Your industry news - first
Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The Cleanzine.
“Conversations around air pollution and the dangers and health risks attributed to it have been commonplace for several years now, with many regulations already in place to lessen its dangers. In comparison, its counterpart of indoor air quality is a largely under reported and under researched topic - until now.
The new ambassadors are:
* Mark Baker, Motivated House Cleaners, Paradise, Newfoundland
Welcome to the Cleanzine
My mind’s been boggling - mainly because the news had, until yesterday, somehow escaped me, but partly because of the issues it will likely solve. No more cut hands (and sometimes legs)! No more broken scissors, or frustration and sometimes even rage at my inability to access something I've bought, because it's been far too securely packaged. Thermoformed packs are a particular bugbear, since you can’t separate the hard plastic front from the cardboard backing & can’t break into the pack without finding and using a sharp implement. Go in too soft at the wrong angle, and this can slip off and cause injury. Go in too hard and you can damage the product. Cutting the pack is just as tough and you’re left with sharp bits that can’t be recycled. How manufacturers think they'll breed customer loyalty and win repeat business by making their products impossible to get to, is beyond me. Yet they still do it. And while I’m on the subject, why do supermarkets sell shrink-wrapped hard vegetables such as swede? Who shrink wraps them in the first place, and why?
Extended Producer Responsibility, which I’m just discovering, isn’t really about ending struggles with overly protective packaging though but about forcing people into thinking about the way they package their products and making sensible changes. I think it will help serve its stated purpose of encouraging a circular economy, since it effectively shifts the cost of recycling packaging, away from councils and onto those responsible for using it to package their products. ‘Hit them in the pocket’, if you like. I doubt that it will score the potential double whammy of reducing council tax bills too, (since it will also fully fund the recovery costs for the packaging waste collected) since the councils will find something else to spend the money on - but it's a start. That it’s creating yet more red tape for already overstretched businesses isn’t good, but I’m hoping that the benefits will come to outweigh the hassle. I expect that officials administering the scheme will struggle too, while also fighting challenges to the charges made, but, as the saying goes, that’s the price of progress.
There are different criteria for different sizes of companies and amount of packaging created and as the scheme progresses, ‘Eco Modulation’ will mean that harder-to-recycle packaging will attract higher fees. Great! And if the Government’s explanation, (at www.gov.uk/guidance/packaging-waste-prepare-for-extended-producer-responsibility) is too wordy, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has produced a handy guide, which you can access via the news further down the page.
You can also follow us on Twitter @cleanzine
This Week's News
In May Tennant UK made a donation of toys and arts and craft supplies for the children being cared for.
Global resource management company Veolia has launched a national vape collection service to help provide safe disposal and recycling routes for the three million vapes currently thrown away each week.
With over 143 million vapes thrown away each year, Veolia can now facilitate the collection and transport of vapes from retailers to a recycling facility to extract the valuable materials, including lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese inside.
Members of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association and others in the cleaning industry now have access to straightforward information on Extended Producer Responsibility, thanks to a new Fact Sheet, published by the CHSA.
EPR came into effect earlier this year. It means that producers of packaging which gets disposed of in the home setting are responsible for the cost of the recycling of the packaging once the product has been consumed.
Ana Ruth Morales-Garcia, custodian at Colorado College, has earned UMF|PerfectClean's first annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.
To help chemicals manufacturers and suppliers stay compliant and ease the pressures of compiling Safety Data Sheets, microbiological testing firm, MSL Solution Providers, has launched a new SDS subscription service.
Safety Data Sheets are essential for chemical products but require technical expertise and can be time-consuming to prepare. Providing information on chemical products, describing the hazards that the chemical presents, as well as giving information on handling, storage, and emergency measures in case of accident, they need reviewing regularly to ensure that they meet changing regulations.
Operations director at Barnsley-based Wolf Laundry, Emma Toas, has received the Most Influential Commercial Laundry Businesswoman 2023 (UK) Award in Acquisition International's Influential Businesswoman Awards.
The Influential Businesswoman Awards aim to showcase the most outstanding and inspiring businesswomen from around the world and Emma's award win is a true reflection of her hard work and driven determination.
Managing director of Lixall, Nick Atkinson puts the recent success down to the increased number of new customers gained following significant investment in its website and online purchase platform.
With its unique 3-in-1 design, this highly efficient charging system integrates a 3.3KW battery charger, a 500W DC-DC converter to power the vehicles' auxiliary loads, and an EV charging station interface. These key features, encased in a ruggedised IP67 design, provide OEMs with an attractive package for simplifying electrification of their off-road applications.
"No other 3.3KW charger on the market also includes a DC/DC converter for auxiliary DC loads and an EVSE charging interface in such a compact size," says Mourad Chergui, senior product manager with Delta-Q. "As we start full-scale production, we can begin to fulfil the substantial demand we received since we first announced the initial development."
The latest report is a follow on from the telescopic ladder market surveillance report undertaken by the Ladder Association in 2022, which found that over 80% of commercially-available telescopic ladders tested, failed to meet the minimum safety requirements designed to keep users safe. Worse still, this research found over half of the failed ladders were marked and sold as 'compliant' in a deliberate attempt to mislead buyers.
Hawksmoor is ranked in the 'World's Best Steak Restaurants' list (number two globally and the highest- ranked restaurant in Europe and North America). Never satisfied with sitting on its laurels, it has partnered with Advanced Bacterial Sciences' (ABS) revolutionary bacterial waste management treatment, URIZAP, to improve the washroom experience.
URIZAP is a highly effective, non-hazardous, powder-based treatment suitable for flushing and waterless urinals. A single 25g scoop of this world-first product contains billions of beneficial bacteria that digest and prevent the build-up of uric acid scale, eliminating odours naturally.
Said to be the UK's No1 eco cleaning chemical brand, Delphis Eco, has announced an exclusive, prestigious partnership with global retailer Fortnum & Mason, the home of extraordinary hampers, delicious food, and joy-giving gifts.
The partnership, which launched this month, sees Delphis Eco become an integral part of Fortnum & Mason's new purpose built Cookshop - a food and drink studio which is described as an 'experiential hub dedicated to food and drink' and which aims to showcase every corner of the culinary world, giving customers an immersive experience.
The Cleanzine Archive Search
We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The Cleanzine. If you would like to run a search of the The Cleanzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.
How to contact us at The Cleanzine:
REQUEST THE CLEANZINE HERE
The Cleanzine is broadcast
every Thursday. You may receive it FREE each week by
clicking the link above.
Our weekly updated Hospital Hygiene features current developments and product solutions cleaning and hygiene industry manufacturers are coming up with. Read More.
Recent UK News