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The campaign to clean up our environment - particularly when it comes to plastics - is gaining momentum, but as far as I'm concerned, it's not happening quickly enough. Yes, I know if takes time for manufacturers to get everything into place and that changes to production lines and processes can be a real headache and very expensive, but this has been coming for years... On the commercial front, those who are ahead of the game are gaining goodwill at the expense of the competition who may be dragging their heels. But as we've all seen from the images of some of the devastation we're causing, it goes beyond commercial losses, doesn't it?
Extinction Rebellion is making a name for itself in some 30 countries and while I don't support the idea of damaging someone else's livelihood by, say, preventing people from getting to work or making it difficult for customers to visit, while also delaying deliveries of such crucial items as medical supplies, I can see why the activists have been spurred into action. Many are citing climate change but others who are aware that our climate is constantly changing are trying to draw attention to the damage we seem to be inflicting so willfully on our planet and asking us to do something about it. This message I do agree with.
The Marine Conservation Society has asked me to get involved in its campaign to encourage our Government to include drinks cans and bottles of all sizes and materials in its proposed money-back recycling scheme, rather than just some types and sizes. The Government is consulting on a scheme to cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland is already in the design phase) and the MSC wants to ensure we adopt a scheme that's easy for consumers and one that's harmonised across the UK. If you've read my grouses in previous leaders about the different and confusing schemes run by our councils, you'll be aware that I totally agree with the MSC's sentiments on making things easy. Consultations cost a fortune and so does implementing systems to suit whatever decisions are made. Let's not do this in phases - let's get it right first time and make it all-encompassing from the start! Visit www.mcsuk.org to find out how you might help, and if you're reading this from a country that took action in the early days and can suggest some solutions to this pressing global problem of ours, do please let me know!
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Public Health England's latest report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), covering weeks nine - 13, 2019, shows that services are still having to be reduced in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 73 outbreaks, 71 of which (97%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 44 of which (60%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.
The Cleaning Show has reported that attendee numbers for the 2019 exhibition at Excel in London exceeded 7,000, with a 26% increase in visitors when compared to the 2017 show hosted at the same venue. Organisers have also reported that the number of foreign visitors increased yet again, and that representatives from 45 different countries attended the three-day expo.
"To experience growth in visitor numbers by over 25% is a remarkable achievement, especially in these economically challenging and politically uncertain times for our industry," says Stan Atkins, chair of the British Cleaning Council, which co-produces the show.
The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management members will salute their profession by inspiring the next generation to join it, delivering activity-based workshops in schools across the UK with the aim of encouraging the next generation to learn about its diversity and impact and get involved.
Warrington based hygiene specialist, Christeyns Food Hygiene, has this week launched Moviemento, a fully adaptable Learning Management System and e-learning package designed to meet the stringent hygiene requirements of food and beverage production environments.
The platform is a result of the collaboration between government agencies, food and beverage safety experts and online training specialists and provides seamless, up-to-date management of all training programmes, whilst simplifying the process of knowledge sharing across an organisation.
The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 10th Conference, taking place on 28th June 2019, will open with the presentation of a trend report on the evolution of the industry for the past 30 years.
Being developed by EFCI with the help of hkp///RemuNet, the report will go through all the historic 'EFCI surveys' and will include the last available data regarding the sector.
The new ISSA Show Canada 2019 website is live and registration is now open for this trade show and conference, which takes place 11th -13th June, 2019, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, ON, Canada.
This three-day event is the result of a partnership between ISSA, The International Facility Management Association, and MediaEdge's Real Estate Management Industry (REMI) Network.
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute has announced that the theme for the 2019 research symposium taking place 15th - 17th July at Miami University in Oxford, OH, US, is 'Connecting Research to Practice'. The conference is focused solely on sound science in the cleaning and remediation industries; all presentations are peer-reviewed for content and objectivity.
"We're not a marketing conference or a trade show," explains John Downey, CIRI's executive director. "This is a conference for researchers and industry leaders looking for both research-to-practice and practice-to-research perspectives and for anyone who wants to learn best practices backed by sound science."
This year's Tissue World 2019, held at Fieramilanocity, Milan, last month, welcomed 3,200 participants from 91 countries, with the highest number of attendees coming from Italy, Germany, USA, Turkey, UK, Spain, Serbia, and Sweden.
The world's largest dedicated tissue industry event, Tissue World 2019 featured a trade show with 172 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest technical and innovative developments. It also included a three-day conference on the theme of 'Smart and Sustainable - Strategies to Stay Sharp as a New Decade Dawns'.
Scotland's North Lanarkshire Council has invested in 24 new bin lorries, which meet the latest European standards for emissions and have a number of safety features, including an automatic emergency braking system and a four-way camera system to give the driver full visibility.
Each Mercedes Benz Econic lorry can carry 10.5 tonnes of material which is compacted as collections are carried out, giving increased capacity and making them more efficient.
Health and wellbeing specialist Aroma Care Solutions has produced a Little Accident Box to help teachers deal with toilet accidents in the classroom. It comes as a councillor in the West Midlands revealed that a primary school has hired a nappy changer because some of its pupils are not toilet-trained.
The revelation is the latest in a series of warnings about the state of unreadiness for school of some children and the strain it places on teachers.
Coventry Magistrates have fined a Coventry resident £1,437.35 after mattresses, paint tubs and several bags of household waste were found on Hollyfast Lane, Coventry. Among the dumped materials were a number of letters which linked the items to a Scott Miles.
Following the incident in October last year environmental crime officers wrote to Mr Miles but there was no reply. A formal interview under caution was arranged but Mr Miles did not attend or make contact regarding rearranging the appointment. A Notice was served on Mr Miles at under Section 108 (j) of the Environment Act 1995 on 15th November 2018.
Some 100kgs of textiles is thrown away into the general rubbish bin in West Sussex every five minutes, costing over £1 million pounds a year in disposal costs. To help reduce both the waste and the costs of its disposal - whilst education young people, the local authority went back to school... the Chichester Free School - and got its students involved in a new film aimed at getting more people in the county 'Tackling Textiles'.
The team used 100kgs of clothes, towels, blankets and sheets in the video to create the recycling symbol. The students were also asked questions on their perceptions of recycling.
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There are less than four weeks left to enter the 2019 British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards, with the ceremony taking place on Thursday 26th September at Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa in Northamptonshire.
The winners are determined by a judging panel made up of industry experts, and provide a great opportunity to showcase an individual's, or organisation's, achievements to the wider cleaning industry, as well as BICSc community of over 30,000 members. Last year's winner of the 'Client Commitment to Training' award, Rosaleen Liard, chief executive officer of Chequers Contract Services says of her company's win:
The contracts, worth £3 million per annum, will see over 300 colleagues join TCFM up and down the country since the contracts started going live from 1st March, 2019.
Held in association with the Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management, the world's largest dedicated facilities management and workplace wellbeing and smart buildings event will take place at ExCel, London from 18th - 20th June.
Tuesday 16th April - Darlington
These are the premier awards recognising excellence in the facilities management and contract cleaning sectors and will take place on 4th March 2020 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.