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Responses to my lambasting last week of the expansion of the 'Ultra Low Emission Zone' throughout Greater London, reminded me that the problem isn't just about London, either. I'd read about similar schemes in other cities both in the UK and overseas, but hadn't followed them quite as closely as I rarely drive through them. One response in particular stood out because it showed me that it's not just about individual freedom or even damage to smaller businesses and tradespeople - but about the food supply chain too and ultimately the cost of our food itself. Also, it showed me that all, perhaps, is not lost...
Alastair Scott, sales director at Robert Scott & Sons, wrote: "Thank you for your leader article on the expansion of the London ULEZ. We had a similar problem up here in Manchester - with a plan by Andy Burnham to extend a payment emission zone throughout the whole of greater Manchester, which included many rural areas with minimal traffic. After general uproar - including some people attempting to transport their sheep on the bus, to demonstrate why public transport does not work for everyone - the plan was shelved.
All the points you raise about small businesses and excess cost, were just as valid here. The general public consensus was that the driving factor is really extra revenue, rather than reducing emissions. If Government and local authorities are serious about reducing emissions; they need to urgently legislate a much better EV charging infrastructure. And not try and extract more cash from businesses who still have to use fossil fuel vehicles."
In kindly forwarding a picture of one of the sheep on a bus, Alistair revealed that a Shetland pony was also making the trip. I’d talked about cleaning equipment creating hazards when carried on public transport but this takes things to another level, doesn’t it! I said last week that the schemes hadn't been thought through and I'm now hoping that with some careful planning and a little courage, we can indeed persuade the powers that be, to think again.
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One of the biggest events in the UK's cleaning industry calendar ' The Loo of the Year Awards, sees hundreds of people gather at the National Motor Cycle Museum, Solihull, to laud those involved in providing the best of our away-from-home washrooms.
The most recent event was cause for an even bigger celebration, with the Hereford-based Awards themselves celebrating their 35th Anniversary alongside Mitie, whose team was awarded double trophies along with the 'Big One'.
Registration is open for ISSA Pulire 2023, the international trade fair dedicated to the professional cleaning and sanitation sector, which is taking place at Fiera Milano, Italy, from 9th to 11th May.
Aimed at cleaning professionals, manufacturers, distributors, service and facilities management companies, users and end customers, the event will showcase the best in professional cleaning, disinfestation, laundry, integrated services and maintenance.
Polygiene Group, Swedish manufacturer of Polygiene BioMaster antimicrobial additives and other Polygiene Product Protection technologies, has signed a new distribution deal with Indian partner N9WTPL.
The partnership with one of India's leading advanced speciality chemicals companies has opened a whole new marketplace for the firm. The aim is to present Polygiene BioMaster and other Polygiene technologies to a larger audience, helping to play an important role in increased antimicrobial protection and encouraging more 'Mindful Living'.
The design features an internal coating of seaweed and natural plant latex to hold liquids; this naturally biodegrades in the environment much like a waxy tree leaf. Biodegradable accelerators within the paper bottle construction speed up and ensure natural composting. The bottles can be cut up and composted or put in recycling or even in garden waste bin as everything is natural.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has increased its annual Undergraduate Bursary. The Association is now offering more financial support to more young people going to university than ever before.
Research commissioned by global washroom hygiene services company Citron Hygiene found that women across the UK have had to seek alternative methods of accessing menstrual products over the last year, with many turning to family (62%), friends (55%) and employers (17%) for vital supplies.
Spanning over 40 different hotels of varying formats, brands and sizes, ICE will be deploying over 1,000 Mini Bot robotic vacuums, 135 IRIS stacks (storage and charging stations for the robots) and over 100 battery-operated handheld vacuum cleaners.
The contractor was awarded the new work following a competitive tender process which was open to cleaning companies from across the UK. Mrs Buckét Cleaning Services stood out for its company culture and the innovation it can implement at the site.
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