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You may recall that in last week’s issue I was grumbling about litter, arguing that people need to be discouraged from dropping litter and that if they won’t refrain, they need to be taught a lesson. I applauded the Government’s decision to increase litter fines but expressed concern about 'jobsworths' fining people who aren’t really dropping litter – for example those who’ve accidentally dropped money shouldn’t be fined (although some have been!) because anyone dropping money has clearly dropped it by accident.
A reader picked up on those comments and told me about a company that works across a number of local authorities and supposedly issues more than 100 fines a day – often for trivial offences.
Kingdom Security apparently made a pre-tax profit last year of £2 million. And while they are doing a good job overall at reducing litter, they are said to have issued penalty notices for offences that will, by most, be considered unfair – such as for feeding the ducks in the park!
Many members of the public are angry that private companies are profiting hugely from our misdemeanours, rather than the money simply going to the councils themselves – much like hospital parking, where because the car parks have been sold off or leased out, the private companies that run them profit from our parking costs, rather than the NHS.
Also, there is a real concern that the litter officers pick on soft targets instead of concentrating on real litterers. Another issue is that (I am told) when people refuse to pay their fines, it’s down to the council to pursue them – a costly exercise and if unsuccessful, even more so, as the councils have to pay the litter companies a fee whether the fine is paid or not.
It occurred to me that there’s mileage to be gained from encouraging some of the more able bodied members of the unemployed public to take on the role of litter wardens. That way they’ll be off of benefits and earning money. Plus the profits – after wages have been paid – will go to the local authorities, rather than the private companies.
What do you think?
One more thing… The Cleaning & Support Services Association is relaunching this coming Monday in London. If you want to be one of the new ‘founding members’, contact John Findlater at E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jeremy Paxman, speaking in Solihull at the FPA annual Environment Seminar, set the tone for the litter agenda in 2016 by calling on the whole supply chain to take action to tackle the UK's litter crisis or face legislative action.
The ex-BBC Newsnight anchor, speaking in his capacity as patron of the litter campaigning organisation Clean Up Britain (CLUB) said that the UK is at a tipping point in attitudes to litter and that businesses need to collaborate to take action and tackle the problem.
V-Air Solid, an environmentally-friendly, non-aerosol air freshener from Vectair Systems, has won the 'Best Innovation Award' in the Washroom Hygiene category in the 2016 Clean India Awards - its fourth award since its launch a year ago.
A panel of eight judges, including purchasing director of Reliance Industries & executive housekeeper of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, chose V-Air Solid as the most innovative product for its simplicity, use of new technology and its strong environmental credentials, amongst other factors.
These materials provide unprecedented antimicrobial activity at low cost. Safe for humans and the environment, they are believed to be markedly more effective than products now marketed to combat bacteria (Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Mycobacteria and E. coli), viruses, moulds and yeasts.
A few years ago, I wrote an analysis of the facilities management sector as a whole and at that stage my feelings were that the market was still clearly separated into two distinct areas: in-house (corporate management) and outsourced (third party). In my view, the FM market is much more blurred in certain respects and, as such, success requires an ever increasingly diverse range of skills, education and attributes.
This blurring of boundaries can be partly attributed to the fact that directly employed corporate FM roles within departments have been increasingly marginalised. These have been replaced by the outsourced third parties who have been continuously forced to improve their services and speed of delivery to the market (due to increase in competition and client demands); they have become sophisticated in most cases, and costs have been reduced and services improved.
Lindhaus argues that the periodic cleaning of mattresses is absolutely necessary to prevent the formation of bacteria that can cause allergies and dermatitis.
Carrying more than one million passengers and 200,000 passenger vehicles annually, Poole-based Condor Ferries operates a year-round service connecting the UK, the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey and the ports of St Malo and Cherbourg in France.
Mike Mustill, hotel services operations manager, Condor Ferries, called in Kevin Day at Prochem Europe distributor CJS Portsmouth to find a more robust, powerful and faster clean than they were currently achieving.
Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene products in the Middle East, has signed a strategic new partnership with tissue paper converting company, Carind Tissue, whereby Dhofar will be the exclusive distributor of Carind's tissue products in Qatar and the rest of the GCC region.
The two companies have worked closely together since 2007 and their mutual goals and visions for the cleaning and hygiene industry have led to this new, exclusive distributorship agreement.
The Health & Safety Laboratory's new Machinery Directive course is being held on 24th February 2016 in Buxton, Derbyshire. It will give delegates a thorough understanding of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2009 legislation, (as revised) as well as the key current European and International safety standards that support the Regulations.
Delegates will also be shown how to build a technical file and have the opportunity to practice assessing conformity to the essential health & safety requirements. The purpose and content of a declaration of conformity and incorporation will be explained, along with when to use which.
The Car Laundry, a chain of professional car care and detailing service outlets across India offering affordable detailing services, has launched its first car care, washing and detailing exclusive store in Bengaluru.
The Car Laundry franchisee outlets are also operational in Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain, Sagar, Raipur, Bilaspur and Mysore and are shortly going to launch in other major cities and towns across India.
A number of sources are reporting that a Sudanese migrant has been tricked into cleaning a branch of McDonalds, in Basel, Switzerland, without being paid.
'Yusef' had allegedly been cleaning non-stop for 40 days without pay - and without breaks - having been told that he would need to work for free if he was to qualify for a residency permit, after which he would properly join the ranks of his fellow cleaning staff and be paid for his efforts.
"Murphy's Law states that if anything is to go wrong, then it will happen at the most inconvenient time. It also states that when this happens it will usually be mega expensive and the inconvenience will last for days, if not weeks.
For us carpet cleaners, one of the things that we dread most is a machine breakdown, and this was brought home to me last month when my portable extraction machine had its annual service at the manufacturer's works.
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Hi Jan, As a regular reader of your excellent publication, I appreciate the publicity you give to matters relating to the provision and cleanliness of 'away from home' toilets.
I started campaigning on this issue many years ago. In 1985 I founded All Mod Cons, which became The British Toilet Association in 1999. I quietly contribute to various influential documents, e.g. I participated in the Global Guidelines for Practical Public Toilet Design in 2011.
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