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"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.
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It’s rare that I wish people ill, but with much of the world coming out of lockdown there’s one group I’ve been angrily cursing - and at the very least I’d love everyone who’s part of this group to remain in lockdown forever. Many of us, incarcerated for so long, have had time to contemplate the meaning of life and I’d hoped that we’d all have discovered what’s really important, in the big scheme of things. New beginnings for the planet, if you like… What appears to have happened is that being isolated has helped grow what I can only describe as an underclass of humans, who, now finally released, are hell-bent on doing as much damage as they can. Yes. I’m talking about those who are ruining our public places with their litter. The problem’s far worse than it ever was, when I had expected it to be better. And when you consider that some of the culprits will be carrying Coronavirus, it makes their littering so much more than just plain selfish, doesn’t it, since they could make someone ill and even kill them?
Mainstream press has been full of pictures of beaches and other beauty spots – including those in our National Parks – devastated with detritus. This littering has to stop. Local councils and even the police need to get tough on litterbugs. I’ve written in the past about people fined for accidentally dropping money, ice-creams and losing a thread from clothing. Our current problem isn’t accidental; it’s a deliberate act of vandalism; a choice. So why are the authorities making a choice to let the litterbugs away with it? The whole thing beggars belief.
I live near Epsom Downs, home to the world-famous Epsom Derby horse-race. There’s something quite magical about being up on the Downs and encountering a group of riders emerging from the early morning mists. Often you hear the hooves and feel the ground trembling before the spectacle appears before you. I’ve not been up there this year, but a post in a local Facebook group alerted me to the horrors I might find on my next visit.
Steven McCormick created a Facebook Live video out of pure frustration at the amount of litter he encountered. He also appealed to neighbours to become volunteer litter pickers to help with the “huge problem". Apparently, there’s work for them every day: https://www.facebook.com
I have to ask… Is it just Brits who do think it’s OK to litter?
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This Week's News
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Competition and Markets Authority requesting that it investigate possible profiteering by unscrupulous organisations capitalising on the exceptional demand for cleaning and hygiene products.
The CHSA has requested the investigation particularly examine the delisting of reputable companies by online trading platforms, in favour of organisations charging exceptionally high prices.
The British Cleaning Council has written to the Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets to ask for a private meeting to discuss a number of issues that are key to the cleaning sector and the recovery from Coronavirus.
As an avid reader of, advertiser in, and contributor to Cleanzine, I have noticed the call for help at the bottom of Jan's Leader editorial (28th May). There is a simple answer to all the problem items and surfaces mentioned for sanitising: steam cleaning.
In direct response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, GP Pro, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, will soon release Kolo Hygiene, an innovative new feature of its Kolo Smart Monitoring System specifically designed to help facilities successfully manage, monitor and measure heightened cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting practices.
The first is about how to control the risk of Covid-19 via deep cleaning, while the second focuses on the importance of hand hygiene, with tips and advice on how to achieve compliance.
North West-based Under Pressure Cleaning is supporting Greater Manchester charity The Bread and Butter Thing by volunteering its expert cleaning services to fully clean, wash and disinfect the charity's fleet of seven food refrigeration vehicles which are used to deliver food parcels to people on low income.
With public toilets as well as loos in pubs and shops being closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an outbreak of what has by some been described as 'fly peeing'.
In the true nature of 'if you got to go, you got to go', waste management company BusinessWaste.co.uk is hearing reports of people turning local beauty spots into public bathrooms, and increasing numbers of bottles of urine appearing along main UK roads.
The Hall of Fame awards are open to all past and present IICRC constituents who have at least 25 consecutive years in the inspection, cleaning & restoration industries.
The Airstream Vitesse incorporates a new fast-clip system which allows contractors to simply fit a backplate during installation.
Launched this week, the Clean Safely platform powered by RSC Bio Solutions, provides curated solutions that meet the escalating challenge to safely eliminate viral threats in public, commercial, and industrial spaces.
Focusing on the three pillars of cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining, the Clean Safely protocol breaks down these processes into easy-to-manage steps, supported by high-performance products.
Have you ever wondered why copper has been so widely used over the years in kitchens? Well, it's not just for aesthetics. Copper just happens to have inherent antimicrobial properties that can dramatically reduce the spread of germs and disease.
That fact was not lost on a team of researchers and engineers who first met at West Texas A&M University in the US.
The credit is intended to support buildings and spaces as they work to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) through sustainable, healthy practices.
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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Health Secretary, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, asking that those working in the manufacture and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products be eligible for priority testing for the Coronavirus.
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