advisory functions relevant to US trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR or their designees.
Government does not have the data it needs to assess the scale of waste crime in England, and the incentives for criminals to enter the waste market have increased, according to a report by the National Audit Office, published yesterday.
The 25-Year Environment Plan, published in 2018, states Government's ambition to eliminate waste crime and illegal waste sites in England within 25 years (by 2043).
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, a local authority in County Durham, has partnered with lone worker safety specialist StaySafe, to ensure that lone working employees can get help in an emergency at the push of a button through the StaySafe Lone Worker app on their mobile devices, or via the wearable V.BTTN device.
This combination replaces the council's previous lone worker device which staff found difficult to use, and which did not offer a discreet way to call for help.
Pioneering environmental science research company, Genesis Biosciences, has unveiled an enhanced formulation of one of its core cleaning products which further increases the product's sustainability credentials while cutting the company's carbon footprint.
Genesis has amplified the concentration of its General Purpose Sanitiser Concentrate meaning it can now be diluted at one part product to 29 parts water. Containing biodegradable, quat-free anti-microbial and anti-viral ingredients, the product delivers high-performance sanitisation of all types of hard surfaces without the need for harmful bleach.
New r-MicronSolo is Vileda Professional's single use cleaning cloth made from 35% recycled materials. Due to its advanced micronfibre technology, it offers effective and rapid cleaning of high-risk areas.
The highly absorbent cleaning cloth especially suits demanding mechanical cleaning tasks in hygienically-sensitive areas due to its proven ability in removing bacteria and viruses by 99.99% on all surfaces.
Delphis Eco has been honoured for the first time with a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development. Incredibly, this is over and above the two Royal Warrants Delphis Eco holds from HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Created out of the desire to provide a solution to cleaning that wouldn't harshly impact the environment, Delphis Eco is one of 226 organisations nationwide recognised with a Queen's Award for Enterprise, and one of only 31 to be awarded for Sustainable Development.
Cleanology CEO Dominic Ponniah has joined the Living Wage Foundation's Recognised Service Provider (RSP) Leadership Group. The group acts to encourage wider take-up of fair pay, and to make the accreditation scheme more effective.
"I feel incredibly privileged to play a role in shaping the group and pioneering fair pay," says Dominic. "In our industry, with many staff classed as low-skilled, decent pay is an issue for many. As a member of the leadership group, I hope to act as a bridge between the Living Wage Foundation and the cleaning industry, to increase our own client uptake of support for the Real Living Wage, and to promote transparency among businesses that display fair pay credentials."
ISSA has announced a new alliance with Federación Nacional de Empresas de Aseo y Afines, a non-profit organisation promoting cooperation and growth for building service contractors and related industries in Colombia. Beginning 1st May, FENASEO's BSC members will become ISSA members for the following year.
"FENASEO and ISSA share a commitment to supporting our member companies through providing resources and opportunities for growth," says María del Pilar Rodríguez, FENASEO Executive Director. "Through this partnership, our members will have access to ISSA's extensive member benefits including education, events and a wealth of industry knowledge."
The Responsible Flushing Alliance has published a new infographic highlighting some of the strangest objects that have been pulled out of municipal wastewater treatment catch basins in three California areas. A Spanish version of the infographic is also available.
RFA partnered with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Orange County Sanitation District, and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, to identify the foreign objects that are damaging our sewer systems. Using Earth Day last week as a launching pad, RFA and the wastewater industry are hoping the infographic brings greater awareness to the challenges caused by improper waste disposal.
With a $500,000 donation, the American Chemical Society has joined the US National Academy of Sciences in an effort to help researchers forced to flee Ukraine because of Russia's invasion. The donation will support the NAS's Scientists and Engineers in Exile or Displaced (SEED) program, which is working to help scientists and engineers relocate and continue their work in Poland and other neighbouring countries.
Under agreements with the Ukrainian and Polish academies of sciences, NAS support for researchers and their families includes providing the displaced researchers with grants and placements in appropriate research institutions for up to six months. The funding from ACS will be prioritised to assist Ukrainian chemical scientists to the extent possible.
Lucid Drone Technologies has chosen T-Mobile to be the exclusive provider of IoT connectivity and management for its fleet of industrial spraying drones. The collaboration is designed to put maintenance teams and exterior cleaning companies out of harm's way using drone technology for high-risk facilities maintenance work such as exterior soft-wash cleaning and high-rise window washing.
The companies also plan to use T-Mobile's 5G network in the future to fly drones beyond line-of-sight and power more data-intensive capabilities such as video streaming.
Incentive FM has renewed its contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company - the world's best-known theatre company. Everything the RSC does begins at its workshops and theatres, situated in the historical destination of Stratford-Upon-Avon, before being shared around the world.
Extending its relationship for another three years, will take Incentive FM's partnership with the RSC to nine years.
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