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However beautiful your perfect environment might be - whether it's craggy mountains, rolling hills, clear blue lakes, forests and woodlands, stunning coastlines or even interesting cities, the magic is marred if they're litter-strewn or dirty. I don't recall having come across litter when travelling overseas - even when my Greyhound bus, Interrail and hitch-hiking days took me to many less-than-desirable areas - but I don't recall a litter problem in the UK back then either. It's certainly a problem here now and I wonder whether - if I were to travel my old routes again, I'd be just as disappointed to find that standards and 'civic pride' have dropped everywhere else too.
I must say I wasn't surprised to learn that fly-tipping in England increased so dramatically over the past 12 months... the number of incidents rose by 16%, to 1.13 million, with household waste accounting for 65%. Despite the rise in cases, court fines dropped 51%, to 1,313 from 2,672, with their total value decreased by 62%, to £440,000 from £1.2 million. Enforcement actions also fell, by 4%, to 456,000 from 474,000, while the number of fixed penalty notices dropped by 24%, to 57,600 from 75,400. The most common amount of rubbish dumped was equivalent to a small van load (34% of cases), followed by the equivalent of a car boot or less, (26%). Some 39,000 cases were considered enough to fill a tipper lorry, up from 33,000. Clearing up the large incidents cost local authorities £11.6 million, up from £10.9 million.
The rise in fly-tipping can be partly blamed on the pandemic, which caused many of our civic amenity tips to close or dramatically reduce operating hours and suspended many garden refuse and bulky waste collections. As money raised by penalties and fines goes back into Government coffers, I'm puzzled as to why more people weren't employed to apprehend the fly-tippers, to help cover the vastly increased costs of clearing up the mess, rather than fewer being around than there were pre-pandemic. Private landowners have to pay to clear rubbish dumped on their own land, and the National Farmers Union, whose members are suffering badly, is demanding better education for the public and the sharing of information between Government, local authorities, police and the Environment Agency, to ensure more offenders are prosecuted. It's also asking for adequate punishments that deter criminals from dumping waste illegally and easier ways for the public to recycle rubbish. I'm with the NFU all the way on this.
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Ehab Abou-Oaf, currently managing director of Kimberly-Clark's Middle East & Africa business, has been named president, Kimberly-Clark Professional, effective 1st January, 2022. He will be responsible for the company’s business-to-business operations globally, reporting to Mike Hsu, chairman and chief executive officer.
"Since joining Kimberly-Clark, Ehab has strengthened our business in the Middle East and Africa, establishing new routes to market and grown our market share across multiple categories in developing markets including Nigeria and South Africa,” says Mike Hsu.
It is well known that cleaning can sometimes be an under-appreciated industry, however when the pandemic hit, this service was even more fundamental to the functioning of all kinds of organisations. Businesses had to implement deep cleaning practices at high speed. Schools, shops and offices all introduced new cleaning measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and keep their services running.
Here, Ed Walker, head of sales at Lita Group FM, specialist cleaning & facilities management company, shares his insight into how businesses have been operating in recent times, and what this signals about the recovery from the pandemic.
The American Cleaning Institute - in collaboration with International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products, Association of Manufacturers & Formulators of Enzyme Products, and the Household & Commercial Products Association - developed a factsheet on the role of enzymes in detergent products.
"The aim of this factsheet is to explain the role of these important ingredients, their environmental benefits and specific applications in a straightforward way, suitable for all audiences, both technical and non-technical," explains Dr Francis Kruszewski, ACI senior director, human health & safety.
Hand dryers are changing.
To the casual observer, the industry’s physical innovations go without saying. The form factor of the hand dryer has seen considerable advances in recent years, with some manufacturers opting – for instance – for ‘hands in’ designs whereby the user’s hands are placed inside a cavity rather than hovering underneath a device.
With 2.5 million students back at university and 8.9 million pupils in school, it is more important than ever to maintain hand hygiene efforts and curb the spread of Covid and other winter bugs.
Propelair, UK designer and manufacturer of what is claimed to be the world's lowest-water-flush toilet, has entered the Gulf market through a partnership with Dubai-based bathroom and kitchen solutions provider Aquaforce.
Aquaforce, which distributes European bathroom and kitchen products to the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and other Middle Eastern countries and North Africa, is now spearheading the UK manufacturer's expansion through local sales and marketing initiatives and by onboarding local distribution partners throughout the GCC.
After hosting the Contracting Success Conference virtually in 2020, BSCAI was excited to reunite its members and building service contractors for this cornerstone industry event.
Sodexo's cleaning team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, part of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, has a new recruit of the robot variety who has been named Chloe by young patients on the children's ward.
Chloe the robot will be helping the team who keep Stoke Mandeville hospital a clean and safe space for all by ensuring the floors of communal areas, corridors, entrances and the children's wards are kept spotless, whilst her human colleagues concentrate on sanitising touch points around the hospital which is crucial to preventing the spread of infections such as Covid-19.
Spotta Smart Pest Systems has partnered with Stainbusters Cleaning & Hygiene Services as part of a strategic programme to bring full-service, smart bed bug detection and treatment to accommodation-based businesses.
With customers throughout the UK, Stainbusters Cleaning & Hygiene is a well-established, busy industrial cleaning and hygiene company. Using environmentally friendly products, the Yorkshire based company has built a reputation for excellent customer service and efficient treatments of bed bug infestations as part of its hygiene services.
Veolia, one of the UK's leading environmental solutions companies, is taking a stand after reports from frontline staff more than doubled, with a 118% increase compared to the same period last year.
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The UK's largest and most important event in the cleaning & hygiene sector, The Cleaning Show, welcomed more than 4,600 visitors through its doors when it made its triumphant return to London early this month. It marked the industry's first physical event since the UK's national lockdown was lifted, coming at a critical time as cleaning lands high on the agenda of businesses across the country.