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You know the message is getting through when an eight-year old boy spends his pocket money on a litter picker & gets his mother to take him out collecting what others have carelessly (and probably deliberately) discarded, don't you?
Little Leighton Ollerenshaw told the BBC he'd noticed lots of litter lying around and wondered how it would be if the next generation had to pay for the carelessness of the current one, being forced to live in a litter-damaged environment. He asked his mother if they could go litter-picking and responsibly, she agreed. It didn't stop there though; the word spread and soon Leighton's friends wanted to get involved too. Let's hope they keep it up!
It occurred to me while watching the video about Leighton (www.bbc.co.uk) that he and his friends may, one day, be prime candidates for cleaning industry apprenticeships. I know how difficult it is to persuade young people that there's a good career to be had in cleaning & facilities management, but if we can harness this lot's enthusiasm in some way, we could be onto a winner.
Also onto a winner (or so I would have thought) are food businesses able to display a 5* food hygiene rating on their doors, but in figures released today, only 60% of British respondents to the latest Food Standards Agency survey, mentioned food hygiene as being important when choosing where to eat out. I really can't get my head around that one and am wondering, who exactly, was asked...
Good service was cited by 61%. It put me in mind of the Fawlty Towers episode involving the hygiene inspector. Perhaps the rat in the biscuit tin would perhaps be deemed OK by this survey's respondents because the inspector was served by three members of hotel staff, rather than just one.
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Established in the eighth century, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Pub in the City of St Albans, Hertfordshire, was purchased in 2012 by Christo Tafelli. While committed to preserving the pub's history, Christo also endeavoured to create the greenest and most cost-efficient pub in all of England.
To accomplish these seemingly opposing goals, he oversaw a £1 million renovation that included the installation of a cardboard baler, a glass crusher, and an LFC-70 biodigester to lessen lorry collections, shrink landfill deposits, and reduce the pub's carbon footprint.
Congratulations to Marc Ferguson, promoted to vice president of global sales, Kaivac. In this position, Marc will oversee ongoing global efforts for the company, known for its No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Cleaning systems.
Kaivac now markets its products throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company also has representatives in Central and South America and is in the process of expanding into Asia.
The amount of fresh water available in the world is decreasing due to human activities and is therefore a limited and vulnerable resource that we need to protect more than ever before.
Currently in the 12th Grade of the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS), Moses Mayer has earned several international accolades and awards while representing his home country of Indonesia in global competitions. He has also developed a smartphone application called SampahLink (TrashLink) which connects households with rubbish collectors.
The University of San Francisco has met its goal of zero net carbon emissions more than 30 years ahead of its 2050 target date set in 2014 with a series of large and small steps, including reducing campus water use by 30% and switching to green cleaning supplies, being strict with its recycling procedures and even installing micro turbines that produce heat and electricity right on campus and purchasing mission-driven carbon offsets.
Havering Council has launched a new campaign aimed at making the borough cleaner and tidier, together with the help of residents. The Cleaner Havering campaign sees an extra £400,000 invested by the Council into street cleaning.
This extra money will see the frequency of cleaning in residential streets increased from once every three weeks to fortnightly. In addition to investing into more street cleaning the campaign will see the Council:
Kärcher's new WVP 10 Professional Window and Surface Cleaner - a multi-directional, cordless device that facilitates effortless cleaning of any flat surface without restriction - offers fast, efficient, multi-application cleaning and drying, eliminating the need for a bucket of water and cloth.
A lightweight and ergonomic hand-held cleaning device that can be used to clean any kind of horizontal, vertical, or even overhead flat surface, such as tiles, windows, tables, and mirrors, the WVP 10 features a large capacity dirty water collection tank, powerful suction and a removable battery for extended use. The advanced version comes with a second battery with quick charger for continuous cleaning time.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of a new Standard, the BSR/IICRC S900 Standard for Professional Remediation of Illicit Drugs, Cannabis and Nicotine Residue.
"The cleanup and restoration of environments contaminated by the production and handling of illicit drugs is a highly specialised process that puts many at risk when it is not performed properly," says Brandon Burton, IICRC Standards Chairman.
The Food Standards Agency has published the findings for wave five of the 'Food and You' survey and the majority of respondents (87%) reported having seen the Food hygiene ratings for food businesses sticker.
There have been increasing levels of recognition of the scheme stickers since they were introduced in 2010, from 34% in 2012, to 68% in 2014, 83% in 2016 and 87% in 2018.
Diversey is opening a new R&D centre in China today. The new centre represents a significant investment for Diversey in China, and is a key milestone in the execution of the company's Asia strategy.
The centre is set to open at a ceremony to coincide with the first day of the China Clean Expo, where the company is showcasing a range of its product innovations and services.
Deliveroo, in partnership with innovative cleantech company Oxwash, will be launching a first-of-its-kind takeaway container cleaning service for customers and restaurants in Oxford and Cambridge this Summer.
The new service comes thanks to the partnership with Oxwash, who will be integrating its award-winning operation with Deliveroo's world-class technology and market leading food delivery network.
Once again celebrating the very best the industry has to offer, Kimberly-Clark Professional is proud to open entries for the 2020 Golden Service Awards on 20th May. Cleaning and facilities businesses are invited to submit entries that demonstrate exceptional standards of cleaning excellence.
A new Diversity category, bringing the total number of awards up to 17 to be presented in a prestigious ceremony on 4th March 2020, at the Park Lane Hilton, London.
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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.
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