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The UK Government announced this week that it will introduce a drinking bottle deposit return scheme, which will increase recycling and slash the amount of waste polluting our land and seas and thus cut the cost of cleaning it up. While I’m delighted at the news, I don’t understand why something wasn’t done about the problem sooner… UK consumers go through an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year, but more than three billion are incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute our streets, countryside and marine environment. It’s disgraceful, really, isn’t it?
A consultation on the best ways of introducing a scheme in England for single use drinks containers (whether plastic, glass or metal), will look at how such a scheme would work, alongside other measures to increase recycling rates. The Government says it wants to talk to the devolved administrations about the scope for working together and I hope a scheme covering the whole of the UK can be put in place, since consistency always makes it easier for the general public to follow the rules.
We know it works… When I was a child, we paid extra for drinks in glass bottles and many of us enjoyed a pocket money bonus by collecting discarded bottles and returning them to the supplier, who gave us whatever deposit had been paid. Nowadays of course, there are lots more bottles about, so the rewards could be pretty good! Schemes already operate in countries such as Denmark, Sweden (8p deposit) and Germany (22p deposit). Possible variants up for discussion include cash rewards for returning drinks containers without an upfront deposit having been paid, through, perhaps, a network of ‘reverse vending machines’, where you insert your plastic or glass bottle or can and the machine returns your money. Once a bottle is returned, businesses are then responsible for making sure they are effectively recycled – a move that has led to an impressive 97% recycling rate in Germany.
The consultation will sit alongside a package of wider reforms of the current packaging waste system, which will incentivise producers to take greater responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and to increase the amount of packaging they recycle. The Government has already introduced a scheme which has led to 9 billion fewer bags being distributed, while its plastic microbeads ban has been hailed as one of the world’s strongest bans. I hope it chooses something as successful for drinks bottles and that it works hard to tackle the over-use of plastic packaging too. It really can’t come a moment too soon.
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The new Premier Range of powerful and effective cleaning chemicals from Greyland has a palette that not only bursts with colour, but also packs a powerful cleaning punch!
The Premier Range includes Green-Maximum, a Biological Cleaner / Deodoriser for removing organic staining and to maintain a clean, odour free washroom;
Eight companies had been invited to the final after successfully getting through the 'Dragons Den' round earlier in the year. All were competing for the chance to win this inaugural industry award and the fabulous 3D glass trophy.
Having recently introduced the latest ePower ranges, including the brand new X7, Sebo's YouTube channel provides 'how to' guides for the new models. The guides focus on vacuum cleaner maintenance tips such as changing the filters, bags and brush rollers on different models.
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Diversey has this week introduced its IntelliLinen laundry dispenser powered by Diversey's Internet of Clean (IoC). The IntelliLinen system provides real-time and remote transparency of energy and water consumption, chemical accuracy, machine downtime and day-to-day operational costs to prevent costly disruptions and errors within laundry operations.
"Technology for laundry operations needs to evolve in order for businesses to improve productivity," says Hans de Ridder, vice president - global fabric care & laundry platform, Diversey.
Reinforcing its reputation as the global platform for every sector of the professional cleaning industry, Interclean Amsterdam - which takes place from 15th - 18th May 2018 - has announced it will be hosting a Facility Inspiration Event at this year's show.
The Facility Inspiration Event is a special daylong event organised by Interclean, with leading consultancy company ATIR. The event is dedicated to inspiring facilities managers to explore the opportunities available in implementing more efficient and environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions.
HRI Holdings, parent company to the Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning and N-Hance Wood Refinishing franchise businesses, announced this week the acquisition of Delta Disaster Services - an established and innovative restoration concept.
By utilising the growth strategy and support structures that have built its two home-grown franchise brands into bona fide industry leaders, HRI plans to capitalise on Delta Disaster Services' strong franchise model and competitive advantages to build the brand into a formidable national competitor in the restoration industry.
The contractor will also be delivering a number of associated services including waste management, washroom services, air care, periodic and high level glass cleaning and maritime control of the dock upon which the centre is built.
This is the first time the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), SEIU Healthcare and Unifor have come together to seek a negotiated agreement on behalf of 75,000 nurses, personal support workers, cleaners, porters, and administrative, dietary and trades staff at 160 Ontario hospitals.
Stepan Company has, through a subsidiary in Mexico, closed on the previously announced agreement with BASF Mexicana, to acquire its surfactant production facility in Ecatepec, Mexico and a portion of its associated surfactants business.
The facility is located close to Mexico City and has over 50,000 metric tons of capacity, 124,000 square footage of warehouse space, a large laboratory and office space.
Alpine Power Systems has launch its PowerMax fleet-certified, pre-owned & rental battery / charger range fleet solutions, with what it says is an unrivaled up-time guarantee and same-day shipping throughout the US. Applications include floorcare / cleaning machines, scissor lifts, industrial utility vehicles forklifts (Class I, II, III), automated guided vehicles, pallet trucks, tuggers and tow tractors.
Havering Council tells us that it has saved around £50,000 in fly-tip clean-up costs since December, as a result of having stamped out large-scale fly-tipping in the London borough's most notorious hotspots for organised rubbish dumpers.
Fly-tipping in the area has seen a major decline since a joint operation, involving officers from Havering and Newham Councils, Environment Agency, police and HMRC Officers, which targeted a site on Aveley Road in December.
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