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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.
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I’ve seen many changes over my 30 years in this industry, and while the biggest has been the ever-quickening move towards automation, the most important, in my view, has concerned finding ways to prevent the overuse of chemicals, reduce the need to use environmentally-harmful chemicals and to cut down on packaging. Although we don’t tend to receive much recognition for our efforts, I believe we should congratulate ourselves on the improvements we’ve made thus far. The issue I feel we’re going to be forced to address more thoroughly as an industry though, regards the conservation of the world’s water supplies. While there are a number of manufacturers supplying equipment which uses recycled water in the cleaning process or which operates under pressure so that very little water is required, I believe that in the future, legislation - along with the cost of water - will push us all to find ways to use as little of this precious commodity as possible and that our need to get to grips with using wastewater will go far beyond cleaning.
European surveys carried out last year, revealed that the public is more open to wastewater recycling than the water sector believed. Distributed to 2,500-plus participants in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands, surveys carried out by Cranfield University focused on the use of recycled water for drinking purposes, and the use of recovered nutrients from the wastewater to grow food. In the Netherlands, 75% of respondents supported, or strongly supported the use of recycled water for drinking, compared to 67% in the UK and 73% in Spain.
The UK Government has now launched its own enquiry into public acceptability of using wastewater as a source for drinking water treatment and the three water regulators - Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate have earmarked sites to be used to investigate the workings of 'toilet-to-tap' schemes. It could work out well… While the Government acknowledges that some similar schemes have been rejected in the US, a 2018 study carried out by the University of California, revealed that recycled toilet water was considered just as tasty as bottled water and better than tap water, while in the 'blind' test of 'toilet to tap' water, volunteers even admitted that they preferred it to ordinary tap water!
There’s a well-supported belief that our tap water has already gone through five bodies, so those of us who drink it have already got our heads around this concept, and with so much untreated sewage being found in our waterways and seas along with agricultural waste, chemicals and plastics, any changes to the way we handle our wastewater won’t come a moment too soon.
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The rising cost of raw materials and energy is creating a perfect opportunity for unscrupulous providers of cleaning & hygiene products, writes Lorcan Mekitarian, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association
"Buyers of cleaning and hygiene products need to beware of providers offering low-cost solutions. Against the backdrop of the escalating cost of raw materials and energy, those reducing prices are likely to be cutting corners. The only way buyers can guarantee that they get what they pay for is to look for the CHSA Accreditation Scheme mark.
Research that could be used for screening and developing new detergents based on biomimetic membranes has been recognised as the best Paper published in 2021 in the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.
The authors were recognised during the 2022 American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) Annual Meeting, held this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The Distinguished Paper Award is an annual honour presented by the American Cleaning Institute.
In fact, the rise in demand for high-quality cleaning brands over the past decade has been huge, with one in three households in the UK now employing a cleaner. Meanwhile, expectations for cleaning service providers have increased dramatically, with 96% of us now saying that the service we receive is an important factor in our choice of loyalty to a brand.
For the second consecutive year, the company will sanitise the exterior seating area at Churchill Downs using its patented charged-electrostatic drones. As the Derby returns to full capacity this year, Aeras also will use its innovative drone technology to power wash portions of the exterior at the racetrack for the oldest, continuously held sporting event in the US.
Santoemma’s new Powertec 30-Battery is an innovative, battery-powered machine used for cleaning and sanitising public washrooms. Extremely manoeuvrable, efficient and quiet in operation, it can be put to good use in any environment where working without the inconvenience of a power cable or having a mop and bucket to move around, will make life easier for the cleaning team.
The cleaning process is carried out through four stages:
A shameful statistic from Ted Talk 'Plastic Rehab' shows that over 80% of litter in Britain has been discarded purposefully; litter that costs around £500 million every year to clean up. Cromwell Polythene is continuing to play its part in Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean - even during the pandemic with socially-distanced litter picks.
This year the company chose two areas of its industrial estate which are known locally for attracting high levels of litter.
The Association's chief economist Patrick Joyce has issued the warning, following a Government announcement that an enquiry will review how the labour market should be designed with regard to immigration. It is proposing to reintroduce work permits for people from countries outside the EU.
Mitie has launched a new Cleaning an&d Hygiene Centre of Excellence in Birmingham to showcase the latest products and service innovations in the cleaning industry. Featuring a broad range of science and technology, the Centre demonstrates how the Science of Service can ensure the highest cleaning standards, while limiting the impact the sector has on the environment.
With Covid-19 changing how we work and live, now, more than ever, businesses understand the value and importance of investing in cleaning. The pandemic, coupled with the ongoing climate crisis, has also driven the biggest acceleration of cleaning technology ever seen.
The contractor was originally appointed as the soft services facilities management provider at Cribbs Causeway in April 2017. Following a robust tender process during 2021, it was successful in winning the bid to provide cleaning, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, landscaping, security, and guest services through its team of 110 dedicated team members.
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