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I know I’m always moaning about the litter fouling our streets but a recent Keep Britain Tidy study shows that I’m justified in my whinging. It reveals that the direct cost of keeping our streets clean is almost £1billion a year – and that a significant part of this is attributable to removing litter – but it doesn’t take into account the indirect costs of litter… The Group reviewed everything from crime to punctures and wildfires and for each potential impact, evidence from around the world was used to extrapolate the potential cost to society.
For example, the contribution of litter to crime in England is estimated to cost up to £328million a year - based on evidence associated with litter as a causal factor in crime. Areas that are more littered are more likely to correlate with higher crime levels.
The material value of litter being lost to the economy was also investigated and if we recycled 50% of items littered in England it would have an economic value of at least £14.8million!
"It’s important that we understand how litter and poor local environmental quality can adversely impact on society and our economy,” says Keep Britain Tidy’s Phil Barton. “What this report shows is that the actual price we pay to clean up the rubbish is just the tip of the iceberg. More work is needed to fully understand the hidden cost of litter and there are gaps in our understanding, but what is clear is that the bill for litter in England is significantly more than the direct costs of keeping our streets clean.”
I believe what he’s saying is that rather than keep cutting street cleaning budgets, our councils should invest more in cleaning services, as this will not only reduce litter and the costs of cleaning it up but it will also reduce graffiti and other more serious crime that may also need cleaning up and which is costly to investigate. Further, it will improve recycling and increase recycling income - while cleaner, more inviting, crime-free streets will encourage tourists to visit and spend money.
I’ve often wondered why bins are emptied almost daily in some countries and it’s all finally starting to make sense…
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EUnited Cleaning, with the support of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E) is launching a campaign called the European Cleaning Days (ECD).
This campaign aims to highlight the importance and benefits of professional cleaning in places such as offices, hospitals, airports, train stations, etc and it will be starting in May 2015.
The International Facility Management Association's FM credential programme has earned accreditation and seven commendations from the American National Standards Institute. ANSI, which oversees thousands of standards and guidelines that directly impact businesses in a range of sectors, accredited IFMA for the Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credentials.
"Thousands of FM professionals from around the world have worked hard to earn professional credentials from IFMA because they appreciate the value of third-party recognition of their knowledge and skills," says IFMA Chair James P. Whittaker, P.E., CFM, CEFP, FRICS.
Antimicrobial agents seem ubiquitous these days, showing up in many of our everyday products - soaps, detergents, sprays, you name it. They are marketed to us as consumers and as professionals as safer and more protective than ordinary products.
Many of us think that we're less likely to get sick if we use 'antibacterial' soap and wash our hands often but are these products safer or are they making us sick?
As you leaf through the piles of proposals cluttering up your desk, the first question on your lips is probably: "How much will it cost?" When it comes to forking out for a commercial cleaning contract, cost is a big part of the decision making process... but it's not the only factor you should consider.
To help you with your decision, MAR Services has put together a list of questions you need to know the answers to:
The Business Services Association published a report yesterday - commissioned from Oxford Economics - setting out the economic contribution of the business services sector to the UK economy, at national, regional and constituency level.
The sector is made up of five categories - Facilities Management, Business Process Outsourcing, IT and digital services, construction services and front-line outsourced public services which accurately reflect the business services sector.
Here we take a look at the company to date, and discover what the future holds.
Brightwell Dispensers is a global designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dosing and dispensing systems. Created in 1947, the family company grew from its humble Newhaven origins as a manufacturer of industrial paste dispensers for hand washing and protection in production areas, to position itself at the forefront of the professional hygiene industry.
Rwanda's cleaning services sector is steadily improving and is slowly making its mark on the economy - and to ensure that it provides better services and becomes more professional, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority has brought in guidelines and in some cases regulations, reports Donah Mbabazi in The New Times.
It was the first full BCC meeting since changes were made to the secretariat and there were several items on the agenda - not least of which was the running of the secretariat. It was agreed that Pat Wherton (pictured), who has looked after the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers for several years, should continue to oversee the BCC's secretariat services for the next 12 months.
Ten years after the opening of the branch in Ningbo (China), Idrobase Group has opened a new company in Bangalore (India) and a production facility in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), with the aim of developing business in emerging markets. The group turnover amounted to over 10 million euro (75% of which came from exports).
During 2014, Idrobase Group kept introducing new products within its traditional core business, such as high pressure washers, spare parts and accessories, industrial and civil misting systems.
For 28 years, the Loo of the Year Awards have been the UK standard for 'away from home' toilets throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The unannounced inspections by trained and experienced awards inspectors are valued by cleaning and FM companies as a valuable and independent assessment of the standard of their service and recognition of their achievement.
New for 2015, entries are now invited from any washroom provider or contractor anywhere in the Republic of Ireland. There are 60 entry categories and a range of national awards for Ireland as well as eligibility for overall trophies as well.
Packaging solutions specialist, APPE, launched its latest aerosol product 'SprayPet Reveal', at the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum in Paris this week. SprayPet Reveal is a fully see-through aerosol solution providing complete product visibility and creating on-shelf impact.
The innovation is the result of a partnership between APPE and US-based Power Container Corp, a privately-owned developer and manufacturer of airless dispensing systems. SprayPet Reveal is the combination of APPE's transparent SprayPet container with Power Container Corp's Power Pouch dispensing system, the next generation bag-on-valve, which is also transparent.
Sunshine Cleaning Systems has been awarded the cleaning contract for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport - the eighth busiest airport in the US - for a second five year term, following a competitive bid process. The new contract term commenced this week and runs until the end of January 2018, with renewal options for 2019 and 2020.
Cleaning large scale, complex airports isn't new for Sunshine. The company cleans several other major airports including Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Palm Beach International and Tampa International, while CLT received the International Air Transport Associations Eagle Award for 'Best Airport' in 2010, which recognised the airport for its quality of service and economical value to airline customers.
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