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I was particularly taken by news this week (see more below) of a new project set up with the aim of recycling all plastics in Scotland – including those currently considered to be unrecyclable. The reason I found the news so inspirational was because it was only a few days previously that I’d learned that dumping plastic food packaging and bottles costs Scotland £11m annually.
That - by global standards - this relatively small and sparsely populated country should spend so much money disposing of these plastics, was a shock in itself, but when I considered what might be being wasted on plastics disposal globally I couldn’t help but wonder why this ‘anti-plastics’ campaign has taken so long to gain momentum.
In Scotland alone, over 20 million plastic bottles are left to litter the environment each year and households produce approximately 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste. Over 64,000 tonnes of plastic food packaging and plastic bottles is thrown into household general rubbish bins and sent to landfill every year. This means that on average, each household is binning 27Kg of food and drink plastics that could have been recycled. This plastic could have been worth £5.7 million if recycled, but instead costs Scotland and its local authorities, an estimated £5.3 million to send to landfill.
Just imagine these figures on a global level!
Why are our supermarkets and other retailers still using so much plastic? Why did I have to break into the packaging protecting my new computer mouse this week, using scissors and a knife, cutting myself and almost taking an eye out in the process? Why can I choose individual bananas in the supermarket, but have to buy bell peppers in packets of three (one of each ‘traffic light’ colour, when my family doesn’t really like the green ones)? Why aren’t we charging 50p per single-use plastic bag, rather than the usual 5p or 10p?
Considering that a third of the plastic packaging we use globally escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our streets, blocking our drains, polluting our environment on land and in the sea, surely we should be doing more to prevent its use?
I do hope this project in Scotland is successful and ends up being adopted in other countries, but in the meantime, we should really be finding ways to reduce the unnecessary use of so much plastic, don’t you think?
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This Week's News
ISSA has announced the appointment of Frances Ball, as the new business development manager UK and Ireland. Frances, whose appointment reflects ISSA initiatives to continue to build its presence in Europe, will be responsible for further expanding the ISSA's reach in the UK and Ireland and help companies in the cleaning industry to thrive.
Based in Nottingham, she will be closely working with the EMEA programme development team in charge of education and certification.
She will be one of a team of experts from a diverse range of industries that will review and mark all the entries, which are submitted by companies from all around the world. Judging takes place in August and Awards ceremony is held at The House of Commons in November.
The DVGW is the largest gas and water industry certification body in Europe and a certificate from the organisation is a great achievement as it has very stringent testing procedures and regulations.
Not available from any other UK cleaning chemicals manufacturer, both trigger spray bottles and jerry cans used by Greyland Chemicals are now produced using recycled material.
Wecoline has launched an environmentally-friendly range of biobased nonwoven cloths. Available in four colours, the cloths are made from a combination of PLA and viscose, which makes them ideal for fitting in with a Corporate Social Responsibility cleaning policy.
PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) is an environmentally-friendly material, made from organic resources such as sugars from food crops (corn, sugar beet, sugar cane) and wheat or cellulose.
This latest addition to the Skanwear range adds a further level of convenience for employers keen to ensure employee safety while also championing their own brand.
A new study proves that enhanced terminal room disinfection with Tru-D SmartUVC leads to a decrease in risk of acquisition of targeted multidrug-resistant organisms such as C. diff and VRE for all patients, hospital-wide.
The study, 'Effectiveness of targeted enhanced terminal room disinfection on hospital-wide acquisition and infection with multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile: a secondary analysis of a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial with crossover design (BETR Disinfection)', which was recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, discusses the prescribed secondary analysis of the BETR-D randomized clinical trial.
Funding of over £3m has been announced for four projects comprising a groundbreaking new plastics recycling partnership, Project Beacon, which has the potential to recycle all plastics in Scotland and beyond - even those that currently can't be recycled.
Project Beacon, at Binn Farm in Perthshire, is lighting the way to a circular world of complete plastics recycling thanks to new technologies and an innovative integrated approach, and is backed by £1.7m from Zero Waste Scotland's Circular Economy Investment Fund (with around another £1.7m leveraged form the private sector) - supported by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
Hearty congratulations to Phil Smith, who has taken up a new role as group sales director at Templewood Services/LCC Support Services. An experienced sales & marketing director with over 25 years' experience, Phil boasts some impressive cleaning industry credentials...
A Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, Phil is also a committee member for the British Institute of Cleaning Science's London & Home Counties region, part of the Service Provider Leadership Group of the Living Wage Foundation, a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and chairman of the cleaning industry networking organisation, the Hill Club.
Historic Stowe - an independent school housed in a former ducal palace and set within 750 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in Buckinghamshire, has had its floor cleaning processes streamlined thanks to its use of Truvox Multiwash machines.
The school's founders saved the magnificent 18th century buildings - the former seat of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos - from demolition in 1922. Since its opening the following year, Stowe School has expanded - through restoration of the old and construction of new buildings, including art and music schools, a sports hall and indoor swimming pool.
A free best practice sustainability guide, highlighting both the challenges to and opportunities for the green transformation of businesses, has been launched by Julius Rutherfoord & Co. Entitled 'A Secure Approach to Workplace Sustainability', the guide highlights practical, green measures and includes a checklist for how businesses can reduce their environmental impact.
The London specialist in secure commercial cleaning is making the guide freely available on its website, as the importance of sustainable actions and minimising the amount of materials that end up in landfill or polluting our oceans is becoming more paramount to everyone.
Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, together with their guests, raised £8,400 at the Association's Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, The Royal National Institute for Blind People.
The Annual Gala Ball, held this year at The Belfry in the West Midlands, is a wonderful way for members to come together. Alongside the sumptuous dinner, the evening was packed with entertainment including Del Boy wheeling and dealing amongst the guests, close-up magicians, live band (The Choice) and dancing.
TC Facilities Management joined centre manager, Ailsa Fraser, and other members of the Eden Walk team at an awards lunch to mark its achievement of attaining the British Land Customer Service Silver standard. The awards were held in London last month where more than 300 people were in attendance.
The British Land Customer Service awards were first introduced in 2016 after the national roll out of its Customer Service Standards across its complete retail, office and development portfolio covering 25m sq.ft of floor space across the UK.
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