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SCA has announced that it is to discontinue its hygiene business in India. Four years after entering the Indian market, the company's conclusion is that profitability cannot be achieved within a reasonable timeframe.
By Michael Ojo, country director, WaterAid Nigeria
In so many ways, Nigeria is a study in contrasts. An ambitious middle-income country and Africa's largest economy, it also struggles to provide some of the most basic of services to its residents. An estimated one-third of Nigerians do not have access to clean water, and two-thirds do not have safe private toilets. And one in three healthcare facilities does not have access to water, according to a WHO landscape survey.
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What's happening to our recycling services? My local authority is one of the better ones but I had a rant in this column last year, about how it and other councils were introducing charges for items such as bathroom ceramics - and that opening hours were being stupidly cut, with many facilities only being accessible to working residents at weekends, causing hour-plus long queues.
I warned that both changes would lead to fly-tipping. You know what a pain it is to take things to the tip... items can get wet before you load them into your car; you might have a rusty BBQ, muddy garden tools or snail-ridden cuttings, or you may have wrestled a mattress onto the roof and taken ages to secure it, then sat in a queue for hours...
I hate visiting the tip, which is why I collected three carrier bags of silver foil before deciding it was time to recycle it. Working from home, I can go when it's quiet and I drove straight in via the high gates, only to be stopped by a new barrier halfway along the access road (wonder how much that cost us?) where I was ignored while the attendant continued his paperwork. Eventually, he looked up and asked me for I.D. I referred him to the facility's sticker on my car, showing I lived locally. He told me I needed a new one for 2017. News to me and there's nothing on the website...
Luckily my daughter had I.D. so we were allowed in; had she not had it, I'd have been turned away - and had I already queued for ages, I'd have been furious! The staff told me there's no longer a demand for my carefully washed foil and said to put it with scrap metal; previously I'd been told to throw a car-full of cardboard into 'general rubbish', as the cardboard skip was full. Both times I returned home past queuing recyclers with what I'd tried to dump, wondering why I bother to recycle. Those without I.D. may have fly-tipped. If we're to be encouraged to recycle, there has to be better communication and service. Dumps need to open a couple of evenings for residents who can't visit before 16:00 and don't wish to queue at weekends.
We also need to know that what we recycle, is valued.
And tell me please, who collects silver foil?
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This Week's News
The European Parliament's environment committee voted on Tuesday to amend a European Commission proposal on waste management, (the 'waste package') which is a priority for the EU for this year. In previous resolutions the EP had called for more ambitious targets. This vote was the first step towards entering negotiations with the Commission and European Council.
Technavio's new procurement market intelligence report on the global janitorial cleaning services market from 2017-2021, reveals that the global janitorial cleaning services market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2017 - 2021. This growth is being driven by the demand from private and public sector companies, as outsourcing helps them reduce management complexities while procuring high-quality services.
We've all heard of the phrase 'good bacteria' and with a growing number of probiotic cleaners entering the facilities management industry, can these products offer a beneficial and cost-effective alternative to current chemical cleaners?
There are just five days to go before the curtain comes down on your chance to enter the CSSA UK Contract Cleaning Awards 2017.
Forget customer testimonials as a point of reference, (let's face it no-one ever offers a poor testimonial). If you need to provide a point of difference then "awards" is a fantastic way to do it.
According to public health officials, there are three primary ways that food in restaurants and food processing facilities can become contaminated and unsafe to consume. These are:
1. Biological: unhealthy microorganisms in the food
This year's main UK cleaning industry event, the Cleaning Show 2017, returns to London - as does Greyland, now established over nearly 20 years as one of the country's leading cleaning chemical manufacturers.
Offering a comprehensive range of products for the janitorial distributor, Greyland has gained a first class reputation for exceptional value for money, clearly and descriptively labelled, and supplied to the distributor in the fastest turnaround times from order to delivery in the industry.
To the uninitiated, the manufacture of refuse sacks may seem straightforward. However, for those with a mission to develop the strongest, most cost-effective product from recycled polythene, innovation is essential.
Three decades ago, recycling was a niche activity. The first bottle bank had only just been launched and, although green advocates eagerly separated paper for recycling, even the most ardent recyclers - scrap metal merchants, were yet to think of themselves as part of a vibrant, budding new movement... the recycling industry.
Mission Hospital, a Californian-based member of the US St. Joseph Hoag Health network, has added a new layer of proactive protection against the spread of infections in its facility. In addition to stringent manual cleaning processes by the facility's environmental care services (EVS) team, it has adopted Tru-D SmartUVC, a UV disinfection robot, to provide terminal room disinfection once the EVS staff performs manual cleaning protocols.
Innovation, reliability and flexibility: Depueco tells us that its latest vacuuming innovation - the DF Series, has been designed to reflect the needs of a fast changing market, with the main target being to provide a wide range of quality products - along with solutions, for all the main specific requirements of any sort of specific working applications.
The DF series is equipped with a backward impeller fan that allows more than 1000cu.m/hr of air. For free standing installation or directly connected to the working machines, it allows users to vacuum aluminium and metal shavings as well as all kind of dusts.
Derichebourg Canada Environment continues expanding its presence in Montreal as it was recently awarded two new recycling collection contracts with the L'Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève and Le Sud-Ouest boroughs. This is the family company's second contract in Le Sud-Ouest, as it has been collecting food waste there since May 2016. Both contracts will take effect on 1st April, 2017.
The incumbent cleaning provider since 2006, JPC starts a new contract this November for a further three-year period after a successful retender to site management company, Enjoy-Work.
Battersea-based Julius Rutherfoord had a successful evening at the Wandsworth Business Awards in December, taking home the Training & Development award, as well as being Highly Commended in the Best Customer Service and Best Green Business categories.
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Recent UK News
The 10 most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the UK National Minimum Wage were revealed yesterday by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The announcement is part of a £1.7 million UK Government awareness campaign designed to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum, ahead of the National Minimum and National Living Wages rising on 1st April.
The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an enquiry into the future of environmental law and policy following the UK's vote to leave the EU, which will focus on the future of the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
It will consider the possible impacts on environmental protection, public safety and the UK chemicals industry and submissions must be received by 18:00 on 20th January.
"Biohazard and trauma cleaning are governed by stringent regulations and health & safety guidelines. This isn't a matter of unnecessary bureaucracy; as dramatic as it sounds, it can save lives.
According to a new report commissioned by Amicus Commercial Finance, well over half (61%) of invoices issued by UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) remain unpaid within the debtor day period. Of these, almost three-quarters (70%) of firms say they rely on getting paid during their debtor day period to avoid facing a shortage of working capital.
The research shows that one in six (16%) SME invoices remains unpaid after 90 days and of these, almost half (7%) have yet to be settled after six months.
Each less than two minutes long, the videos include 'How to calculate the specification for your refuse sack', 'How to calculate the correct size liner for a square or rectangular bin', 'How to calculate the correct size liner for a circular bin' and 'How to perform a drop test in accordance with the CHSA Plastic Refuse Sack Manufacturing Standard'.
"Anyone responsible for managing a premises will know how important the cleaning schedule, process and choice of products is. Cleaning products contain chemicals that allow them to do an effective job, but they can be potentially harmful to members of the public and the staff that use them.
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions - but the key is in knowing the best methods. Slips and trips can happen for a number of reasons, but all too frequently people jump to conclusions about why they happen rather than looking for the true cause, or assume that it is 'just one of those things' and do nothing.
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