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New statistics released to coincide with the 17th annual Recycle Week (which started on Monday) reveal that through lockdown the UK has become more environmentally aware with nearly nine in 10 households claiming to 'regularly' recycle, more of us are prepared to change our lifestyles to help the environment: 73%, up from 68% in 2019, while 93% agree that 'everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment'.
Yes, it is a responsibility we all share and I'm pleased that more of us are taking it seriously, although as I've said before, the real heroes are our recycling and waste workers who've been providing a great service under difficult circumstances. As WRAP UK's Peter Maddox says: "The recognition they received in the form of friendly waves, notes, cards and gifts left out for them is heart-warming proof of how the nation has pulled together." It's good that iconic landmarks across the country are lit up green or carrying the Recycle Now 'swoosh' this week and that councils, businesses and other organisations are joining in with activities to highlight the importance of recycling.
And while I'd happily sack everyone from Surrey County Council's Highways Department for the state of our roads - it's not just potholes but the badly repaired (many times over) uneven surfaces which cause my house to shake when large vehicles rumble over them - I have to commend Surrey Environment Partnership's communications & engagement team. Bringing together the Council and the county's 11 local councils to manage Surrey's waste, the team has joined our local social media groups and, through posting information and advice, has promoted discussion. Yes - the team has taken enormous stick from those of us (well who isn't?) concerned about the increase in fly-tipping since the hugely frustrating cuts in opening times and days we can access our recycling centres, but it's listened and engaged with us. It has answered our questions about what can be recycled and where and it's explained how the system works and why. Group members are even sharing tips on how they're making good use of things most of us would throw away (my tip for fixing Prosecco corks to the tops of vegetable plant support sticks to save facial/eye injury on the sharp sticks, went down very well and others' ideas have led to sharing/swapping of items that were about to be dumped). More of this type of initiative please - it works!
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The Coronavirus pandemic has made it clear to the world how important cleaning and hygiene are. It has also placed the spotlight on the building cleaning trade, an industry that is vital to the economy.
Its innovative drive, technological advances and the quality of its cleaning services benefit all areas of society - and with up-to-the-minute topics on the cleaning industry's innovations and trends, in 2021 CMS Berlin will again be the leading platform for a cross-sectoral exchange of views.
Nearly six months have passed and Covid-19 continues to dominate pretty much everything we do, and whilst the British Institute of Cleaning Science has had to cancel the Annual Awards Dinner, which would have taken place this week, the team wanted to mark the event by recognising just some of those who have played a part in what continues to be a heroic cleaning effort.
BICSc is asking us to take a moment to recognise and celebrate five special people, who hold a BICSc Licence to Practice and went the extra mile during the peak of the pandemic.
The advanced air-drying formulation quickly cleans and sanitises hands without any nasty sticky residue. Free from alcohol & added fragrance, it's the perfect product to combat the dry and chapped skin that usually comes from multiple applications of hand sanitiser. For those with sensitive skin, this would be the sanitiser to choose.
Templa, the software company behind TemplaCMS and a leading financial contract management system for cleaning contractors in the UK and Australia, has been acquired by Innovise, the UK subsidiary of TEAM Software. TEAM is a global technology leader specialising in software for security guarding, cleaning and facilities management businesses.
It has been tested and passed standards EN1276 and EN16615 (adapted for commercial kitchens), which confirm its anti-bacterial action, whilst EN14476 proves it is effective at killing enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus.
Pittsburgh-based robotics technology firm Carnegie Robotics has launched Thoro (thoro.ai), a spin-off focusing on the commercialisation of its proven Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR) technology for the cleaning and disinfection equipment industry.
Thoro is the result of extensive development by Carnegie of state-of-the-art perception and intelligent navigation technology that safely navigates machines around people in public spaces to perform useful work.
Workplace consumables provider Phs Direct has launched a new partnership with industry distributor Cheeky Panda to offer an extensive new range of environmentally-conscious toilet rolls, tissues and wipes.
Instead of being produced from paper, the entire Cheeky Panda range is created from bamboo - the fastest growing plant in the world - helping to save trees and create a more environmentally-sustainable supply chain.
ViroGuard Alcohol-Free Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Sanitiser passes the requirements of BS EN 1276 and BS EN 13727 for bactericidal activity, BS EN 14476 for viricidal activity, BS EN 1500 for hygienic handrub and BS EN 13624 for yeasticidal activity offering vital protection to the public.
From an ethical, environmental and socio-economic point of view, this phenomenon is nothing short of alarming because it has a direct impact on producers, processors, distributors, shops - and, of course, on consumers. But here's the good news: henceforth it will be possible to extend this UBD by up to 100%!
Reduced, compact and with a selected audience of trade visitors and international media representatives; this year's IFA Special Edition presented itself in a special guise this month in Berlin in the wake of the Corona pandemic.
The German manufacturer of vacuum cleaner nozzles and accessories, Wessel-Werk, successfully used this extraordinary platform to present its revolutionary battery concept. The innovative solution consisting of an electric brush and a battery-operated vacuum cleaner pipe was convincing across the board.
The Cleaning & Support Services Association has made significant appointments within its team. Daniel Cross, UK marketing manager for Tennant and its subsidiary Vaclensa, has taken on the role of chair of the marketing executive, while Paul Ashton, CEO of Birkin Cleaning, has been appointed deputy chair.
Daniel, who is also the co-founder of the FM North Networking Group, says: "I'm excited and thrilled to be taking on this role and becoming more involved in promoting the great work and actions of the CSSA, as well as communicate the many benefits of membership to the professionals working within our industry.
Company CEO Steve Rosenzweig, who has 28 years’ experience in professional cleaning industry and is dedicated to providing customers with the most effective cleaning, says he wants to offer an extra layer of protection for complete confidence in his cleaning and disinfection protocols to help combat the spread of illness-causing germs including SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.
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Recent UK News
Kärcher Professional UK has strengthened its team with the appointment of James Gordon as marketing director UK & Ireland.
The move will help the leading global cleaning brand to drive the Professional arm of the business across the UK territory to generate growth and awareness.
A virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event, on 14th and 15th October.
"We are sorry there will not be an opportunity for the sector to come together in one place this year, but completely understand the British Cleaning Council's decision."
This move means the CHSA has achieved its strategic ambition of accrediting all members. The combination of the Association's rigorous Code of Practice and its Accreditation Schemes guarantees its members trade ethically and work hard to maintain standards in the industry.
Based on data from 80% of the FM market, the report forecasts a return to pre Covid-19 sales faster than initially expected, with revenue exceeding 2019 levels by H2 2022 with a 10% sales boost.
With Covid-19 still in general circulation, an enhanced focus on hand hygiene is required to prevent the spread of infection.
No mean feat considering the prestigious, corporate company it found itself in.
“Many cleaning and janitorial product suppliers will have seen a surge in online orders during the pandemic as demand rose, especially from new customers.
During the pandemic, selling cleaning and janitorial products via more than one sales channel became key to continuing operations in this competitive industry.
It goes without saying that the last few months have been challenging and, with no vaccine available and queries over the value of antibodies against Covid 19, we still face an uncertain time ahead. The profile of cleaning has never been so high and, as businesses start to reopen, hygiene is top of everyone's agenda.
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