Litterbugs and litter heroes

10th of August 2016
Litterbugs and litter heroes

ECJ correspondent Lotte Printz takes a look at waste management and litter attitudes at music festivals in Denmark.

Plastic cups, food wrappers, cigarette butts. The music festival season is upon us. Where 50,000 people (festival-goers, volunteers and artists) are gathered every day of a festival, which is the case at the second-largest festival

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Biofilms - should we worry?

5th of August 2016
Biofilms - should we worry?

Biofilms are everywhere. They are highly resilient; hard to remove and implicated in a staggering 80 per cent of infections. But what exactly are they? Are cleaners aware of the dangers they pose? And should we be scared?

It is the news that none of us wanted to hear: bacteria are becoming organised. We like to think of them as unsophisticated

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Windows - cleaning the glass ceiling

4th of August 2016
Windows - cleaning the glass ceiling

Some windows are harder to clean than others – particularly these days when challenges such as solar panels and angled glass are becoming more common. Ann Laffeaty asks window cleaning companies their opinions on today’s more difficult window-cleaning tasks, and finds out how they cope with them.

What makes a window particularly

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The global cost of tax avoidance

3rd of August 2016
The global cost of tax avoidance

Whether driven by righteous indignation or plain envy, the bandwagon for a crackdown on tax avoidance by the super-rich and multinationals has gathered pace since the Panama Papers revelations. Hartley Milner looks at some of the actions pledged and asks whether there can ever be fairness in our tax systems.

Whether driven by righteous

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The rise of the robots?

2nd of August 2016
The rise of the robots?

Robots are gradually beginning to infiltrate the cleaning industry. But is it ready for them? And will they ever replace people? Robot manufacturers and contract cleaning companies speak frankly to Ann Laffeaty.

Robots used to be the stuff of science fiction. So much so that the idea of using them in our daily lives once seemed absurd. Yet here

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Chemical dispensing - is smart always best?

1st of August 2016
Chemical dispensing - is smart always best?

As a growing number of companies use technology to enhance their dosing systems, is there still a place for traditional chemical dispensing? Or are ‘intelligent’ systems becoming the rule rather than the exception? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

So-called ‘smart’ dispensing systems are increasingly finding their way on to the

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