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'Most plastic bottles today are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. Estimates are that about 500 billion PET plastic bottles, most made to contain beverages, are manufactured annually.
Changes to the organisation's governance model see the introduction of a non-executive rotating presidency elected among the members of the board, together with an executive director general.
"The world would like to forget Covid and return to normal like a pandemic never happened. And that's understandable. But we should not overcompensate and forget that bacteria, fungi, and viruses of myriad types are still with us and will continue to cause harm locally and occasionally globally.
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As you’re probably aware I’m not a fan of London’s upcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone expansion which will see anyone driving a non-compliant vehicle into Greater London (think anywhere inside the M25 and you won’t be too far off!) fined £12.50 every time they enter the zone. Actually, ‘not a fan’ doesn’t begin to describe my feelings if I’m honest and I’ve become pretty vocal about it on social media and in local protest groups. One argument that tends to get ULEZ supporters thinking twice is that those who need to carry the tools of their trade – such as window cleaners, carpet cleaners, delivery drivers and the like, cannot do so on public transport or on a pushbike and that if they’re driving a non-compliant vehicle, it’s likely that they can’t afford a newer one.
I won’t say that seeing the pictures this morning of some of Blackpool Council’s waste and environmental services team, (Enveco NW Environmental Services) posing proudly on their tricycles changed my mind, but it did teach me that there are sometimes exceptions to the rule. The tricycles (www.jorviktricycles.com) enable the team to easily navigate the coastline, shopping centre and high footfall areas more quickly and thus currently improve productivity in general street cleaning, litter picking, street sweeping and litter bin washing.
“For staff who don’t have a driver's license or where activities would have required a small van to carry out ordinary daily tasks, these tricycles provide a more flexible and versatile option than the traditional operative and barrow,” says Enveco’s operations director Jez Evans, who’s so impressed that he’s looking to expand the scheme across other grounds maintenance operations. “We’ve seen a boost in employee morale, particularly the manual sweeper operatives who now feel empowered to maintain their patch more efficiently without the restriction of how far they can walk in a shift. Using their own knowledge and experience will allow them to travel to litter hotspots more frequently throughout the working day.”
I’m wondering whether Blackpool, currently famed for its decorative ‘Blackpool Lights’ and the Tower Ballroom with its sea view and which features on Strictly Come Dancing, will one day be famed for its high-vis jacket-wearing street cleaning teams! I’m also keen to learn whether this increased productivity is constant throughout the day or whether it declines due to cycling fatigue...
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Elizabeth Turner, COO at ISS New Zealand, has returned to Australia to take up the position of director, people & culture for the Pacific region. In her previous role, Elizabeth played a pivotal role in driving organic growth and delivering exceptional results for the New Zealand business. Her expertise in commercial and operations excellence, combined with her dedication to empowering employees, makes her an ideal fit for the people & culture leadership position.
In almost every country around the world, mental wellbeing is considered to be the second-biggest casualty of the pandemic behind the economy. As such, it has never been more important for cleaning brands to champion their cleaners' mental health - not only to contribute their overall success and longevity, but to instil a culture of care and protection in the industry.
Here, Chris Wootton, managing director of domestic cleaning company, Poppies, which is represented on the British Cleaning Council through its membership of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, discusses why such services should prioritise addressing issues surrounding mental health and employee wellbeing in pursuit of improving the industry for jobseekers today.
About to take place for the 11th time (from 19th to 22nd September) after a four-year break, CMS 2023, the Berlin-held trade fair for the cleaning & hygiene sector, is as strong as ever, with bookings back to pre-Covid levels.
"We are very satisfied with the current booking levels and have already reached 80% of the record volume achieved in 2019,” notes Ruth Senitz, director of CMS Berlin. “That is remarkable, as it is the first in-person CMS since the pandemic.
Eco-friendly baby brand, Pura, has released the results of the first phase of its groundbreaking nappy recycling trial - in partnership with NappiCycle - revealing that 6.3 tonnes of waste was saved from landfill - the equivalent of 31,500 used nappies.
Thought to be first of its kind in England, the Pura NappiCycle trial, supported in an awareness driv by ASDA, launched in July 2022, and saw nappies and other absorbent hygiene product waste collected in Bristol then taken to South Wales for processing. This waste avoided landfill and incineration and was instead turned into useful materials such as engineered fibre for road surfaces, notice boards, panelling, insulation under laminate flooring.
Vispa EVO’s newly designed parabolic squeegee continuously follows the direction of the machine, but what makes this this one so special is its ability to dry backwards.
"Believe it or not, when female customers come to us inquiring about waterless urinals, they often ask us, shall we say, intimate questions about urinals," says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co., marketer of waterless urinals.
"This has become so common we have a name for these women: 'the ladies with the inquiring minds.' And after 32 years in the urinal business, we've heard about every question imaginable."
Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has forged an exciting new environmental collaboration with cleaning product manufacturer, SYR. This partnership will strengthen Jangro's Circular programme and help its customers go the extra mile for sustainability.
Jangro Circular is a new programme designed to reduce waste by keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible. As a manufacturer of plastic products, SYR also strives for a circular economy. Together, this collaboration enables customers to make more sustainable decisions when it comes to products that have come to the end of their lives.
Installed at the company's flagship Integrated Waste Management Facility in London’s Southwark, the telehandler will be used to load the incoming recyclable waste into the bag splitters of the Material Recovery Facility, which separates the different recyclable materials so they can be sent for reprocessing into new products.
Established in 2010, Green Facilities Management is an eco-friendly commercial cleaning company providing reliable and innovative cleaning services to a range of businesses such as offices and co-working spaces; retailers and restaurants; schools and education hubs, and museums and leisure centres.
Mitie has secured a two-year contract extension to provide total facilities management (TFM) services for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) sites in London and Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes. The contract extension is for two years and will start on 1st December 2023.
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