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Following broadcast of our last Cleanzine, which featured a Christmas tree made from used green plastic bottles, we started receiving reports that China's decision to stop importing plastic waste is already causing a build up at our recycling plants. In 2016, China processed almost two thirds of the UK's total waste and more than seven million tonnes of plastic waste in total - half of the world's recycled plastics. Its decision - which also includes mixed paper - will have a huge impact on our environment, unless we can massively increase the capacity of our local recycling industries.
Also over our break, Seas at Risk - an umbrella organisation of European environmental NGOs which promotes marine protection - and Eunomia, published a report on the scale of single-use plastic consumption in Europe. 'Single-use Plastics and the Marine Environment' represents the first attempt to create a picture of single-use plastic consumption in Europe based on consumption estimates for key items of waste: bottles, coffee cups and lids, drinking straws, takeaway packaging and cigarette butts. Its estimates indicate, for example, that the annual consumption of drinks bottles across the EU is around 46 billion.
The report also presents case studies of successful litter prevention initiatives and makes recommendations for how legislation can drive reductions in plastic consumption and so reduce marine plastic pollution and the need for landfill facilities. The recommendations include introducing reduction targets for a range of single-use plastic items (similar to those already in place for plastic bags), greater producer responsibility to cover both litter prevention and clean up, measures to mandate reusables at public events, and that data on the quantities of single-use plastic items on the market be made available to better facilitate reduction efforts. Eunomia was commissioned to support Seas at Risk in its efforts in petitioning European legislators to introduce ambitious policies that would help protect the marine environment.
As the report notes, if Europe were to drastically reduce its consumption of single-use plastic items - which are the most likely to be littered - then it would effectively eliminate a major source of marine pollution in all of its seas. And, in view of China's decision, it would also reduce what will soon become a recycling nightmare unless an alternative to shipping our waste half-way across the world can be adopted very quickly... it beggars belief that we were actually doing that in the first place... Happy New Year to you!
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Discussions over the two-day executive summit covered the role of green certification schemes, bio-based surfactants, sustainability & marketing developments, and green formulations.
A new league table showing the impact of overflowing bins in the UK's major metropolitan areas reveals that Londoners are hardest hit by the effects of problem waste.
More details of the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, have been announced by co-owner of the show, The British Cleaning Council.
Over the two-day event - being hosted at Event City in Manchester on April 11th and 12th 2018 - the BCC is already anticipating more visitors than the 2,300 which attended the first Manchester Cleaning Show in 2016.
A YouGov online survey of 2,012 British adults by Cannon Hygiene, highlights the huge importance people put on the cleanliness and upkeep of washrooms. It shows how dirty washrooms not only put Brits off returning to restaurants, but also encourages them to warn others about the unhygienic conditions. For example:
Selden Research, which specialises in the manufacture and delivery of professional cleaning and hygiene chemicals, is marking its 50th year with a new state-of-the-art warehouse greatly increasing capacity.
The firm, which employs 190 people at its headquarters in Buxton, Derbyshire, is also building new offices and a purpose-built canteen for staff.
RPC bpi recycled products has won a Green Apple Environment Award 2017 in recognition of its best practices - put in place over a number of years - which have resulted in the company achieving Valpak accreditation for 'Zero Waste to Landfill' across 75% of its sites.
Launched in 1994, The Green Organisation's Green Apple Award is an annual international competition that sets out to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice. Finalists appear in The Green Apple Directory which features the best practices of award winners and is available to companies across the world.
Clear and practical, each course is held at the company's national training academy in Chessington, Surrey, and includes face-to-face instruction and step-by-step demonstrations by dedicated Prochem trainers, enabling attendees to gain the knowledge and confidence to clean to the highest professional standards. A comprehensive reference manual is also provided with each course, as is a certificate.
The extended contract has the same scope as the existing contract. ISS will continue the full FM delivery to HPE's office and manufacturing facilities.
Manufacturer Lindhaus tells us: "No other vacuum cleaner includes the backpack (standard), the canister, the carpet cleaner and blower (optional) functions."
RNIB offers practical and emotional support to people who are losing their sight or are blind or partially sighted, helping them and their families face the future with confidence. The money raised by the CHSA will be used for the production of unabridged audiobooks to add to the charity's Talking Books library.
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