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I was reminded by a comment on our Facebook page by the Domestic Cleaning Alliance's Stephen Munton, about a range of vacuum cleaners which - when I wrote about them in 2010 - I'd hoped would soon become widely available. As well as being striking in design, as our picture shows, they're not the sort of thing you'd easily lose in the cleaning cupboard, are they? What made them extra special was the fact that they'd been manufactured from waste plastics collected from the ocean... something useful being made from something bad... Stephen mentioned that back in the late 1990s, Dyson made the 'DC02 Recyclone' cylinder vacuum cleaner out of waste plastic from the factory. The intention was to eventually collect and recycle worn-out Dyson cleaners from customers, so as to continue making the Recyclone, but, sadly, this was never followed through.
What got both Stephen and me reminiscing was a video I'd posted of a boat which is sailing 500km along the coast of Kenya to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Called the Flipflopi, it's made from 10 tons of waste collected on the Kenyan coastline, including 30,000 recycled flip-flops to make the hull and decking! The boat is mooring up to visit schools along the way so those on board can share their views with teachers and pupils on the problems created by plastics and provide insights into repurposing the waste they create. The expedition has already inspired the city of Mombasa to close down a mismanaged dumpsite and get 22 major hotels to ban single-use plastic bottles and straws, so it's doing well.
Kenya introduced the world's toughest plastic bag ban in 2017, decreeing that those producing, selling or using plastic bags could be imprisoned for four years or faced with a fine of up to $40,000. I wish other countries would follow suit.
Now... flip-flop boat to take me exploring the seas or a colourful vacuum cleaner to help me with the housework... it's really a no-brainer, isn't it?
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Each year the company recognises the top account consultants from every branch that excels in representing its sales territory.
According to a recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthcare-Associated Infections are currently the country's fourth leading cause of death and could move up to second place by 2050. Help, however is at hand...
OptiSolve and the Kelley Lab at the University of Toronto are to combine novel nanomaterials with a genomics-based approach to allow for precise identification of pathogens that cause HAIs.
UK train companies are forever warning us to 'Mind the Gap'. But are they doing enough to close another gap that presents a different challenge altogether: the rail sector's performance gap against targets to minimise waste? Despite committed obligations to reduce waste - and to meet the 90% recycling target set by the DfT - many train operators are some way from their destination, argues Dan Brown, Corporate Sector Director, SWRnewstar...
Jamie Wright, managing director at Incentive QAS, discusses how his life was shaped by the cleaning industry and how his company changed the way it worked, to improve on its success...
The finalists have been selected and now it's up to you to choose a winner! Voting for SC Johnson Professional's third-annual Happy Hands dispenser design contest is now open. The student-drawn designs are on display at www.debhappyhands.com and open for voting through February 28th.
The Happy Hands contest promotes the importance of handwashing at schools by encouraging K-12 students to use their creative skills and imagination to design a custom soap/sanitiser dispenser.
Shown here with the SO4, complete with standard accessories and steam mopping tools and pads, the STS eliminates the need for operatives to have to carry the machines and accessories separately.
Norfolk has launched the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign which aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual £1m clear up cost. The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier - either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.
"I hate to see fly-tipping and I know the vast majority of people do too," muses Cllr John Fisher, Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership. "Fly-tipping is illegal, unsightly and pollutes the environment.
Cloud-based attendance and location management portal EveryOneCloud has recorded over two million clockings in just 18 months since its launch. Developed by workforce management specialists HFX, EveryOneCloud provides cleaning contractors of all sizes with the convenience to track employee attendance, presence and location in real-time, with a low cost monthly fee.
The system supports over one hundred devices including biometric hand readers, face recognition, finger print as well as traditional card/proximity based devices, mobile apps and telephony, allowing the system to be tailored to every workplace environment and working practice.
Sir Nicholas Soames MP paid a visit to Burgess Hill-based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Bio-Productions, on Friday. Accompanied by the company's managing director, Angela Gill, he was given a tour of the company's offices and laboratory on the Victoria Business Park, where he had the chance to see the factory's production line first-hand.
Throughout the visit, Angela and operations manager, Chris Freeman, showcased the diverse products that make up the Bio-Productions catalogue, which has significantly expanded since business began in 1984.
The amount of waste thrown away by households across Malvern Hills District has fallen by more than 1,680 tonnes since the introduction of Alternate Weekly Collections, which was launched last April and saw collections switched to waste being picked up one week and recycling the next on a rotating basis.
Between April and November last year households threw away 8,172 tonnes of waste compared to 9,853 in 2017. The reduction is equivalent to the weight of 9,606 Lions or 14,246 Giant Pandas.
Bunzl Canada has announced its continued program of business investment in its operations in Quebec. The company has acquired multiple businesses in the province since 2015 with the aim of growing its business in both the wholesale and direct distribution markets.
"Quebec is a very strategic market for Bunzl," acknowledges Bunzl Canada president, John Howlett. "We have built a truly national distribution and wholesale platform to serve our customers from coast to coast. Our presence in Quebec is critical to enabling us to provide the consistent, responsive service their businesses rely on, right across the country."
Adare Manor, located on the banks of the River Maigue in County Limerick, Ireland, is the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl and now a luxury five-star hotel. The property, set on 840 acres and incorporating a championship golf course and the only La Mer Spa in the British Isles, was awarded 'Hotel of the Year 2018' at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards.
Mitie has won a five-year contract with specialist distribution and logistics company Connect Group following a competitive tender process. Through an integrated facilities management contract, Mitie will manage a host of services including engineering, cleaning, security, reception and landscaping across 78 distribution centres and its headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire.
The role will require a highly motivated and sales-driven professional, who will be able to demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm, in order to manage and grow an existing business portfolio of accounts through Wales, The Midlands and parts of Lancashire.
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