'Fatberg' the size of a bus removed from London sewer

23rd of August 2013
'Fatberg' the size of a bus removed from London sewer

A 'fatberg' the size of a double-decker bus has been removed from a London sewer - the UK's biggest ever. The 15-tonne mass of festering food fat mixed with wet wipes and sanitary products threatened to send raw sewage spurting onto the streets.

"We've never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before," said Thames

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UK cleaning company ‘mines’ for precious metals

20th of August 2013
UK cleaning company ‘mines’ for precious metals

A UK cleaning firm is 'mining' for precious metals on the streets of Britain. And Veolia Environmental Services believes it could find up to one million euros in the UK's rubbish.

The company is sifting through street sweepings in search of valuable materials which are said to be routinely lost or discarded. These include fragments of gold and

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US study of detergent ingredients reveals low environmental risk

19th of August 2013
US study of detergent ingredients reveals low environmental risk

A comprehensive study in the USA on key detergent ingredients demonstrates low environmental risk to waterways and river sediments, according to the American Cleaning Institute.

The research, 'Occurrence and Risk Screening of Alcohol Ethoxylate Surfactants in Three US River Sediments Associated with Wastewater Treatment Plants', was published in

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Afidamp Italian distributor survey shows decline in sales

16th of August 2013
Afidamp Italian distributor survey shows decline in sales

The latest survey of the Italian market for distribution of cleaning products by industry association AfidampCOM has highlighted that the sector is dominated by small companies. The majority - 52 per cent - have a turnover of less than one million euros.

The number of businesses with a turnover between 0.5 and one million euros is rising - there

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Eurozone unemployment falls for first time in two years

15th of August 2013
Eurozone unemployment falls for first time in two years

The number of unemployed people in the eurozone has fallen for the first time in over two years, the latest sign the bloc may be on the road to recovery from recession.

In June 24,000 fewer Europeans in the single currency area were jobless compared with May, EU statistics agency Eurostat said. This is the first decrease since April

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Regular touch points to ways we can make hand hygiene better

14th of August 2013
Regular touch points to ways we can make hand hygiene better

Mike Sullivan, managing director of hand hygiene products supplier GOJO Industries - Europe writes his latest hand hygiene blog for the ECJ website. He looks at the importance of surveys, studies and evidence about HAIs and hand hygiene in making crucial improvements in the healthcare sector.

Read it here

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