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The majority of people living in England will have been aware for some time, that from this October, new legislation would require us – in most cases – to pay five pence for the single-use plastic bags we used to be given for free with our shopping. Some of us have used that time to get into the habit of taking our own bags out with us when we shop; others, judging by the figures, have used the time to stockpile as many bags as they could, to avoid paying for them when the legislation kicked in!
I’ve been supplying my own bags for years but I still sometimes get caught out when, having popped into a shop for just a couple of items, I end up impulse buying and thus need to temporarily ditch my shopping and run back to the car for my bags, rather than take those being offered and adding to the pile that’s been filling much of my boot for years.
If I can’t get it right after all these years, I realise it’s going to be difficult for novices, so I hope that those who do get caught out, pay for the bags with good grace. Marks & Spencer has been charging 5p for its bags for quite a while – and on the odd occasion I’ve had to buy one, having been tempted by too many extras while supposedly just picking up my lunchtime sandwich, it has pleased me that the money has gone to charity rather than into the company’s coffers. Just imagine how much could be raised for good causes if all other stores do the same!
There have been quite a few references to the new charges on social media, with some protestors posting pictures of themselves driving home with the store’s baskets that they’ve taken to avoid having to pay for a bag, and others arguing that plastic bags are more environmentally friendly than the reusable bags that will require regular washing. I know having to supply your own bags or pay for the plastic can be a bit of a pain but when you consider the eyesore plastic bags create when stuck in trees or hedges, or blowing about in the wind, and the problems they cause to wildlife and the environment generally, surely it’s worth the effort?
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This Week's News
Building on the success of the popular Eco range of chemical dilution systems, Brightwell Dispensers has expanded its product offering and developed EcoMulti, which offers a cost-effective way of diluting multiple chemicals from one dispenser.
“We recognised the emerging demand for dispensing solutions that can dilute multiple chemicals from the same system,” comments Matthew Dwelly, general manager of Brightwell Dispensers.
Speciality cleaning wipes expert Chicopee, has developed a new dispensing system which allows users to create tailor-made, single-use wet wipes.
A study of hundreds of leisure facilities by Bonasystems, the provider of specialist floor care products and services, has revealed that four-fifths (79%) of 'wet leisure' floor surfaces were not up to Health & Safety Executive standards used to prevent slips and trips and that incorrect cleaning - rather than floor specification - was a major cause of non-compliance.
Afidamp Servizi tells us that there are just a few stands remaining for Clean Middle East Pulire 2015, which is taking place from 2nd - 4th November at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, along with two pilot events - Gulf Laundrex & Linen Care and Gulf Car Wash & Car Care.
"The theme of the congress is, 'Building Service Contractors: Services to create rich life' and we will examine and discuss the value of the building service industry," says Takao Ichinohe, president of the WFBSC and the Japan Building Maintenance Association (pictured).
The Citymaster 1600, seen at last week's RWM Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, has been certified and recommended by Germany's Aktion Gesunder Rucken (Campaign for Healthy Backs) and the Association of German Back Therapy Centres.
The REN escalator cleaning system is a low cost, one-person operational device that can clean an escalator in as little as five minutes. The system does not require power as it utilises the escalator's propulsion to generate the cleaning action. Launched last month at the Thai Clean Expo, it made a big impact with visitors.
The seals remained in their Seal Cove home at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, while the team based at the Lanes depot in Newcastle carried out their work.
Twinkle Clean's new online booking system for end of tenancy cleaning in London is proving its worth, according to the company's founder, Robert Garritano, who says: "Our customers love it. We've been able to make savings on administrative costs and pass these savings on to our customers. It's taken our office staff some getting used to though as the phone doesn't ring as much now!"
One of the highlights of the calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day - held at Rudding Park in North Yorkshire - was a 'sell out', raising over £5,500 for the Chairman's charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.
21 teams took to the course, each supported with a professional from the Yorkshire PGA.
In addition, ABM's contract as the official cleaning services partner of Smoothie King Center, the home of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) New Orleans Pelicans, was also extended. SMG, a leading worldwide venue management group, manages operations at each venue.
Did you know that the average desktop has around 150 times more bacteria than your kitchen table? It's a horrible thought and with many of us now eating 'al desko' we need to remember to keep them clean.
Ten years ago, Durable UK launched its annual Computer Cleaning Month to highlight the importance of keeping the personal office environment free from bacteria and, during October, the company will once again be opening your eyes to the germs that lurk in your computer equipment.
Dozens of protesters have gathered at the University of Cape Town this week to show their support for cleaning staff whose work is outsourced - apparently to the cleaners' detriment.
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Though the market was affected by the economic downturn, it has benefited from increased standards in cleanliness demanded by key areas such as health and food hygiene.
Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.
The black-tie event attracted cleaning and facilities management professionals from across the industry who enjoyed a memorable evening, which saw 11 awards presented to those who had maintained exceptionally high standards via training and assessment throughout the year.
The UK market for non-domestic cleaning products, including equipment, materials and chemicals, has been largely flat in recent years and only modest growth is forecast for the 2015 - 2019 period, notes a new report into the UK contract cleaning market, which acknowledges that key trends in this sector include; increasing development of antibacterial products (in particular in the healthcare, food preparation and hospitality sectors), growth in the powered cleaning machine sector, greater focus on improving efficiency and increased automation of cleaning processes, and the increase in daytime cleaning.
A waste recycling firm has been sentenced after admitting safety failings related to a worker being killed at its premises in Batley, during a hearing in which the Court was told that that safety failings were systemic, with management failing to ensure that longstanding actions from risk assessments were implemented or that safe working practices for clearing blockages were put in place.
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