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As someone who was brought up to abide by the law of the land and to respect authority, I’ve been at odds with myself somewhat recently, over my reaction to the reports and pictures of so many surveillance cameras and road barriers being disabled around the UK, by angry citizens. I can’t help feeling that those involved aren’t career criminals or vandals as such, but ordinary people like me, who are becoming ever angrier over the growing numbers of seemingly unnecessary driving restriction schemes that are damaging our lives, our ability to work and our businesses. Yes I’m talking about cameras and road blocking barriers set up as part of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) along with those in Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, which are being vandalised and in some cases removed. Folk are refusing to pay fines, others are covering their licence plates and some are even walking through restricted roads wearing licence plates strung around their bodies – no doubt to confuse the cameras and cause disruption to the system. I had to chuckle at the police comment: "Masked vandals are difficult to detect and charge," but can’t help thinking that the police, too, can see that these systems are so ill-advised that they’re going to lead to greater civil unrest.
As you may imagine, I was happy to learn this week that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is facing a High Court battle to prove his plans to extend the ULEZ zone to all of Greater London in August are lawful. I hope to goodness that he loses. As someone who’s living just outside greater London and who regularly has to cross into the Zone while going about my business, I can see the damage this extension will do to local people and businesses who simple cannot afford to upgrade their vehicles to comply with emission standards and as a result face paying a daily fine of £12.50.
The Mayor claims he’s averting a ‘health emergency’ by reducing toxic air caused by traffic, yet his schemes, in my view, add to pollution by creating bottlenecks of slow-moving traffic elsewhere. His miles upon miles of 20mph zones also cause jams and increase pollution (and frustration!) not only because journeys are taking longer and we’re forced to drive further, but also because car engines and gear boxes are often forced to labour in these circumstances. Plus, however good public transport may become, people can’t take heavy or cumbersome items such as cleaning equipment on a bus or train, can they? There’s a protest against ULEZ and LTNs in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday at midday. I can’t help but feel I ought to go along…
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Principle Cleaning Services has appointed Juan Camara as its specialist services director. Juan has more than 27 years' experience in performance improvement and is an expert in data centre cleaning, having spent many years in the sector.
He will be responsible for leading and expanding the specialist services division as part of Principle's medium-term growth strategy and will also work alongside the vertical cleaning team.
Early results are that three MPs have been engaged, along with the Conservative policy unit, which only serves to demonstrate the effect that YOU are having.
Last week, the 2022 Recycle Week hero video, 'Let's Get Real', scooped a Gold Smiley award at the OCFA charity film awards, fending off tough competition from Barts, the Scout Association, Samaritans, Diabetes UK, Breast Cancer Now and The Bible Society.
The theme of last year's campaign was to boldly challenge perceptions and myths around recycling, as well as targeting contamination to improve recycling behaviours. The award-winning video unpacked what really happens to recycling in a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes journey through a recycling facility.
Companies across all sectors talk about being 'green' and 'sustainable' but with the requirements of day-to-day operations taking priority, it can become all too easy for this to become no more than lipservice and for truly sustainable activity to be pushed to the back of the queue.
Corporate social responsibility is a widely used term and most company websites will contain references to policies and practices in this area. More recently, however, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) has started to take over, implying an approach to business which goes beyond solely sustainability - however this may be defined.
If nuclear waste were recycled and repurposed as fuel for advanced nuclear reactors it could generate up to a millennia of zero carbon electricity for Europe, says a new report released this week by the international environmental campaign group RePlanet.
Idrobase Group’s new Tempesta trolley is an innovative solution in the field of pressure washing machinery, so much so that it has been nominated for the next ‘Product of the Year’ Award at the ISSA Piatti show.
This article by Wessex Cleaning Equipment & Janitorial Supplies is for those who are interested in learning about the benefits of upgrading the cleaning operation by replacing mops and buckets with scrubber dryers.
Leicestershire-based B-Sure Installations, a leading NHS Hygiene dispenser installation company in the UK, has invested over £70k to launch a new waste management company, B-Sure Recycling. The new enterprise helps customers reach waste management targets by providing a complete collection and recycling service of all types of business waste.
"How we manage waste is a huge business concern for everyone across all sectors from schools, manufacturing, retail and healthcare," explains Ross Chambers, managing director, B-Sure Installations. "Reaching recycling targets through circular economy solutions is a significant part of environmental goals for companies today.
Mitie has been awarded two new multimillion pound contracts to deliver hard and soft facilities management services for National Grid. With an initial term of five years, and the option to extend for up to three more years, Mitie will provide FM services to over 260 sites across the UK, paying all those working on the contract at least the Real Living Wage.
National Grid is the owner of the UK's electricity network, using energy generated from wind farms and other power sources, and transporting it through pylons, overhead lines, cables and substations to power local networks, directly connecting British homes and businesses.
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