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When I trained as a journalist more years ago than I care to remember, it was drummed into me that those in my profession should report on the news – as it stood – and take care not to put our own slant on the story to suit our personal feelings or perhaps promote a hidden agenda.
It may be that times have changed since then… or perhaps I had better training than some… but I’ve well and truly joined the ranks of those that say: “You don’t want to believe everything you read in the papers/see on the news”.
This week for example, people have been up in arms about the BBC’s pro-EU stance perhaps having been ‘bought’ by grants from the EU itself (the journalists are now going to be trained in anti-bias or something!) while certain national newspapers - clearly campaigning for weekly household waste collections if we didn’t realise it before, are using the news that fly-tipping is on the increase to pretend that this is down to householders dumping the extra rubbish that won’t fit into their dustbins, out in the countryside.
The real news on that is below – and if you trouble yourself as I did, to click on the link to the report and read it for yourself, you’ll see that fly tipping incidences involving black plastic bags of the type most householders use for their waste, stood at 11% of the total in 2007/08 (when we had weekly collections) but have now decreased to 5% (with household waste only being collected fortnightly). Talk about bending the news to suit your agenda!
It takes the cleaning industry to lead the way on accurate reporting, with the press release accompanying the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s report, ‘The Invisible Workforce: employment practices in the cleaning sector’. The report, which had the input of many cleaning industry players, admits that while much of the industry is looking after the cleaning staff as it should, a great deal more needs to be done to bring the rest of the employers into line. Admitting that there’s a problem – and being honest about what it is – gives everyone a far better opportunity to do something to rectify it than they have if the problem’s been dishonestly reported, doesn’t it?
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This Week's News
One of the busiest streets in London has been transformed like never before, as The Chewing Gum Action Group launched its national campaign to reduce gum litter, transforming the dotted grey pavements on Oxford Street with brightly-coloured circles to highlight the significant amount of gum that is dropped.
As this short BBC video shows ( www.bbc.co.uk ) representatives took to Oxford Street to circle every single piece of discarded gum between the corner of John Prince's Street and Holles Street with water soluble fluorescent chalk, while witnessing the public reaction to the eye-catching measle-like patterns created across one of the busiest areas in London.
The American Cleaning Institute's 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry's progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI's first-ever industry 'materiality assessment', which maps the critical risks and opportunities facing its value chain.
Cleaning contractors and facilities managers looking to exploit innovative floor cleaning technology are the target for a new alliance between the UK's Denis Rawlins and Germany's Hefter Cleantech, which manufactures scrubber-dryers.
Hefter Cleantech has appointed Denis Rawlins - which has over 40 years' experience advising and supporting companies with their cleaning needs - to distribute and support its range of scrubber-dryers across the UK.
The latest UK Government reports into fly-tipping, published on Tuesday, show that despite the threat of more severe fines for those convicted of the illegal dumping of waste, the practise is on the increase, with the estimated cost of clearance to local authorities in England alone in 2014/15 nearly £50 million - an 11% increase on 2013/14.
A much-needed campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality & Human Rights Commission. It includes leading businesses, trade associations and trade unions.
The Commission convened the taskforce following publication of its report, 'The Invisible Workforce: employment practices in the cleaning sector', which set out the taskforce's findings on employment practices in the commercial cleaning sector in England, Scotland and Wales. For while some cleaners fare very well, others are having a miserable time...
Chewing gum is a huge problem - not just for local authorities, but for commercial property owners, transport companies and property management companies who are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of buildings, streets or commercial transport.
Matrix has invested significant development time over the last 10 years to come up with economical and efficient solutions to the problem of removing chewing gum which has resulted in a high quality range of specialist cleaning equipment developed with chewing gum removal in mind.
Georgia-Pacific Professional has, this week, introduced its new brand name - GP Pro - which, it says, "represents a multi-year strategy to aggressively invigorate GP Pro's innovation pipeline and an elevated customer focus on product portfolio".
GP Pro's focus on its customers includes these latest innovations:
Planet Clean is principally engaged in the sale and distribution of cleaning and hygiene supplies and equipment to a variety of customer markets including the healthcare, hospitality, food processing, government, buildings maintenance and industrial sectors. Revenue in 2014 was C$25.6 million.
Bosch Professional will be unveiling what it says is a groundbreaking range of heavy duty, battery-powered additions to its Professional garden portfolio at the Saltex exhibition (4th and 5th November at the NEC, Birmingham).
All products in the extended range offer a low vibration, low noise, low maintenance cost alternative to petrol-powered products and are likely to be a big hit with grounds maintenance crews.
Building maintenance company City Wide Franchise, has announced that it is the first franchise member of the ISSA. Through a special membership package, the company can now offer its franchise partners the opportunity to join the ISSA at a significantly discounted rate.
WRAP has announced its 2015 workshop programme for Local Authority waste & recycling officers in England. The workshops will take place in Birmingham city centre and the topics and dates are as follows:
* Approaches to Materials Sales - Wednesday 10th February 2016. This workshop aims to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to maximise the financial benefit obtained by their authorities for the dry recyclables collected as part of their provision of waste management services.
"We're very proud to raise money for charity and each year we pick a charity with which there is a personal connection for someone within the CHSA or one that is relatively small and so would really benefit from the support we can provide," explains Stephen Harrison, (pictured) chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.
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