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A picture paints a thousand words… or does it?
If you're based in the UK, you're probably already aware of this since it’s been on the TV news as well as splashed all over our national newspapers, but if you're one of Cleanzine's tens of thousands of overseas readers here's a picture of what earlier this week was thought to be a huge pile of sub-standard, Covid-related Personal Protective Equipment that had been flytipped at a beauty spot in the Hampshire countryside.
My first thought upon seeing it, was: “Well at least it’s unused and not contaminated with bodily fluids and strewn about the countryside or streets, or floating around in our rivers, lakes and oceans,” but that’s not really the point, is it? I had to find out more…
Local council and Environment Agency investigators have since learned that the PPE was surplus to requirements and was simply being stored, (itemised and palleted) on the land – a caravan park - waiting to be turned into plastic bags or similar. So all perfectly legitimate then, (in this case, although the terms of the site's licence were being contravened).
I’m pleased that a use has been found for this unwanted PPE but am still concerned that very little seems to be being done to find out why so much taxpayers’ money was spent on the stuff globally, why so many orders went unfulfilled, why so much of what was delivered was substandard and why there was such a shortage of it when it was needed, yet so much of it is turning up in odd places now? All the right noises are, as usual, being made, but with them, very little progress as far as I can see…
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This Week's News
The European cleaning industry has been debating the case for daytime cleaning for years. And while in some countries this organisational model has been widely applied, others are only getting familiar with it. Can this model become a widespread solution for the industry of tomorrow?
What do we exactly mean by daytime cleaning? And what are its benefits and challenges?
Tennant UK has taken on three new starters to strengthen its sales team across both national and local accounts to keep up with its expanding customer roster.
A bus load of cleaners, carers and concierge workers, together with dozens of supporters, went on a whistle stop tour of five workplaces in which their colleagues were taking industrial action this week, at the start of three days of disruption involving seven groups of workers.
Large numbers of the workers picketed the offices of the Department for Education, publishing powerhouse Ogilvy, the London School of Economics and Sage Nursing home, also leafleting residents at West End Quays luxury apartments.
Dave Wheadon, CEO of BCC member the National Carpet Cleaners Association, Billy Russell, owner of Billy Russell Cleaning and Angela Gill, managing director of Bio-Productions, are among those who have met and lobbied MPs recently in support of the campaign.
Showcasing the latest products and innovations and providing engaging education, the event will offer numerous networking opportunities to help people grow their businesses and advance their careers.
The British Pest Control Association’s Member Award winners were announced at the World Pest Day Digital Forum on 6th June. Free to enter and open to all BPCA Members regardless of the size of the company or how long a business has been in BPCA membership, the Awards celebrate positive contributions made by members to the Association and the wider pest management sector.
A number of Awards were presented to winners of six different categories, as well as some highly commended entries. Some of the Awards were nominated by the membership, others were put forward by the BPCA Staff team.
Aldi's Bathgate distribution facility has successfully resolved a seagull infestation on its rooftop by implementing the Avix Autonomic Laser Bird Deterrent. The cutting-edge laser bird deterrent system, designed and manufactured by Bird Control Group, has provided a highly effective and innovative solution to Aldi's persistent challenge.
The facility's rooftop, housing 4,000 solar panels, had been plagued by seagulls nesting and fouling, resulting in various issues. Contractors refused to carry out essential work on the panels, and the dropping of items by the gulls caused significant damage. Moreover, the constant need for cleaning and the reduced solar panel energy output due to bird guano were incurring substantial costs.
Sodexo's Corporate Services' division has secured a four-year extension to its soft and hard FM contract with BAE Systems Munitions. The new contract has an estimated value of circa £16m over the four years.
Sodexo has been delivering services for BAE System's four Munitions locations since 2019. The 60-strong Sodexo team has developed a strong relationship at each of the four sites, Washington, Tyne & Wear; Radway Green, Crewe; Glascoed, near Usk in south Wales and Hexham in Northumberland.
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