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I was interested to learn yesterday that more than 60% of the food waste at the venue for next week’s ISSA Show - which happens to be the largest convention centre in North America - is donated, composted, or used to generate renewable energy. Along with many other steps the facility’s taken to improve sustainability, this appeared pretty impressive, but then I pondered over what happens to the remainder and why it’s not being put to good use too. I know in the UK (or where I live, anyway) we’re asked not to pour liquids into our food waste bins so perhaps that’s the answer?
The latest UK figures show that the amount of food saved from becoming waste thanks to its redistribution continues to rise significantly – up 16% in 2021 from 2020’s figures, with more than 106,000 tonnes of surplus food worth more than £330 million, (the equivalent of 253 million meals) redistributed via charitable and commercial outlets. Redistribution has more than tripled since climate action NGO WRAP, which monitors UK surplus food as part of its food waste prevention work, first reported figures in 2015. An estimated 426,000 tonnes of surplus food worth over £1.3 billion has now been saved from wastage - the equivalent of more than a billion meals in six years. Sadly, however, each year nearly 200,000 tonnes of perfectly good food in the supply chain still goes to waste - enough to fill Wembley Stadium eight times every year. I find this incredible, considering the price rises we’re currently having to endure!
Catherine David, director of collaboration & change at WRAP, agrees: "It's devastating to see how much food continues to be wasted from supply chains when so many people are struggling to afford the basics, and food redistributors say they can take more,” she says. “Whilst we welcome the increased amount of food being redistributed in the UK, we know there is a huge amount of good food that could be feeding people. Wasting food also feeds climate change, as all the resources taken to produce the food are thrown in the bin with it."
I must admit that I’d never previously considered the impact made in the food production, packaging and distribution process when contemplating food waste, which Catherine refers to here. Adding that to the mix only makes me more ashamed that despite all the technology we have at our disposal and the fact that people throughout much of the developed world may well soon be struggling financially – if they’re not already – we seem unable to properly get to grips with the issue.
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After 37 years in the cleaning industry, Mike Osiadacz, sales director for Matrix Cleaning Systems for the past 10 years, has decided to take retirement. Those who know Mike - and there will be many who do, will know that for the past 23 years he has been involved with steam cleaning equipment… Something that he has been very passionate about and evident when he is presenting and demonstrating.
Mike recalls that it all started back in 1985 at Premiere Products when he was working on the production line building single disc rotary machines, before moving into sales and joining the National Accounts Division, selling into local authorities and relocating to the North East and eventually back to the South West.
Nova is the next generation of sanitary units from Kennedy Hygiene. Following in the footsteps of the Intima range, this is a further improved market leading unit that embodies exceptional functionality, quality, and unique service-friendly features.
With the ISSA Show North America taking place next week from 11th – 13th October, attendees and exhibitors should know the many steps Chicago's McCormick Place has taken to become greener and more sustainability-focused.
"In the process, this has helped make the facility a healthier and more sustainable place to hold the convention," a spokesman says. "The McCormick Place Campus is the largest convention centre in North America. Before the pandemic, it welcomed more than 3million people annually. But that creates a huge impact on the environment. Fortunately, McCormick Place has taken many steps to reduce that impact."
Industry leaders are very concerned and reasonably warning that the ongoing severe staff shortages affecting the £59bn UK cleaning, hygiene & waste sector could cause any 'twindemic' this winter to be much worse.
The situation could become absolutely critical and be exacerbated due to the cleaning sector recruitment crisis if UK Health Security Agency fears of a resurgence in flu infections, coinciding with a major wave of Coronavirus cases, comes to pass, the British Cleaning Council is warning.
The plastic-free core plugs are made primarily from starch and fibre, replacing plastic core plugs currently in use. It is estimated to reduce plastic by over 30 tons every year - the equivalent weight of 1.5 million plastic bottles.
Velair Group tells us it is thrilled to introduce you to the Pebble+. TUV certified, the Pebble+ removes 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and benefits from Velair's Advanced Hygienic Protocol, consisting of UV-C light disinfection, ION particle generation, and an intelligent H13 media filter; all encased within an ION pure antimicrobial cover, for total protection.
Not only does the Pebble+ boast some of the highest hygiene technologies within the hand dryer market, it also benefits from Velair's patented Plug & Play innovation.
Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions and one of the largest providers of enzyme and microbial technologies to improve industrial performance while preserving the planet's resources.
From Qatar to County Down, cleaners from all over the world have zoomed-in to training courses run by Prochem during the pandemic. So, while the company's course numbers return to full strength at its facility in Surrey, its highly successful online courses are to carry on, says the company.
From a period during the pandemic when it capped numbers attending cleaning courses at 12, then 16 and 22 delegates, Prochem is back to full capacity of 28 for all of its training courses.
Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, took to the streets to roll out its new fleet of electric street cleansing bikes for World EV Day. The set of 14 new bikes are an addition to the extensive Westminster fleet of over 60 electric street cleansing and collections vehicles.
The new electric bikes have allowed Veolia to cut down on the number of diesel vehicles used within the borough. Using a bike in replacement of a diesel vehicle not only significantly reduces noise pollution, but allows for a 100% reduction in Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions.
A report from earlier in the year by the Federation of Small Businesses has found that 440,000 small firms in the UK were almost forced to close due to the late payment ‘crisis’. This crisis calls for businesses to take a look at the way they're paid and put in place a framework to ensure that invoices are paid correctly and on time.
Nominations are open for the fourth annual 2022 Guest Room Attendant (GRA) Excellence Award, which recognises the invaluable contributions GRAs - hotel housekeepers – make to guest and employee environments in hotels and lodges across the US.
In an industry that is still feeling the pandemic's aftershocks, the GRA Excellence Award acknowledges the housekeeping heroes who have shown up day after day to clean and disinfect guest rooms and common areas. Nominations are open through 31st December, 2022.
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