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In last week's Cleanzine we featured Cromwell Polythene's litter pick for Keep Britain Tidy's 'Great British September Clean' and I've spent more time than I probably should have done this week, wondering whether the folk of Sherburn in Elmet, near Leeds, and those in Alfreton, Derbyshire, (where the various teams were working) are rather different from those in other parts of the UK. Why? Simply because 'hundreds of cigarette butts' made up the majority of the litter, rather than the discarded face masks I expected to read about. According to the listings, there wasn't even one mask. Keep Britain Tidy's 2019 litter survey found that cigarette butts accounted for 66% of all items. But everything's changed since then, hasn't it?
I've lost track of the rules (well who hasn't?) but around much of the UK - well, in those areas where we're still allowed out, we generally have to wear masks some of the time. I see people out in the parks and countryside wearing them. If you're wearing a mask, you can't smoke. And if you're one of the thousands who've tested positive for Covid, you probably shouldn't be smoking anyway, should you, mask wearer or not?
Rarely do I see discarded cigarette butts. I do, however, see loads of used disposable masks lying around & I despair of the mentality of those who think it's OK to drop them.
I also despair of the apparent ignorance of those making the rules. I'm not sure whether this one's still valid, but where's the logic in having to wear a mask in a bar, pub or restaurant when you're not drinking or eating, but being able to remove it when you are. And once you're finished, put it back on again (is that between sups of your drink, or food courses I wonder?). To fiddle around with your mask, taking it off then putting it on again, having touched surfaces in a public place, could be folly indeed. Doesn't anyone in Government think these things through?
As someone who abhors wearing a mask I avoid situations that require me to do so. As soon as I put one on, I feel as if I've masked my brain and I won't go into the impact that has but let's just say I'm surprised my local Co-op doesn't turn off the lights & pull down the shutters when they see me coming. My goodness do I admire those who manage to wear them whilst working - particularly if the work's physical, as in cleaning!
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This Week's News
Raimondo Raimondi has been unanimously elected as the new president of RCM SpA. He succeeds of Roberto Raimondi, who has been president since 1983.
The UK's biggest flexible working community is waiving its fees to help businesses in the cleaning and facilities management sector recruit the workers they need to meet the demands of the new surge in Coronavirus cases and facilitate business continuity and resourcing in the crucial Christmas period.
Redwigwam is allowing companies to use its AI-powered online platform to find the workers they require and they will only have to pay the workers for the jobs they hire them for.
Ray joins the height safety Foundation after 35 years with HSE, latterly as HM principal inspector and head of the construction sector regulatory support team in the building safety & construction division.
The American Cleaning Institute has released a new report: ‘Rising to an unprecedented challenge: The cleaning products industry’s response to Covid-19’.
Middle East Cleaning Technology Week, the region's leading exhibition for the commercial cleaning & hygiene industries, will be moved to September 2021, joint organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East (MFME) and VIS have announced.
The 6th edition of the three-day event was originally rescheduled to run in January 2021, but will now take place from 28th - 30th September 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
In partnership with ISSA and Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Cintas crowned Howell Beasley of Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K as this year's winner. The celebration took place during a pep rally following Albertville High School's homecoming parade on 1st October.
The cleaning & hygiene industry has been assessing the huge impact of Coronavirus and the lockdown on different sectors, businesses, and operatives. A British Cleaning Council audit of members last month shows that organisations and individuals are having to adapt rapidly to the major changes brought by the virus.
A consistent theme throughout is praise for the dedication of the operatives who have been doing vital work protecting the health and wellbeing of others and keeping key industries going since the pandemic began.
To assist with this enhanced focus on infection control, Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has extended its award-winning, innovative range of digital wall charts.
Biotechnology-based cleaning systems specialist InnuScience, has introduced its RSG (Ready Set Go!) range of products that can be used wherever there is a water source and which include a simple integration with a portable dilution system.
A dispensing nozzle allows easy dispensing of the full range while the closed loop system ensures accurate dilution and eliminates risk of mixing products.
As Covid-19 and other seasonal viruses continue to drive demand for effective cleaning and sanitation solutions, Goodway Technologies is expanding its line of surface sanitation systems with the addition of BioSpray-10-C - a portable, lightweight system that is ideal for facility and commercial use, such as classrooms, office buildings and clinics.
“There continues to be extremely high demand for sanitation solutions that improve the safety and wellbeing of the occupants and it’s coming from every industry,” says Tim Kane, president and CEO of Goodway Technologies.
UMF Corporation has announced the recipient of the company's 11th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, acknowledging the important contribution of environmental services (EVS) departments in healthcare facilities across the US. This year's recipient is Hosea Jackson, a custodial services manager for Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
In September, 20 training sessions on toilet cleaning and assessment were conducted for more than 150 coffee shop operators and cleaning attendants, with more sessions planned in the months ahead.
Specialist Window Cleaning (SWC), has added another household name to its growing client portfolio. One of the UK's leading pharmacists, Lloyds Pharmacy, has appointed SWC on a significant two-year cleaning contract.
The well-established window cleaning solutions leader will be providing internal & external window cleaning, fascia and signage cleans, as well as adhoc reactive callouts to over 1,000 Lloyds Pharmacy sites across the UK after a delayed start during lockdown.
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