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It takes a lot to make me cross, but sat in a long queue of cars with a boot-full of garden waste needing to be dumped at my local civic amenity tip, is not a way I like to spend a hot sunny day. I’d not expected it to be busy either, since it was late morning, mid-week… most people would have been at work.
The hold-up was partly caused because of the stringent checks made by the ‘gate-man’ to ensure we were indeed locals and that we were not dumping waste that we shouldn’t be. I can recall thinking that I’d had an easier time getting into some of the old Eastern bloc countries before Perestroika… It turned out that as well as the checks, he was handing out leaflets about a public consultation on reducing the tip’s opening hours.
The idea is, that the tip is shut completely for two days a week and that opening hours are further reduced. Other, smaller Surrey tips are earmarked for closure, meaning more people than ever, are going to be trying to dump waste at my local tip, which is to have its open hours drastically cut.
It used to be open until 20:00 in Summer. It was open every day apart from Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Now it shuts at 16:00. Who amongst us (who doesn’t work from home) can join the queue that early in the day?
So – more traffic travelling further across the county, polluting our environment, and more time spent by residents sitting in queues, hoping they’ll get to the front before the gates are shut. Oh yes – and more illegal dumping, blighting our countryside.
And this is happening all over the country, as councils try to reduce costs…
I spoke to one of the workers inside the dump who said everyone was worried for their jobs. Yes, there was a likelihood that they’d be redeployed but no-one was sure and many were sick with worry.
As usually happens, I lost the leaflet explaining the changes and with it the web address I need to visit to be able to comment on the proposals, but thought I’d be able to easily find the consultation on the council’s website.
OK, I’ve only spent a few minutes looking for it but I’m yet to uncover it. I wonder why?
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This Week's News
The 'circular economy' is a concept which challenges organisations to rethink how their resources are managed to create financial, environmental and social benefits.
Register for the 22nd World Federation of Building Service Contractors Congress - the world's leading conference for the cleaning sector - before 27th July, and you'll enjoy a preferential rate. The event, which is being held in Berlin for the first time, will cost early registrants 1,200 euros (incl. 19 % VAT), and 550 euros (incl. 19 % VAT) per person for those accompanying them. Those missing the deadline will pay 1,500 and 600 euros respectively.
Arrow Solutions was praised for the performance of its cleaning solutions, its manufacturing facilities and its health & safety track record during a high profile visit from the Industrial Cleaning Association of China.
The new I-Con glove system not only protects workers' hands against the most common chemicals and substances found in contract cleaning but also helps prevent contact contamination from bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and vaccines that may be encountered.
Vectair System's flagship environmentally-friendly and non-aerosol aircare product V-Air Solid has been awarded the latest internationally recognised standard for demonstrating low carbon credentials.
V-Air Solid is now 'Carbon Footprint Approved' after being CO2e assessed to the latest Carbon Footprint Standard 2017.
Audax Private Equity, along with Kevin Jackson, CEO and founder of EnviroVac, and the EnviroVac Management team, have acquired EnviroVac, provider of mission-critical cleaning and maintenance services.
Falls from height have been brought to our attention again with the news that national bread maker Warburtons has been fined £2million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall.
Late in 2013, Andrew Sears was cleaning one of the mixing machines at the Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two-meters.
As Nan Hua Primary School celebrated Earth Day and No Cleaners Day on at the end of May, the Restroom Association Singapore joined other organisations including the National Environment Agency to set up a booth exhibition showcasing a student game project under its Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms (STAR) Awards Programme.
With Summer storm season just beginning in parts of the US & well underway in much of Europe, Cintas Corporation offers retailers a checklist to help limit downtime following a severe storm.
To slate their thirst and refresh themselves, attendees will head for the iconic Principal Hotel's basement pub, converted by the headline sponsor into 'The Salisbury Arms' for the duration of the event.
OCS has been working with Goodrich Actuation Systems since 2011 to deliver facilities services at the company's five UK sites.
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