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Renowned UK chemicals manufacturer Bio Productions is getting rave reviews about this addition to its portfolio of environmentally-sympathetic alternatives to traditional harsh chemicals.
* Vice president/president elect: Steve Lewis, Golden Star
Emitting low-intensity ultraviolet C light, UV-Clean eliminates 99.99% of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) endospores from keyboards.
Formica Group commissioned the report to better understand what makes a bathroom good or bad, asking 2,000 respondents for their most common toilet bugbears and their best and worst experiences. The report also includes top tips for designing the perfect washroom.
Based around developments in the disciplines of lighting science and microbiology, they combine white and narrowband 405 nanometer (nm) visible light to meet ambient and task lighting requirements, while providing a continuous, unobtrusive disinfection option for commercial applications.
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We're running a Soapbox piece this week which echoes the sentiment I've often expressed in these Leaders: the need for consistency when it comes to our recycling abilities and procedures and better labelling so we can easily see what can and cannot be recycled.
I say abilities because I'm aware that what can be recycled in some areas cannot be recycled in others; something I find most odd. Procedures? Well, one might be forgiven for thinking that councils have banded together to make kerbside collection procedures as confusing as possible for residents who move house, for short-term visitors or those who perhaps, have to take responsibility for sorting someone else's waste in a different borough - such as carers, for example. Some councils allow a combination of paper and card, some like white paper separated out, some let you add cans to the mix while others like cans and glass jars/bottles together but separated from paper and card. Business waste seems to be treated completely differently from household waste even within the same borough. Even if it were to be treated the same, a workforce comprising staff from other boroughs would create sorting errors because of the current inconsistencies. Is it like this in other countries I wonder or is it just a UK thing?
I'm drawing attention to this Soapbox piece because when John and I set up Cleanzine some 18 years ago I was working with the UK's local authority group the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and was given permission to use the database to build our circulation (long before the Data Protection Act!). I'm hoping that every one of these people will read the piece. Obviously our readership has been regularly updated to reflect changes and I know we have most, if not all, of the UK's local authorities on our circulation as well as huge numbers carrying out similar roles in the 163 countries in which Cleanzine is received. This is of concern to all of you as well as people like me who are affected by any decisions made.
One of the things the ABCD was so good at was sharing best practice and warning of things that hadn't worked well. And while I'm delighted that EU Circular Economy Legislation is being transposed into UK law, the way we tackle waste is such an important subject that we all need to work together on this. We must share ideas, best practice and procedures as much as we can on a global level, rather than just locally. Don't you agree?
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Will Keer, corporate account director, SWRnewstar, argues that the Deposit Return and the Extended Producer Responsibility schemes will be far more successful if careful thought is put into their design and implementation and that consistency is key...
"Now that the first round of Government consultations on the Resource & Waste Strategy is complete, and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DeFRA) has published its responses, we've taken a big step forward towards implementing significant change in how waste is managed in the UK.
Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has extended its Enviro range with innovative cleaning and sanitising products housed in 'smarter' packaging - water soluble sachets.
Specially designed to minimise landfill burden and reduce the use of plastic by avoiding the use of traditional plastic bottles, the sachets are 100% biodegradable and phosphate free and they offer many other benefits:
An impressive 80% of Beco's workforce is visually impaired, disabled or disadvantaged - Beco wants to show big corporations the value and skillset in every person by encouraging employers to follow suit and see workability, not disability.
The company's previous investments in the province have included the acquisition of sanitation supply businesses Emballages Maska and Plus II Sanitation, which now operate under the R3 Redistribution brand banner.
As Summer winds down and students head back to school, Cintas is reminding everyone about its free mobile restroom-finder app, 'Got to Go', which allows users to find washrooms in their vicinity and rate them based on cleanliness.
"People say there's only two things for certain in life, but we know of a third; the need to use the restroom," says John Engel, director of marketing, Cintas Corporation. "With more than half of Americans finding it difficult to locate a clean restroom while on the road, we hope to give travelers some added relief by helping them find not only a nearby restroom, but a clean one."
ISSA has announced the appointment of Dennis Goodwin as its new education and certification business development manager. Dennis will be responsible for the development, marketing and sales of ISSA training, certification, and education programmes in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East.
Reporting to Manuela D'Agata, ISSA's international education and certification director, Dennis joins the Association's international education and certification team, which also includes Alexandra Adams, international programme coordinator. His appointment reflects ISSA's efforts to further build education and certification services such as the Cleaning Industry Management Standard programme and various training opportunities across the globe. Dennis will operate out of a home office in the UK.
CleanCloud, the point-of-sale software solution which transforms dry cleaners and laundromats by giving them the digital infrastructure they need to streamline their processes and procedures, beat competition from the likes of rankingCoach and Applauz to come top in its category.
The Food Standards Agency has published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the year ending March 2019. The information, provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activities carried out across the three countries.
The new data shows that across the three countries:
"Whether it's a restaurant, bar, or hotel, ensuring appliances are properly cared for and maintained is vital, both for longevity and health & safety. To ensure that a commercial kitchen is kept at the highest levels of hygiene, it's important that the correct cleaning procedures and followed. Over time, grease and dirt will naturally begin to accumulate on ovens, refrigerators and extraction units. If allowed to build up, they can become a fire and health risk. I'm going to explain how best to clean each of the main commercial appliances.
This additional business is the award of further stores across the UK, further cementing NIC's already strong and growing partnership with Sainsbury's.
The WCS Group has launched a new guide to water-based disinfection control, highlighting the different methods of preventing bacterial proliferation and their pros and cons; ideal for facilities managers, building services and health & safety professionals responsible for safe water used in processes, as part of HVAC systems, process and potable water.
Suitable for a range of sectors where clean water matters, the guide covers options for healthcare, food & beverage, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and more.
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