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I don't know how many times I predicted it over the years, but reducing the days and hours our nation's civic amenity tips are open, has indeed caused chaos. Some years ago, a local man died during an altercation with another man over their different views on how to queue at our tip - and that was when it was open from early morning until late evening, 363 days a year. That tragedy was obviously an extreme, but the chaos we've witnessed since opening hours were dramatically shortened, has been exacerbated by lockdown, since our tips were shut completely for several weeks.
As people had time on their hands while furloughed, they did lots of clearing out at home and had far more items that needed to be taken to the tip than normal. These items have invariably sat around the house or were put into the porch, front garden or car boot, until the tips opened again. Less responsible residents, who were too impatient to wait, dumped their stuff out in our open spaces and left it for the council to clear up. The amount of rubbish that's now left blighting our towns and countryside is horrendous.
Although no-one in my household's been furloughed, we've also picked up the decluttering bug and consequently have been living with a double mattress in the sitting room for some weeks, while our porch is almost impenetrable. Having read on local social media groups about the 1.5 hour-long queues with none of the usual help with heavy or bulky items as we unload - because workers are social distancing, I've not wanted to waste my time or add to the pollution by joining the queues.
Representatives from our council's environmental services team have joined some of these local social media groups and while they've taken some stick they've also answered our questions and taken on board our complaints. This may have resulted in the creation of a booking system which kicks off next week, although as other councils are already trialling such schemes it may be because they actually work. I have an early space reserved next Thursday and can take my daughter as we know we'll be home in time to start work. I'll let you know how it goes...
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Everything on 3rd -6th November will evolve around business relationship service, innovation and knowledge transfer. Some of the highlights of the programme include:
In its ongoing effort to provide cleaners and disaster restoration professionals with the latest research related to Covid-19 and protection of the built environment, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute will host ‘Covid-19: the second wave’ a three-part webinar series beginning Thursday, 12th November.
CIRI will host one-hour webinar events each month through January 2021. Each will address new and emerging science related to the transmission of Covid-19 and how that translates into best practices for cleaning professionals. Presentations will last approximately 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers.
Funded by the Engineering & Physical Science Research Council, the research will see the development of new antiviral sprays, films and other products. These can be delivered via additives in existing commercial products, such as detergents, or integrated with current packaging processes, forming an invisible and long-lasting film of sub-micron thickness. The formulations will be designed to both capture the aerosol droplets and inactivate the virus.
Richard has a wealth of experience in cleaning chemicals manufacturing, having worked on the Dymachem shop floor as a 16 year old, progressing as a young man through to sales, then later establishing Greyland in 1999.
Its members, all of whom are independent washroom service providers, continue to work together to provide quality services throughout the UK and Ireland and they have also been doing their bit to help their local communities, as charities and community groups around the country have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Pest Control Conference, organised in partnership with the British Pest Control Association, is a two-day online conference taking place on 3rd and 4th November.
It aims to gather pest control professionals and experts to debate the latest legislative guidance and practical tools available, as well as discuss new risks and challenges from non-native species, including Asian hornets.
Infection control measures have forced the cancellation of many events this year ,however, even with Coronavirus prevention protocols that are currently in place, cleaning industry staff can still learn and develop their skills, thanks to the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS).
The Jangro LMS offers a flexible and contactless approach to training.
The Building Service Contractors Association International has announced the recipients of the 2020 BSCAI Clean Awards, an awards program that highlights professional excellence among building service contractors (BSCs) and related businesses.
The 2020 recipients, recognising new members, business leadership, volunteer services and exceptional safety, were recognised on the final day of last month’s BSCAI 2020 Contracting Success+ Virtual Experience.
"We are working closely with facilities managers to recommend that they take the right steps to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors, and to restore confidence", says P-Wave sales & marketing manager Mark Wintle.
21st October was Thank your Cleaner Day - and those making up the management team at Principle Cleaning Services really went out of their way to let the 2,200-plus members of the cleaning team, know how valued they are.
All the cleaners were given shopping vouchers and chairman Douglas Cooke, the directors and the senior management team, spent the day individually visiting as many of the cleaning teams as possible, to personally deliver a heartfelt 'thank you'.
UMF Corporation has announced the recipient of the company's first annual Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award, which acknowledges the contributions of guest room attendants (GRAs) at hotels across the US.
Katrina Minnis, a GRA at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, is the recipient of this year's award, which celebrates the workers who serve as the first line of defence in ensuring a safe hotel environment.
In a world where changing health & safety information is more important than ever before, CheapOair has announced several enhancements to its initiative to increase customers' confidence in making travel decisions.
Customers will be able to view up to date Covid-19 safety and cleaning protocols for individual airlines through a mobile application. This feature is a collaboration with long-time strategic partner ATPCO, which has partnered with hundreds of airlines to create a comprehensive and standardised list of safety regulations.
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