New ways of dealing with litter

13th of September 2017
New ways of dealing with litter

As French reporter Christian Bouzols writes, the country’s litter problem demands radical action.

Keeping French beaches and public places clean, particularly in the south of the country, is a matter of major concern.

Local authorities involved with this problem are often overworked due to the lack of civic-mindedness and negligence of the

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Hygiene, cost and environment

12th of September 2017
Hygiene, cost and environment

German reporter Alexandra Lachner discusses the pros and cons of ‘green’ hospitals.

Multi-drug resistant bacteria, shortage of trained staff, centralisation:  these are some of the challenges hospitals in Germany have to cope with.  In this context, ‘green’ hospitals may appear to be of marginal interest, but

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Knowledge knocks down sick leave

12th of September 2017
Knowledge knocks down sick leave

Back pain is among the most costly and widespread conditions in Denmark, however mere knowledge is likely to lower work absence, writes Lotte Printz.

There’s no easy way to lower sick leave. Or so it has been said. But now it seems that something as simple as words can do the trick. All it takes to lower back pain-related sick leave

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Cleaning sector gathers in Berlin for CMS and WFBSC Congress

5th of September 2017
Cleaning sector gathers in Berlin for CMS and WFBSC Congress

The German capital Berlin is to host the 2017 Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) this September, alongside the CMS professional cleaning trade exhibition. The congress is being hosted by the German contract cleaning association BIV.

The theme of the programme, which takes place from September 18-20, is

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Working longer = more productive?

21st of July 2017
Working longer = more productive?

Long hours at the grindstone may turn our brains to mush but they can also leave us feeling all warm and virtuous and not a little sniffy about others who appear not to share our work ethic. But for all that, surveys show that we are labouring under an illusion if we believe we are necessarily any more productive, writes Hartley Milner.

The

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Nature provides solutions

4th of July 2017
Nature provides solutions

Will cleaning still be necessary in the near future? Some of the people present at the VSR (Association of Cleaning Research) event on biomimicry at the end of 2016 in the Netherlands asked themselves the same question. Nature provides solutions which means that cleaning may no longer be entirely necessary. Jacco Vonhof, its chairman, writes for

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