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Monarchist or republican, lover of a Royal family, abolitionist or somewhere in between, you have to admit that the British always stage a jolly good pageant – even in the pouring rain! With almost 30million TV viewers in the UK and US and coverage on other TV stations throughout much of the globe, the world’s eyes were focused on London last weekend for the coronation of Charles III and there was plenty to celebrate even for those who don’t support the idea of a monarchy. I loved the sheer diversity of the event, the mix of different cultures, national costumes and creeds – not just for the main event but also for the concert the following evening. I’d not planned to watch that bit but am so glad I did. When we all work together we can achieve great things, can’t we?
But onto the cleaning: I’m sure I wasn’t the only one cringing at the sight of the horse mess being dumped by the four-legged members of the parade… wondering about its effect on those following… Does it flick up onto the riders’ faces or uniforms or their horses? And what about what appeared to be rectangular patches of sand all over the place? To cover the horse mess or a last-minute attempt at reducing the impact of potholes on the incredible precision of those on parade, moving as one? I discovered after the event that this was a proven way of easing the path of the horses and ancient ceremonial carriages – particularly over the grates and on the bends. Clever idea! Still lots for the cleaning teams and volunteers to deal with though, (as if they didn’t have enough to do already).
As I’ve said here before, I took my girls, aged seven, to Diana’s funeral – not because I was a particular fan but because I wanted them to be a part of history. The streets were clean and remained so throughout, with everyone – well on Parliament Square opposite the Abbey, anyway – taking whatever rubbish they had, away with them when they left. What on earth has happened to us? According to the report further down the page on the coronation clean-up, more than 39 tonnes of additional recycling and refuse was collected from the area surrounding the much shorter route. Yes - 39 tonnes! And this was on top of the 650 tonnes collected on an average weekend. I’m dismayed… Well done to everyone involved – either paid or voluntary - in cleaning up other people’s mess that shouldn’t have been left there in the first place!
Something else well worthy of mention this week is Principle Cleaning’s announcement. My goodness, that warmed the cockles of my heart! See more, below…
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As London once again hosted the party of the year, Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, worked tirelessly over the coronation weekend to ensure that the city was clean and the streets were ready for the first coronation in 70 years.
As an estimated two million people gathered in London on Saturday for the coronation extravaganza, the Veolia team ensured that the streets were cleaned to grade A standard, and returned to the task two hours after the event. The 100 Veolia operatives and 30 vehicles, many of them electric zero emission and hybrid types, worked around the clock to ensure that everything was fit for the coronation.
The company, which was founded by Douglas Cooke in 1989, has secured its long term future, enabling it to continue building its legacy, whilst creating an effective platform for growth and retaining its position as one of the industry's leading independent businesses.
New research published in The Lancet reinforces the idea that handwashing outside of pandemic times is vital in order to reduce the burden of common colds and flu in low- and middle-income countries.
Handwashing with soap can reduce cases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by as much as 17%, according to the review published in The Lancet.
Initial Washroom Hygiene analysed over 80,000 Tripadvisor reviews for 200 hospitality venues across the UK, in order to understand the correlation between negative reviews relating to the smell and cleanliness of washroom toilets and overall star ratings.
A new process using injected nanobubbles has reduced surfactants by 50%, along with odour, at a California Water Resource Recovery Facility, while also reducing the need for chemicals.
While we do not hear about it much any longer, some facilities that have recently installed no-water urinals are encountering malodour issues. To explain what is likely happening and how to correct it, we must have a quick refresher on this topic.
AFFLINK, which started as a buying group network of jansan distributors 50 years ago, and known in the US as the ‘home for the independent’ distributor, has expanded. It now provides products and services for many other industry sectors, including packaging, healthcare, hospitality and government.
As a result of this expansion, it now has nearly 600 distributor-members throughout the US.
Having already welcomed new franchisee, Kuldeep Mahi, to its growing network in Q1 this year, domestic cleaning franchise, Poppies, is wasting no time in boosting its efforts to support franchisees through additional marketing and training opportunities.
As the 24-strong franchise network continues to benefit from high demand for industry-leading cleaning services, Poppies has proudly announced the relocation to a larger, more modern headquarters along with a state-of-the-art training facility for new starters.
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