Category: James’ Diary

10 Nov

Supporting sustainability and innovation across major estates

The British Institute of Facilities Management is due to publish its annual survey into sustainability this month, showing just how seriously the FM profession is taking the increasing demand for sustainable business Like many industries, the facilities management (FM) sector is striving to make more efficient use of resources and reduce waste. Facilities managers are ideally

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04 Oct

Our Recycle Week beach litter research shows recycling on the go needs improvement, but plastic bags not the biggest issue

Last month’s Recycle Week shared the message ‘Recycling – It’s Worth It!’. We couldn’t agree more with this sentiment – sustainability is part of our DNA here at Cromwell Polythene. We are committed to supplying fit for purpose products with the lowest environmental impact for a net ecological gain. Despite products, services and technology being

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01 Sep

What goes around comes around

This month sees Recycle Week take place – running from 25th September to 1st October and championed by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The theme is Recycle – It’s Worth It, focusing on the idea of what goes around, comes around. The concept is to highlight the lifecycle of materials and food from

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22 Aug

Food waste should not be an afterthought in healthcare

As I have previously noted on this blog, good intentions in healthcare don’t sort waste, and there is a clear challenge to improve segregation rates when it comes to hazardous and non-hazardous wastes across the healthcare sector. The proper use of colour-coded bin liners for different grades of hazardous waste is clearly at the front

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10 Jul

Is it harder to recycle when you live in a flat?

The results of a large recycling survey undertaken for coffee producer Nespresso showed that many urban respondents wished they could recycle more. Reasons for not feeling able to recycle included lack of bins, lack of information and – significantly, living in a flat. In fact, while 91% of people surveyed by the company living in

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16 Jun

Quality control

Interesting news from Norway recently as the government committed to tackling rogue operations in its cleaning sector, and improving conditions for cleaning operatives. It’s fantastic to see policymakers take this key issue very seriously – so-called ‘cowboy’ cleaning outfits give everyone a bad name, and their practices can even involve the enslavement of some cleaners

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30 May

Can plastic be circular?

A flurry of stories have recently hit the headlines about plastics and recycling, from demands for a tax on plastic drinking straws to the naming and shaming some of the worst offenders for unrecyclable packaging. This in turn has promoted renewed calls for manufacturers to produce packaging that can be used again and again, and

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