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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of Leather Furnishings.
The China Global Television Network reports that the ministry has also decided to dispatch an ad hoc investigation team to the hotels which have been criticized for poor hygiene, after some budget hotels were also found to have potential hygiene issues.
Unger has now informed us that the system achieved significantly better results than the two competitor products tested in both analysis and practical use.
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I was surprised to learn last week that not all households in the UK enjoy food waste kerbside collection services, when the benefits of converting food waste to power in anaerobic digesters have long been proven. Plus, it's one of the few things we householders can't actually get wrong when it comes to what can be recycled and what can't. I struggle with plastics as I'm never sure whether I'm about to contaminate the bin - and those tiny 'can be recycled', 'not currently recycled' and 'not for kerbside collection; please recycle with carrier bags' messages can be difficult to find on a torn or dark packet, can't they?
At the moment, only about 35% of English households are able to recycle food waste, compared with 56% in Scotland and 100% in Wales, so while it may be several years too late, the Government's announcement that every home in England will soon have its food waste collected weekly is a good one. And as for the news that household recycling will be made less confusing, with consistent labelling on packaging as well as consistency across all councils' recycling schemes? Well, I'm delighted! But why did it take so long?
Some councils are predicted to oppose the changes unless they're given extra funding but surely with so many councils having recently reinstated weekly general waste collections at great cost, the option separate food waste collection will give them to reduce this again should cancel that out once the food caddies are purchased. Or am I being naive?
Another announcement that's delighted me is that we'll have to pay an upfront returnable deposit on bottles, cans and disposable cups. Shame though that it's not going to happen until 2023! Why do these schemes take so long to set up? Recycling rates have stagnated at around 44% for the past five years, which means that some four billion plastic bottles, 2.7billion cans and 1.5billion glass bottles are not recycled in the UK each year. That's disgraceful! The Government aims for a 70% recycling rate by 2030 but I'm hoping we can reach that long before then and halt the blight of discarded drinks receptacles strewn around our countryside. There's far too much at stake for us not to, so I hope that when the projects go under consultation in a few weeks, the schemes will be widely supported.
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This Week's News
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute tells us that the theme of its 2019 Science Symposium, 'Understanding Effective Cleaning', was adopted as the topic last month at a combined meeting of CIRI executive committee and Science Advisory Council members.
SAC chair, Steven Spivak, Ph.D., is spearheading the selection of the symposium's technical agenda. "This theme reflects CIRI's core competency," he says. "Methods, measurement and management are critical elements required for effective cleaning, including disaster restoration. Those attending the 2019 symposium will gain a new and deeper understanding of these concepts that collectively define effective cleaning and restoration.
One of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals is celebrating its 50th birthday in style, after securing substantial business from the aerospace industry for its new impregnated wipe products.
Arrow Solutions, which was founded in 1968, has grown into one of the most respected manufacturers in its field, supplying customers across the high value engineering, rail, defence, aerospace and energy sectors, as well as the commercial hygiene marketplace.
Gutters that are filled with leaves, grass and other debris quickly become blocked and lead to internal building damp and mould problems - or even worse, irreparable damage to the property and stock which in turn could lead to higher insurance premiums.
Gutters and downpipes when full cannot do what they were designed to do properly, which is to take away large volumes of water away from your building when it rains. When full guttering becomes extremely heavy, it is no wonder they start leaking and sometimes break totally and need replacing when neglected.
With a flurry of news reports about germs in airports and hotels, travellers are more concerned about cleanliness than ever so it follows that businesses need to become more aware of their responsibilities too.
NanoTouch Materials' new self-cleaning surfaces address these concerns and particularly so its new launch - a self-cleaning film for touch screens that can turn any airport check-in kiosk or in-flight screen into a continuously self-cleaning surface.
A leading authority for asbestos training provision in the UK, the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), is urging all public sector employees to be asbestos-aware in order to better manage the 'ticking time-bomb' in thousands of public buildings.
A lack of knowledge about the killer building material is putting workers and users of these buildings at risk of fatal lung cancers UKATA has warned.
'Waste and Recycling Resources for Local Authorities' categorises WRAP's most popular resources under key themes such as contamination and food waste collections.
Over 300 refuse collectors, working for Birmingham City Council, have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in the blacklisting dispute over payments made to refuse workers who did not support last year's long running bin dispute.
The workers, members of Unite, Britain and Ireland's largest union, voted by 94% in favour of strike action and 97% for industrial action short of a strike.
HOST 2 has awarded an eight-year contract to Ecocleen's South West franchise, AHG Facilities Management, for the provision of cleaning services at one of the largest worker campus developments in Europe.
Under the agreement, worth up to £1.5 million annually, the company will handle all internal cleaning requirements at the specially-designed accommodation that will be used by construction workers at the site of the EDF Energy Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Bridgwater in Somerset.
Visionstate's product suite includes Internet of Things devices that help track cleaning, maintenance and supply utilisation. Its WANDA device is installed in both public and private facilities such as hospitals, airports, shopping centres, arenas and office buildings.
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