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The study, led by Prof. Dr. Ing. Karsten Kluth, involved the ergonomic evaluation of floor cleaning systems to determine what - if any - stresses and strains were caused to cleaning personnel, through the various cleaning systems' different designs.
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Ocean cleanup company, 4ocean, has unveiled its latest recovery vessel, a 135-foot ship that will join the fleet in gathering plastic and other debris accumulating in estuaries and coastlines globally, as well as responding to emergencies. It contains an excavator barge, marsh excavator, fast landing craft and a new design of collection booms that can be laid out in petal fashion to increase coverage while having access to the beach too. The marsh excavator comprises a long reach excavator and set of swamp tracks to work on soft soil to remove and separate plastics from mud.
The logistics of trying to manoeuvre large equipment complicates cleanup, so the fleet includes small 'panga' vessels which hold four to five 'supersacks' carrying 1,500 pounds of plastic. The larger Ocean Plastic Recover Vessel can bring in 310,000 pounds in one trip alone.
"Our mission with the new vessel is to attack shoreline plastic simultaneously while booms are collecting plastic debris," said 4ocean co-founders Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper. "We will also be handling reclamation projects in large areas to clean up oceans and river deltas. Our new Bobcat excavator uses a custom claw and hook on the front with teeth to leave behind dirt and only grab plastic. Our job is to collect as much plastic as possible, clean up the areas, install booms and employ locals to service and maintain the booms long-term."
Since launching in January 2017, 4ocean has pulled over two million pounds of plastic and other debris from our ocean and coastlines. Its efforts are completely funded through the sale of recycled bracelets and sustainability products, where every item purchased funds the removal of at least one pound of rubbish. By creating jobs, utilising the latest technology and raising awareness about the impact of ocean rubbish, the company's building the first economy for ocean plastic and creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for us.
Christmas is coming and the bracelets, which come in several colours (www.4ocean.com ), will make a great 'stocking filler'. And as well as helping support this great initiative, they will serve as a reminder to us all, that we need to create less rubbish and dispose of our waste sensibly.
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"Making the public and companies aware that they have a legal duty of care to ensure their rubbish/rubble/waste material is disposed of by a licensed operator who's issued a waste transfer certificate, should be undertaken by local authorities and groups like Keep Britain Tidy. Very heavy fines can be handed down by the Courts for those caught, who don't comply.
Of course, the cowboy rubbish collectors and fly tippers should be fined too, but they will hopefully reduce in numbers if rubbish owners act legally and responsibly.
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), the independent, not-for-profit, educational, science and research organisation which covers the worldwide professional cleaning, facilities and building maintenance, janitorial supply and disaster restoration industries, says its newly updated Science Advisory Council consists of a virtual who's who of leading scientists and researchers serving the industries. The SAC comprises:
The week saw the launch of Recycle Now's Do/Does campaign which was delivered through a huge social media and 'out-of-home' advertising campaign on over 350 JC Decaux sites around England and Northern Ireland. The campaign featured a national tour of a big 'WE DO' sign, showing that 'We Do' recycle. This ties in with Recycle Now's new normative messaging approach to change recycling behaviours.
Couple the Lb4 l-ion backpack vacuum cleaner and the new p30 universal nozzle from Italian manufacturer Lindhaus and you have a winning combination ideal for cleaning in awkward set-ups such as classrooms and lecture theatres, on aircraft and other public transport, and in entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and stadia.
The equipment enables cleaners to move quickly along aisles and around seats, allowing them to collect debris such as popcorn and sweet wrappers up to 15mm in size, with ease.
At a glittering ceremony, with keynote speaker Sir Tim Smit KBE = co-founder of the Eden Project - encouraging the audience to redouble efforts to inspire others to reduce their carbon footprint and develop more sustainable businesses, Clarity-The Soap Co was acknowledged as a social enterprise that is setting best practice in its sector and beyond for reducing its carbon footprint via a series of green initiatives.
Kennedy Hygiene's dispensers and consumables accommodate every hygiene need, including commercial and industrial, high and low traffic environments. Contemporary and elegant, its dispensers are complemented by environmentally-friendly consumables.
The automatic range includes hand washing and sanitising dispensers, fully programmable air fresheners and feminine hygiene bins. Based on infra-red proximity technology and hand activated sensors, the products provide optimal hygienic solutions for washroom users as well as those whose job it is to clean the washrooms and replenish the stocks of disposables.
Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has retained its contract with Real Estate Management (UK) (REM) for three of its properties - The Shard, Park House, Oxford Street, and 48 Pall Mall.
The new five-year deal will see Principle, which began working with REM in 2012, involved in some of the most complex vertical cleaning required in London today.
US environmental and emergency response services provider Hepaco, has acquired Trans Environmental, the Illinois-based provider of environmental remediation, industrial cleaning and emergency response services. Trans founders Matt Warneke and Jeff Lonas will continue to lead the company after the closing of the acquisition. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hepaco is majority-owned by San Francisco-based private equity firm Gryphon Investors, which purchased the Company in August 2016.
Founded in 1984, Minster Cleaning Services is a well-established franchised cleaning network, with 43 franchises and group revenue of more than £40m. The individual franchises (known as branches) are spread all over the country and range in turnover from £0.5m to over £2.0m.
Although the branches benefit from centralised support in areas such as training and marketing, the company recently undertook a major project to provide them with a standardised, software-based contract management platform that will relieve them of the administrative and operational pressures that cleaning brings.
Interserve Facilities Management has been fined after multiple safety failings at a laboratory site for the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge.
Hove Crown Court heard how, in September 2014, mains power was lost at the site which includes high containment laboratory facilities required to safely handle high hazard pathogens that are a serious risk to human health and the environment.
With temperatures having dropped rapidly in the UK over the past few days and snow and ice reported in many locations following an unusually mild Autumn, Thurrock Council's new fleet of specialist multi-purpose vehicles - which also carry out road maintenance work - have been used for gritting for the first time.
The council grits approximately 226 miles of road, with routes graded by importance. These routes consist of the priority routes, which make up of the main road network, such as the A13 and bus routes, and take about three hours to grit. If the weather is more severe, secondary routes are also treated and take another two hours.
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Having been involved, as Director of BTA and owner of Loo of the Year Awards, giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee in 2008 demanding changes that would require the Government to make a legal requirement on local authorities to provide adequate public toilets, I welcome the budget changes.
"It has been a good week for toilet talk. First we had the chancellor making numerous toilet jokes as he announced in the budget that owners will no longer pay business rates on public toilets. Then Microsoft founder Bill Gates unveils a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water by making a presentation with a jar of human faeces on show beside him.
A waste management company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured while cleaning a large ballistic separator machine.
Aylesbury Crown Court heard how, in August 2016, a Viridor Waste Management employee climbed into the top level of the ballistic separator - a machine that sifts through and separates recyclable materials - to clean it, before it was suitably isolated from the power supply.
It supports the message used by charity Keep Britain Tidy in their UK-wide initiative to tackle the problem of roadside litter.
A new Resource Management Show is set to run alongside main exhibition and conference, which will once again feature suppliers, manufacturers, training organisations and trade organisations that are all involved in the cleaning, facilities management and waste management sectors.
Typical of this special company culture is the support of the entire workforce for 'Wear it Pink' Day.
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