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If you’re a regular reader of my Leaders you’ll know how disgruntled I am about the way our recycling schemes are run in the UK, and also of my argument that we should be doing our utmost to avoid creating stuff that one day will need to be recycled. Of course recycling’s a better option than sending all our waste to landfill, but the assumption that recycling’s the perfect solution to our waste problem is way off track and something that needs to be addressed – and fast.
One of my bugbears is excess packaging. Take the humble cucumber, for example. Why is it, that nigh on all the stores in which I see cucumbers for sale, present each cucumber individually shrink-wrapped in plastic. Why? The plastic’s a devil to get off and cucumbers come in their own skin anyway. They’re not slimy or prickly and most of us wash them before use so they’re unlikely to be contaminated through other people’s handling. I never buy packaged bananas for the same reason.
My daughter gifted me a snack pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups last week. My delight soon turned to dismay when I discovered that inside the exterior packaging were five individually wrapped sweets, each one also sitting in its cake case and protected by a cardboard (thankfully recycleable) base. No more Reeses for me then and that’s not because once through all the layers of packaging, there was nothing like the volume of deliciousness that I’d first expected! And when it comes to cucumbers, I’ve voted with my feet and support my local farmers. I buy cucumbers – along with my other fruit and veg, loose at one of the farmers or local markets and if they’ve sold out, I go without. While we keep putting up with bad practice, nothing will change, and a little inconvenience on my part is a small price to pay.
Apart from Tesco though. The recent news that this British-owned supermarket has promised to ditch plastic wrapping on its own brands whilst allowing shoppers to enjoy the same discounts as they would if buying shrink-wrapped multipacks, is music to my ears. And this is just the beginning with further changes planned for later this year. I hope Tesco sees its profits soar so that others have to follow suit and that the change persuades the big brands that this is the type of progress we want to see, for without it, we simply won’t buy.
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This Week's News
The sophomore year of the American Cleaning Institute's Class of Clean is now in session. The College Student's Guide to Cleaning' aims to educate college students on proper cleaning, laundry and hygiene practices.
According to new data from ACI and Wakefield Research, while nearly all college students (92%) recognise that a clean room helps them feel their best, both mentally and physically, nearly three in four (72%) were less than completely prepared to clean on their own upon first arriving to college.
The speakers of the ISSA Pulire 2022 Forum have been announced. The sixth edition of the congress dedicated to integrated services will address issues which more than others are influencing our present and, above all, shaping the future of this sector.
Illustrious professionals and experts, from both related sectors and from industries far from that of services; all in some way connected to the three chosen themes… ISSA Pulire Network, organiser of the event, has created a heterogeneous program with the desire of stimulating the minds of the audience through knowledge sharing and dialogue with very different subjects because it is from the dialogue that new ideas and innovations arise.
“In a world where it remains challenging to drive confidence, high standards of hygiene remain of great importance - in February 2022 according to Global Reckitt Covid Tracker, with 1000 individuals surveyed, 38% still choose where they visit based on disinfection standards.
The three-month trial was part of the United Utilities Innovation Lab and allowed the opportunity to test Evogen Biogas Additive in a real-world environment based on a set of predetermined objectives; increase biogas generation, increase energy production and reduce final sludge volume for disposal with no detrimental impact on the final sludge quality. Genesis's additive surpassed on all targets.
The Global Hygiene Summit 2023, organised in partnership with the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (Singapore), and in collaboration with the World Bank, is being hosted in Singapore on 15th and 16th February 2023.
The Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI), a not-for-profit foundation established in 2020 with a multi-year $25 million grant from Reckitt, is focussed on plugging significant gaps in the health research space and improving access to information that will bridge epidemiology, public health and behaviour change. The Summit will align with this aim by informing the global health agenda, stimulating discussion which could lead to the adoption of better and more sustainable hygienic practises globally.
The service, which will enable customers to hire equipment from leading hygiene brands including KaiVac and SpaceVac, will offer fixed term contracts, with no upfront costs and set monthly payments.
Georgia Institue of Technology has saved $700,000 in cleaning and disinfecting costs thanks to GenEon. Founded in 1885, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a nationally recognised research university that sits on 400 beautiful, wooded acres in the heart of Atlanta. Its 25,000 students make use of over nine million square feet of building space.
Sodexo launched the Accelerators programme back in November 2021, partnering with innovation specialist L Marks, inviting applications from start-ups and scale-ups with a focus on employee experience, sustainability and smart buildings. Over 400 start-ups applied as part of a global scouting mission, and the final five start-ups were selected by Sodexo leaders, with input from clients, following two events held in April 2022.
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Recent UK News
The shortlist of finalists for the British Institute of Cleaning Science Awards 2022, which celebrate the exceptional efforts of leading lights from the professional cleaning industry, has been announced.
The organisation was inundated with entries for these popular annual Awards
TV presenter and former England international rugby player Martin Bayfield is the celebrity host for the Awards – an event renowned as one of the largest and most influential in the cleaning industry's calendar.
Latin American cleaners from Ecuador and Bolivia who work at Riverside Quarter, a large luxury residence in Wandsworth, London, have won a 16% pay rise bringing them up to £11.05 an hour from their previous rate of £9.50, the national minimum wage.
This pay rise comes after the cleaners, who are United Voices of the World members, voted to take strike action, with 100% of the UVW cleaners balloted, voting to strike.