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Over the 20 years we've been broadcasting Cleanzine, I've occasionally written about our world’s coastlines and beaches - generally when I've received press information regarding individual countries' performances in terms of keeping these areas clean, hygienic and safe for the general public. And it’s pleased me that Britain has boasted some of the cleanest beaches and waters in the world. Not so now though, with reports surfacing this year of almost wanton devastation caused by persistent flouting of the regulations, by water companies pumping enormous volumes of untreated sewage into our seas along with storm overflows. Surfers Against Sewage released its latest Water Quality Report at midnight. It makes damning – and frightening - reading. In response, a spokesperson at Water UK, (www.water.org.uk) said:
Publicity over the damage the flushing of wet wipes can inflict has been pretty emphatic but the message clearly isn’t getting across to consumers. Should our industry be leading the way perhaps by flooding our various domestic markets with sensibly priced and clearly labelled flushable wet wipes - or isn’t this viable? And can we do more, as individuals who know about these things, to educate our families and friends on the hazards of flushing wet wipes and pouring fats, oils and grease into our toilets and sinks? I’m well aware from conversations I’ve had, that most people are blissfully unaware of the issues.
Surfers Against Sewage says that untreated sewage has been poured into the UK's bathing waters 5,504 times this Summer, and that while water companies are only allowed to discharge sewage in 'extreme rainfall' conditions, it’s found evidence of potential illegal activity where they've been dumping raw sewage when there's no rain. Do please read the report at https://sas.org.uk/waterquality2022/introduction/introduction/#top and help spread the word.
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At the request of people preparing their entries and needing more time in which to do so, Metsä Tissue has extended the submission date for its upcoming Sustainability Awards to 23rd December 2022, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of entering but didn’t feel you’d be able to do yourself justice within the initial timescale, now’s your chance to shine!
These Awards are free to enter.
A proposed 23% increase in fuel duty, which equates an additional 12p per litre of petrol or diesel at the pumps, hidden in the content of last week's Office of Budgetary Responsibility Report on Fiscal Responsibility, would be a body blow to the logistics industry if introduced, according to the business group which represents the sector.
david wells obe, chief executive of Logistics UK, which represents 20,000 members from all sectors of the industry, is alarmed that a proposal of such significance was not discussed in the Chancellor's fiscal statement made in the House of Commons earlier, and is concerned about the potential impact of its introduction:
Phillips 66 is partnering with floor cleaning equipment and technology company ICE Cobotics to enable branded Phillips 66, Conoco, 76, and Phillips 66 Aviation locations to utilise Ice Cobotics Cobi 18 autonomous floor scrubbers.
Cobi 18 robots are designed to clean 5,000sq.ft - 7,000sq.ft of floorspace per hour and can be deployed multiple times per day to clean floors.
Essity and Reckitt have announced the launch of a range of co-branded disinfection products for professional hygiene customers combining the power of their Tork, Dettol and Sagrotan brands across four countries in Europe.
This collaboration combines the scale and experience of Essity's trusted professional hygiene brand Tork with the well-known consumer recognition of Dettol and Sagrotan brands of Reckitt. The products will give professional hygiene customers added value from two widely trusted and efficacious brands. The new range will be available as of January 2023 across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.
"Mental health has become a major talking point, not just in business but in many other walks of life. So often invisible until it is too late, poor mental health can take many forms - and its effects can be significant and long-term.
Writes Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark - a new agency created to help aircare, hygiene and washroom technology brands and businesses develop effective innovations and marketing strategies. Matt’s two decades of experience in the industry, enables him to support clients with outstanding and truly innovative ideas - both for branding and products.
“Make good of your word… one of the most important life lessons I was taught and something I hang my hat on. Yet recently, has talk become ‘cheap' in business and culture?
Cintas Corporation has announced the grand-prize winner and runners-up in the 2022 Cintas SHINE (Star Housekeepers in a New Era) Award. Christine Perkins, a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cedar City in Cedar City, Utah, won the contest's $5,000 cash grand prize.
Additionally, her property will receive a comprehensive product, training and consultation package from Cintas and its contest partners.
Workplace hygiene has never been more important. With the UK set to face a cold Winter - especially considering the soaring price of gas and electricity bills - it is imperative that workspaces and offices have measures in place to limit the spread of infections.
And with evidence suggesting the Northern Hemisphere is on course for a surge of Covid-19 cases this Winter, any additional facilities or policies to protect yourself and your colleagues will be welcomed.
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