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Nanopool's high-performance, multi-functional surface coatings are protecting buildings and industrial facilities and considerably reducing cleaning costs in Europe, the US and parts of Asia. The German manufacturer is now gearing up for what it says will be "massive" expansion in the Chinese market.
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A five-metre high Christmas tree, made from 600 reused green plastic bottles, is being lit-up over the holiday period in Bognor Regis town centre, to highlight recycling. I thought I'd help spread the word, to those who aren't likely to venture into Bognor anytime soon.
Like me, Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, believes it's striking. "The tree is such a delight to see; it's a really impressive sight especially when it's dark and lit up," she says.
"But it does make you think just how many bottles aren't getting the chance to be recycled into something new. In West Sussex, residents are recycling 59% of their plastic bottles which is great, but 41% still end up in the bin."
Deborah says that an estimated 166 million plastic bottles were recycled in West Sussex this year, out of a possible 262 million.
It's really not good enough, is it, when one considers the reports about the volume of plastics found in our rivers and oceans, and that which has made its way into the fish we eat and the water we drink?
And of course, West Sussex is just a tiny area, isn't it? Just imagine how many bottles are not recycled when they could be, throughout the UK... throughout the world... This is the fourth year the tree will be on display, previously having graced Crawley and Horsham. I think it would be a good idea for other councils to erect Christmas trees like this - or even trees made from other recyclables and litter, to help bring the message home that we need to treasure our environment.
Christmas has changed a lot since I was little, when everything was on a far smaller scale... Nowadays, for many, it's a time for excess... giving more gifts than are needed, spending way over budget, buying silly amounts of food and drink. The main result of excess, is waste.
Cleanzine will be back on 4th January. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it's a good one. Over the break and beyond, please buy responsibly (you can't recycle metallic or glittery wrapping paper), recycle all you can, and if you find you have more than you need, please share with others or donate it to a food bank or charity shop. Someone will love you for it!
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This Week's News
I am happy to announce that ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its ‘Interclean’ trade show partner, RAI, have renegotiated their agreement and arrived at a mutually beneficial resolution.
Key takeaways from this restructured agreement are:
Looking to meet increased demand, interclean Amsterdam has expanded the scope of the show for the second time - demonstrating its position as the world's biggest and most popular event for the professional cleaning industry.
Taking place from 15th - 18th May 2018 at RAI Amsterdam, Interclean Amsterdam has already expanded to accommodate 12 halls of manufacturers from across the full spectrum of the cleaning and hygiene industry. Now, it is growing again to add several new side events and segments - in particular a dedicated area for the On-Premise-Laundry (OPL) sector.
ABM, a facility services company since 1987, were delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards 30th Anniversary event on Friday 8th December.
This was the second time that a cleaning/FM company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of ABM, also in its 30th year, gaining a Platinum Award grade for 94% of its thirty-four entries and four national awards for Scotland. They were also awarded the new Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards for England in the External Contractor sector.
Twister, headquartered in Söderköping, Sweden, is the owner of Twister, a patented system for daily floor cleaning using floor pads impregnated with billions of microscopic diamonds which clean and polish the floor mechanically. A completely chemical-free system, it works with water only.
On Monday, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, unveiled the strategies and initiatives designed to create a vibrant, sustainable and professional environmental services industry, able to provide the services and solutions required to achieve Zero Waste and a clean environment.
More than 78,000 professionals and 1,700 companies in the cleaning and waste management sectors keep Singapore clean.
NSS Enterprises's innovative new ride-on scrubber is joystick controlled. The joystick control allows the operator to work in a very natural position; no steering wheel or standing required.
"Cost savings is fast becoming one of the key reasons businesses now adopt sustainability programs," says Stephen Ashkin, CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools. "Whether you run a small business or head a large corporation, sustainability can help reduce operating costs.
For example, ISSA's DEAL program, developed in partnership with Sustainability Dashboard Tools, helped 20 participating distributors collectively save more than $400,000 in one year by implementing simple sustainability initiatives.
As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Newton Medical Center (NMC) has partnered with Clorox Healthcare to bring advanced, ultraviolet light technology to the hospital's existing patient safety and infection-fighting protocols.
Four Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV Systems now complement NMC's comprehensive infection control plan, which combines manual surface disinfection with pathogen-killing UV technology.
This will mean that even more organisations can consider paying all of their contracted staff a wage that meets the cost of living. Recognised Service Providers also commit to paying the real Living Wage to all staff working for their core business.
A study from Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, has found that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the potential to drive major cultural changes in businesses worldwide.
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These are among the conclusions, relating to occupational ill-health, of annual health & safety statistics recently published by the Health & Safety Executive.
After a competitive procurement process, the Fulham Road Collaborative (FRC) has awarded a new five-year contract, worth more than £100m (842m DKK) over the contract term, to its existing provider, ISS Facility Services - Healthcare.
Under the leadership of managing director Geoff Davis and other key former members of the UK management team, some 50 jobs have already been reinstated, with a further 20 positions planned by mid-2018. Six production lines have been recommissioned to cope with initial orders, with another six lines scheduled for a January start.
CleanSafe Services' teams are now available 24 hours a day to respond to any urgent cleaning task the service needs its help with.
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