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What do you see in this picture? Street cleaning in action? You're right of course, but I also see a missed opportunity - well, actually, two!
Returning to the subject of my previous two Leaders, I had a lovely message from Vickie Ryde, mother of young litter picker Leighton Ollerenshaw, thanking me for the mention. Vickie said she'd told Leighton I'd been commending his efforts and that he'd said he couldn't understand why people are so proud of him and that the litter shouldn't be dropped in the first place. He thinks he will still be litter picking when he's 100 years old, bless him. As you might imagine, my response included the sentiment that I hoped that by the time he gets to be 100, the world will be a much better place and that he won't have to go around picking up other people's litter!
Other readers emailed me links to a story about Nadia Sparkes who this year picked up a volunteering award from the Prime Minister, but who was forced to change schools after being bullied for picking litter on her journeys to and from her school, (which doesn't appear to have offered her the support she needed). She's now settled happily at Reepham High, where she's appreciated by the environmentally-conscious people with whom she mixes. She's still litter-picking en route and the uniform is made from recycled plastic bottles. Oh I do love a happy ending!
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Bunzl, the specialist international distribution and services group, has announced that after more than 13 years in the role of group finance director and 25 years with Bunzl, Brian May has decided to retire from the company. He will be succeeded by Richard Howes (pictured) who will join the company on 1st September 2019, initially as CFO designate before joining the Board and assuming the role of chief financial officer on 1st January 2020.
To allow for a successful handover, Brian will step down from the Board on 31st December 2019 and leave the group on 28th February 2020.
Although she will still be serving on the Restroom Association Singapore Board Committee, Ms Tan Puay Hoon has stepped down from her role as Honorary RAS President and her colleagues have been lauding her efforts and successes at the helm and for tirelessly fronting many impactful initiatives amidst her tight schedule of managing her own retail consultancy business.
In 2003, she was invited to join RAS as a volunteer by the organisation's founder and newly-appointed advisor Jack Sim, and she had been an active volunteer until four years later, she was elected president. She led initiatives and programmes promoting clean washrooms to the whole community, from young to old. In 2008, she spearheaded and launched the Let's Observe Ourselves (LOO) Campaign, a campaign that targeted toilet owners
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has launched the 'Turn Nigeria Orange' Project to strengthen the culture of hand hygiene & Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) generally in healthcare institutions across the country. This is part of activities to commemorate the 2019 World Hand Hygiene Day in Nigeria.
Every year on the 5th of May, the World Health Organisation, with the collaboration of countries and healthcare facilities all around the world, runs an annual campaign to promote hand hygiene with the slogan: 'Save Lives: Clean your Hands'.
Poppy Szkiler, founder and managing director, Quiet Mark, comments: "Veltia has been awarded a Quiet Mark for its V Fusion and F4 Eco models, which both deliver excellent hand drying functionality while operating at lower noise levels.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification, which represents more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, is soliciting nominations for four open seats on its Board of Directors to serve a three-year term.
Interested nominees should possess industry knowledge and experience, and be willing to contribute to the mission and ideals of the IICRC. Submissions are due no later than 31st May.
"Plastic waste is becoming a bigger and bigger environmental problem," says Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "We hope more people can give concentrates a try as every single time you use a concentrate bottle you use nearly 80% less plastic waste."
Cold Jet says it has reinvented dry ice blasting with the release of the PCS 60, which represents the pinnacle of dry ice blasting technology and will enhance the environmental cleaning and surface preparation experience; setting the standard for dry ice blasting machines for years to come.
"Cold Jet is proud to introduce the PCS 60 to the global marketplace," says Gene Cooke III, president and CEO, Cold Jet. "The machine is the highest performing dry ice blaster available and features many technological advancements that are firsts in our industry. The PCS 60 continues Cold Jet's tradition of leading the way and guiding our industry forward."
Powered by a low-pressure hydraulic mechanism that assures worker safety and quiet operation, the stainless-steel bin tipper lifts bins weighing up to 150lbs (70Kg) and deposits the contents into any waste receptacle. Designed for emptying heavy organic waste bins into a dumpster, it can also be paired with high-volume Power Knot LFC-300 or LFC-500 biodigesters, which biologically convert waste food into grey water.
Established 50 years ago, Canadian cleaning and sanitation specialist Sani Marc Group is continuing to grow with its recent acquisition of Ontario-based Alpine Specialty Chemicals - its fourth transaction in less than six months.
Sani Marc manufactures and distributes cleaning and sanitation products for a wide range of customers primarily in the commercial, institutional, industrial, food & beverage and pool & spa maintenance markets. In 2018, the company produced approximately 55 million Kg of sanitation products and fulfilled some 200,000 orders.
This mobile robotic device is used in intensive care units, medical surgery units, operating rooms and in rooms where patients suffering from Clostridioides difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other microorganisms, were discharged.
B38 Group, which launched its own in-house cleaning division just seven months ago, B38 Support Services, has been awarded a national contract by leading luxury British footwear and handbag retailer Russell & Bromley to cover 38 of its high-street stores across the UK.
The iconic brand has pioneered fashion-led design of shoes and accessories since 1880 and has become one of the UK's best-known quality footwear retailers.
Dave Denton, who has been cleaning the windows of Bedford businesses since he started assisting his father at 14, has just been honoured at a surprise 81st birthday party attended by some of the 30 businesses he has been servicing for the past 67 years.
The Bedford Independent reports that despite his age, Dave still works seven days a week and is with his first customer by 06:00.
The improving global economy, along with the growing need for cleanliness and hygiene is driving the market growth.
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