Category: James’ Diary

01 May

Family fortunes

In a world dominated by global household names like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft, there’s often something reassuring about dealing with a smaller family business. It’s not just me who thinks that, it was a message we heard repeatedly when we exhibited at the recent Manchester Cleaning Show. We’d gone to Manchester prepared to respond to

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04 Apr

A big problem that needs sorting

According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 22,770,000 tonnes of waste from households was collected in 2016 in England. Although the amount has not varied greatly, this is the highest total over the past seven years. It just goes to show the scale of the challenge faced by local authorities in collecting, sorting and disposing of our waste (whether that be through

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20 Mar

A feast of waste

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), in the UK, we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. In addition, WRAP research shows that the UK manufacturing and retail sector wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food and drink a year;

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01 Feb

Bashing the plastics won’t solve environmental issues

It seems to have become the norm to deride plastics and condemn them as bad for the environment. It perhaps started with Blue Planet 2, then there was the UK Government’s 25-Environmental Plan and now the EU plastic strategy meaning the story is gathering pace. Unfortunately, there can be a danger of trying to tackle

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03 Jan

Proud to provide premium products for professional cleaners

Happy New Year. We hope 2017 was a good one for you and wish you all the best for 2018. The New Year often involves making a clean start, which is highly appropriate for one of our business divisions in particular – Janitorial. Professional cleaners and janitorial staff play a vital role in keeping workplaces

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01 Dec

Don’t get down in the dumps about recycling plastics

Preventing waste makes good business sense. For commercial organisations revenue is generated not just by the money saved from sending waste to landfill and the associated charges involved, but from the waste itself. Using materials more efficiently, and managing waste better enables manufacturers to reduce costs, make money and decrease the environmental impact. Defra’s UK

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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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