Appeal for public spiritedness in France

22nd of May 2018 Article by Christian Bouzols
Appeal for public spiritedness in France

French reporter Christian Bouzols on how the authorities are tackling litter more positively.

During its first stage the new campaign to keep Paris clean, launched at the end of March, aimed at shocking the population by showing pictures of Paris covered by heaps of plastic bags, cigarette ends and bottles.

But during a second stage the authorities decided it was better to convey a different message. “We chose t..

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Spring clean vs pavement puffing?

9th of May 2018 Article by Lotte Printz
Spring clean vs pavement puffing?

ECJ’s Scandinavian correspondent Lotte Printz brings bad news from Norway: “cleaning can be
as harmful to your lungs as smoking,” yet ends on a positive note.

Spring is in the air. And so are small particles from cleaning agents. So if you’re planning a good spring cleaning soon in your own home, you might want to think twice. At least as to how you do it.

A recent study from researchers from..

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Taylor Review signals good news for the cleaning industry

25th of April 2018 Article by Simon Freer
Taylor Review signals good news for the cleaning industry

Simon Freer, managing director of SAF Cleaning in the UK, looks at a recent review of employment practices and the potentially positive outcomes for the cleaning sector.

According to government figures, 15 per cent of UK workers are self-employed, according to figures published in October 2017. For the cleaning industry this figure is likely to be very high, contract cleaning especially depends on self-employed staff.

Aro..

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Paris invests in new cleaning equipment

16th of April 2018 Article by Christian Bouzols
Paris invests in new cleaning equipment

As part of Paris’ “cleaning enhancement plan” the city government has invested in 170 new road sweepers and vacuums. Christian Bouzols, ECJ's French correspondent, reports.

At the beginning of February the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, called a press conference in a local workshop to see the new machines that shall be cleaning the streets of the French capital starting next June. The operation was part of t..

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Germany is gearing up for future challenges

5th of April 2018 Article by Alexandra Lachner
Germany is gearing up for future challenges

The cleaning sector in Germany is facing a shortage of workers. ECJ’s Alexandra Lachner speaks to Steffi Reuter of the BIV contract cleaning association.

The basic requirement for career and further professional development options in Germany is the three-year training course for contract cleaners. There are many routes open to apprentices following their initial training, explains Steffi Reuter.

“From fu..

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