All the products you need for a school deep clean.

All the products you need for a school deep clean.
With the summer school holidays now just around the corner we highlight a collection of cleaning equipment handpicked for the deep cleaning of schools and other education buildings, of course as well as other spaces.

Considerations have included medium to large areas, with reusable products which include microfibre and wet mopping systems.

You can also download a schematic for these products, as well as a wider range of cleaning equipment in the Education & Public Sector Range.

Some of the products are shown below, but to see the full range please click 👇


Products
Cobweb & Dust Collector
Close-bristled, wire frame brush ideal for reaching and trapping dust and cobwebs.
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Caddy Clean Scrubbing Machine
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Sweeper Mop
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Big White Prairie Mop
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Buffalo Bucket & Wringer
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Floor Pads
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Door Stop with Handle
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Cleano Range
An innovative telescopic tool, designed to enable easier, faster and safer cleaning of larger and hard to reach window and flat surfaces.
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Magic Erase-all Sponge
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Griddle Kit
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Large Fogger
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Octopus Cleaning Tool
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Floor Squeegee
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Wooden Brooms
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News

School’s out! How educational facilities can make the most of the summer season.

Peter Jones, regional sales manager at Robert Scott, provides his cleaning know-how and recommended approach for deep cleaning educational facilities during the summer holidays.

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How to achieve optimum food safety and enhance sustainability.
Today, as businesses strive to reduce their environmental impact and improve sustainability, how can they ensure the products they use are both effective and comply to the same regulatory standards required?
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Robert Scott appoints head of procurement.
Cleaning product manufacturer and distributor Robert Scott has appointed Darren Williamson as its new head of procurement.
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School’s out! How educational facilities can make the most of the summer season

Peter Jones, regional sales manager at Robert Scott, provides his cleaning know-how and recommended approach for deep cleaning educational facilities during the summer holidays.
 
Preparation and product audit 

The summer break provides the perfect opportunity to conduct a meticulous deep clean of facilities and buildings. It’s important to implement an initial action plan before the summer break, this will help save time and improve the efficiency of any deep cleaning programme. This should focus on completing a rigorous clean of those areas that cannot be completed as part of daily cleaning regimes during term time or have less attention due to time constraints or obstructions.

One area that can often be overlooked is where you store your cleaning products and equipment. While deep cleaning this area, it’s an ideal time to take stock and complete a full audit of your equipment – removing any products that don’t get used or that perhaps need replacing so that you can consider what equipment you should invest in ahead of the new school year. This could mean replacing disposable products with reusable alternatives, clearing out unused chemical cleaning agents, or considering where you can introduce more sustainable products into your inventory.
 
A methodical approach

Once these tasks have been completed, the next stage is to conduct a thorough deep clean of all surfaces including floors, walls and so on. A methodical approach is key to cleaning any educational facility. Ensuring staff understand and are properly trained to implement a two-stage process, firstly to clean and secondly to sanitise and disinfect, will deliver the most effective deep clean throughout. Preparation for a deep clean should include the removal of any obstructions and furniture so that any debris in hard-to-reach areas can be properly cleaned.

 
Cleaning and disinfecting 

Once preparation is complete, all surfaces should be thoroughly swept and dusted to remove debris. The V-sweeper works well in larger areas, allowing each section to be swept and dusted efficiently, and can be used with either traditional cotton mop pads or microfibre. If the removal of tables and chairs in classrooms isn’t possible, the sweeper tool enables easy dusting under and around objects.

Using a handheld tool, such as the Flexi Cleaning Tool, also works well here as it can be manipulated into shape to clean the trickiest places. Using a microfibre sleeve, this tool is designed to pick up dirt and debris and can be used with a range of telescopic handles.

For areas where dirt, such as chewing gum or dried-on grime, has built up – a tool such as a floor scraper is ideal for most hard surfaces.

Once dust and debris have been removed, all surfaces should be cleaned before being disinfected to kill germs and bacteria. This should be carried out across all areas, paying particular attention to high touch point areas.
For cleaning and disinfecting, it’s worth considering the materials used in your products, such as mops and cloths, as there are many options on the market now made from recycled materials.

Robert Scott manufactures a range of mops and cloths made from recycled yarns; microfibre cloths and flat mops are also a suitable long-lasting option as microfibre can be laundered and reused many times. We also supply a range of products made from sustainably sourced materials such as FSC-certified brush ware, as well as recycled plastic spray bottles and buckets.

We’ve also launched a new range called Ecofibre which includes the Ecofibre cloth – made from 55% recycled plastic and offering the same cleaning power of traditional microfibre, and the Ecofibre scourer – a recycled, non-scratch scouring pad for tough, eco-friendly cleaning that’s made using 40% plant fibres including nut shells and 15% recycled polyester.

The other area where sustainability gains can be made is looking at alternative cleaning agents. For example, Toucan Eco is a powerful, eco-friendly, and safe disinfectant cleaner that’s produced on-demand from water, salt and electricity. Its active compounds are hypochlorous acid and a low concentration of sodium hypochlorite, which create a powerful yet safe solution, reducing the need for over 80% of synthetic chemical cleaners and the single-use plastic bottles they are supplied in. The solution is proven to kill up to 99.999% of germs and is certified to EN antiviral and antibacterial tests.

It can be used with the Toucan Eco 1-Litre Worktop units, as well as the larger Active Plus unit that can be installed on site and is ideal for larger facilities.

Floorcare focus 

The longer holiday period presents an ideal time for deep cleaning floors using rotary machines or scrubber dryers. For deep cleaning, we recommend standard floor pads for the stripping of floors in preparation for polishes and sealants being laid, and KGS Flexis floor pads for maximum performance. They’re a good example of sustainable innovation in this area as they’re made with microcrystal technology and, when used wet, they don’t require a chemical agent. You can strip and polish using a step-by-step process with different pad types, but for maximum performance we recommend the four-step process of Flexis – red, blue, yellow, and green in sequence and each with five passes using water.

After stripping has taken place, the final stage is laying polish to seal the floor. The Microtex Kit is the perfect tool for doing this as it creates a smooth and even finish. You can also use a microfibre window cleaning sleeve and T-bar applicator which fits a handle – this is an effective and quick way of applying floor polishes.

Although facilities will be closed to pupils and staff, it’s also important to remember that risk assessments should always be adhered to, and appropriate signage used to maintain optimum health and safety standards.

Clean Beaches Week 2022

June 28, 2022

The first week in July sees the return of the annual Clean Beaches Week, 7 days of celebrating our sandy shores. Initially an American tradition, the awareness day has spread across the globe, with thousands more people now helping to highlight the importance of clean beaches.

Now in its 19th year, Clean Beaches Week was first introduced in 2003, to coincide with American Independence Day and help to keep the US beaches litter free before the 4th of July celebrations begin. Whilst still very heavily celebrated in the USA, other countries have now also adopted the cause and Clean Beaches Week is now bigger than ever, growing year on year.

The aim of Clean Beaches Week

The aim of Clean Beaches Week has remained the same throughout its entirety – to raise the awareness of the importance of clean beaches and proactively support litter-free coastlines across the world. Established with simple strategies in place for the public, which are easy to follow but with minimal effort. These include respecting both the ocean and sands, by taking waste home and ensuring you are not damaging any coastal habitats or structures which have been put in place to support the coastal activities.

The awareness week highlights the natural wonders of our oceans and beaches and tries to indicate to the public the dangers that will occur if we mistreat and disrespect them.

What is the problem & why is it important?

Beach litter is a growing issue, especially during the summer months and holiday season. With more people heading to the beaches around the globe, we see an influx of wrongfully discarded waste. The majority of waste which is littered is done so purposefully, but whether it was littered with intent or not, it is all unsightly, unpleasant, and very hazardous. It is dangerous to the wildlife on beaches, including sea birds and beach creatures who view the litter as food and wrongfully consume them, this almost always leads to their death. This also happens as they enter the oceans to the sea life and fish, who unfortunately see the same fate – it has its own negative effects on the seafood which we consume, which could cause harm to us too.

Although you may not have disposed of the waste in the oceans, changing tide times will see the litter that was left on sandy shore soon enter the oceans and being taken out to sea to harm the ocean environment.

The dangers that unclean beaches may have on the environment is why it is so important to support causes such as this. Clean Beaches Week and other associated awareness activities are highlighting the issues which are associated with beach litter, and the dangers it causes – which gives hope this will deter people from causing the problems and prompt better waste management.

Litter picking for a cleaner planet - bags available from Cromwell Polythene

How can you get involved?

Getting involved with Clean Beaches Week can be as minimal as taking your waste home when you leave the beach, or finding an adequate bin. Encouraging others to manage their waste better is also a great step towards meeting the set goals.

Go the extra mile and help clean up other people’s waste by carrying out beach cleans and litter picks. The Summer months always see an influx of waste, in particular in outdoor spaces such as beaches as more people are out enjoying the warmer weather. This is the perfect opportunity to carry out a beach litter pick – helping to collect all wrongfully discarded materials before it has a chance to cause damage to wildlife or enter our oceans.

Finally, local authorities could promote cleaner beaches and better waste management in the form of education – this could be achieved with the implementation of anti-litter posters and social media posts. Cromwell has devised some anti-litter marketing material that is free to download and use around your hot spot litter areas. Whilst of course there is no guarantee this will reduce litter impacts, it will certainly highlight the message of a cleaner environment and hopefully, encourage the achievement of this.

Download Beach Litter Poster A4 – Digital

Download Beach Litter Poster A4 – Print ready

Download Beach Litter Poster A5 – Digital

Download Beach Litter Poster A5 – Print ready

Download Beach Litter Social Media Post

Conclusion

Clean Beaches Week 2022 is running from the 1st of July until the 7th – but the messages it encourages and the goals it aims to achieve should be followed annually to help keep our planet a beautiful, clean and safe place to live, for this and future generations.

Greenwashing

20 June 2022
‘Greenwashing’ is a form of marketing, often used to describe the process of spending more time and money on marketing something as ‘green’, rather than looking for proven, sustainable solutions. It can give a false impression that a company’s products and methods are more environmentally-friendly than they are. The methods used can be misleading and claims are often unsubstantiated.

Be curious when selecting your chemical cleaning products. 

Some examples of Greenwashing are:

‘All natural ingredients’

Some chemicals can be derived from natural plant based sources, but obtaining the amounts required in our industry is often unsustainable without using synthetics. Some of the newer synthetic variants can actually be more effective.

‘Eco-friendly’ ‘Non-toxic’

Widely used but unregulated terms. Check product labels and Safety Data Sheets, as products may still contain substances which are harmful. All ingredients and processes have some environmental imapact, even water!

‘Green’ logos and markings

Labels and promotional material often contain imagery which implies green credentials, without any supporting data. They are often misleading and special attention should be paid to any * fine print.

The Competition and Markets Authority launched its GREEN CLAIMS CODE as part of a wider campaign during COP 26. Its purpose is to help businesses understand and comply with obligations under consumer protection law when making environmental claims. More information can be found on the GOV.UK website https://greenclaims.campaign.gov.uk/.

You can download a copy of this information HERE.

Free Downloadable Anti Litter Pack

June 20, 2022

Across the globe, there is one environmental issue that all countries share, and this is littering. You can find litter waste scattered across our beaches, countrysides, paths, roads, and parks.

In the UK studies have found that 80% of litter is done purposefully, with the guilty party showing no intention of responsibly disposing of this waste. Other instances will include accidental littering, like leaks from bins or bags, or simply leaving rubbish behind without realising it. Whether intentional or accidental, it is a danger to the environment and the earth’s wildlife, as well as being highly unsightly.

Helping Reduce Litter Levels

There are some simple ways you can try to deter the litterers, this can be done by anti-littering promotion. At Cromwell, good waste management is at the heart of what we do, so reducing litter levels is a goal that we strive for. To help us achieve this, we have recently developed an anti-littering promotional pack, free to download and used by all.

The pack consists of posters, social media images and videos for posting, and an information leaflet. The posters and social media posts have 4 different designs, all of which are targeting hotspot litter areas or problems, these include dog waste, Flytipping and littering in areas such as beaches and streets.

The idea behind the development of the pack was that these posters can be displayed around hotspot areas, or shared on social media by local councils, residents, businesses, etc to help raise the awareness of littering. The 4 different designs which we created can be used in the appropriate area, as an example, the beach litter posters will be ideal for coastal areas or holiday parks.

The leaflets can be shared digitally or printed and displayed in shops, reception areas, and holiday park resorts, all of which receive high footfall of potential readers.

These anti litter posters are FREE to download, share, print, and used by anyone who wishes to do so, see the collection below and download your desired material – there is no limit to the number you can download.

Other sizes are available upon request, please contact marketing@cromwellpolythene.co.uk.

Beach

Download Beach Litter Poster A4 – Digital

Download Beach Litter Poster A4 – Print ready

Download Beach Litter Poster A5 – Digital

Download Beach Litter Poster A5 – Print ready

Download Beach Litter Social Media Post

Countryside

Download Countryside Litter Poster A4 – Digital

Download Countryside Litter Poster A4 – Print ready

Download Countryside Litter Poster A5 – Digital

Download Countryside Litter Poster A5 – Print Ready

Download Countryside Social Media Post

Street Litter

Download Street Litter Poster A4 – Digital

Download Street Litter Poster A4 – Print Ready

Download Street Litter Poster A5 – Digital

Download Street Litter Poster A5 – Print Ready

Download Street Litter Social Media Post

Dog Foul

Download Dog Foul Poster A4 – Digital

Download Dog Foul Poster A4 – Print ready

Download Dog Foul Poster A5 – Digital

Download Dog Foul Poster A5 – Print Ready

Download Dog Foul Social Media Post

Leaflet

Download Anti-litter Leaflet

Although all the above material is free to use – please do not edit or rebrand these in any way, this is due to the licensing and copywriting on the material.

We welcome you all to download and use the above material – our goal is to help create a cleaner, greener, and more resourceful planet, and our new anti-litter pack is a step towards this sustainable goal.

How to achieve optimum food safety and enhance sustainability

Cleanliness is one of the most critical elements of food safety. According to the Food Standards Agency, failure to clean thoroughly is one of the most common reasons why food businesses are prosecuted.

Historically, catering and facilities managers have predominantly used synthetic chemicals across all areas – from food preparation to dining rooms to comply with the necessary regulation for disinfection and sanitation. Today, as businesses strive to reduce their environmental impact and improve sustainability, how can they ensure the products they use are both effective and comply to the same regulatory standards required?

Steve Courtney, Toucan Eco product specialist at UK distributor Robert Scott, explains more.

“When addressing cleanliness as part of food safety, it’s important to understand how to clean effectively. This encompasses everything from cleaning and disinfecting food areas and equipment between different tasks, especially after handling raw food, to choosing the right products that are effective for cleaning and disinfecting.

“Disinfection products must meet the BS EN standards BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697 and be approved as food safe. Businesses should pay particular attention to contact times for efficacy to kill bacteria and viruses and should only use disinfectants on visibly clean surfaces. They don’t work effectively if the surface is covered in grease or visible dirt – this is where you should use a cleaning product first,” he continued.

A sustainable solution

Toucan Eco is one such product that reduces environmental impact and is certified to BS EN 1276, 13697 and UK Biocide Regulations under Product Type 4. The Toucan Eco system electrolyses a combination of tap water and normal salt to create a powerful, food safe and eco-friendly disinfectant cleaner that kills up to 99.999% of germs, including Coronavirus. It’s a low carbon technology that replaces over 80% of synthetic cleaning chemicals, reduces plastic waste, energy and water usage and transportation. And, once installed, operating costs are minimal.

“By switching to Toucan Eco, for every typical five litre plastic bottle you’re saving over 10 litres of water, four million joules of energy, and a quarter of a litre of oil. And, for every ton of plastic, you’re saving about six tonnes of CO2.

“Toucan Eco doesn’t contain any synthetic chemicals or fragrances, 99.99% of the solution is water, and the pH of the solution is a gentle 7.8 to 8.5 so it’s not aggressive like bleach and, as it’s safe, you don’t need protective clothing or PPE,” Steve added.

The proof is in the pudding

The Restaurant Group (TRG) is one of the UK’s biggest hospitality groups with a portfolio of over 400 restaurants and pubs. The Group also operates a multi-brand concessions business which trades in over 45 outlets across 30 brands, principally in UK airports.

In spring 2021, TRG began the roll out of Toucan Eco across 210 sites, comprising 80 pubs and 130 leisure facilities. At the end of 2021, as a result of using the Toucan Eco system, the Group saved 2.7 tonnes of plastic packaging, and 35,000 tonnes of chemical distribution. It’s now being used to hygienically clean all hard surfaces across the 210 sites, using a spray and wipe method on worktops, tables and chairs – anything that staff and customers are encountering – and replaces 11 chemicals the Group previously bought in.

Steve added: “Toucan Eco doesn’t replace heavy degreasers or descalers, although it is effective if used as part of a daily clean, where grease and dirt hasn’t built up. The results that TRG has achieved are proof of the significant environmental benefits and cost savings that Toucan Eco can deliver, while also meeting the necessary regulations for food safety.”

To see how Toucan Eco could work for your business, please visit www.toucaneco.co.uk for more information.

A fresh perspective on washroom hygiene

The world of washroom hygiene presents a host of environmental opportunities for the cleaning sector. New materials and products are regularly coming to market designed to lessen the impact on the environment and reduce waste, while also providing effective alternatives to using harsh chemical cleaning agents in regular regimes. The challenge is sourcing and manufacturing products that meet these requirements while also delivering a hygienic clean in washroom areas.

In this article, Gill Ireson, head of sales at Robert Scott discusses which products are proving, time and again, to be most effective and those that are making a real difference for end users in the washroom hygiene category.

Duop Reach cleaning tool

Duop Reach is a versatile, extendable cleaning tool featuring a unique, ergonomic ball and socket joint making cleaning strain-free for users and perfect for hard-to-reach areas in washrooms.
The kit comprises the Duop Reach extendable handle, removable quickball and pad holder, four microfibre pads, five Hi-shine microfibre cloths and spray bottle. The handle helps to clean hard to reach surfaces, while users can also remove the head for targeted hand cleaning, making it one of the most versatile products for washrooms with multiple surface heights and materials.

The washable microfibre pads provide a quick and effective method of removing 99.9 per cent of harmful bacteria without the need for chemicals and effectively clean away dirt, dust and microorganisms.

The pads easily attach to the head and can be used dry for dusting, or simply with water to lift and remove dirt. A cleaning pad is available for heavy duty cleaning and a glass pad can be used for windows and shiny surfaces, such as taps and handles.

The toilet brush reinvented 

The Loowy replaces old-fashioned, dirt-gathering toilet brushes with an antibacterial, water-repellent silicone waveform blade for cleanliness. It’s also quick-drying, easy to rinse and incredibly durable.
By staying clean and clog-free, it lasts far longer than a conventional toilet brush, saving money and reducing plastic waste. It’s an ideal brush for general use but also where brushes aren’t left next to toilets, as it can be easily moved without unhygienic drips.

The perfect finish 

Hi-shine microfibre cloths are ideal for achieving a spotless finish in washrooms, designed to give a fast, smear-free clean on glass, steel and shiny surfaces thanks to the unique properties of the microfibre fabric. Hi-shine cloths can be used wet or dry and are highly absorbent and quick-drying.

For general cleaning, the new Ecofibre cloth offers the cleaning power of traditional microfibre, with the environmental benefit of using recycled plastic bottles in its production. Each cloth is made from 55% recycled plastic, with two recycled bottles in each Ecofibre cloth. The Ecofibre cloth offers exceptional cleaning with its ultrafine microfibres which have a completely different structure to woven cotton cloths. Much like traditional microfibre, the Ecofibre cloth can be used dry or damp with your chosen solution and works effectively using just tap water.
 
A smarter cleaning solution

When looking at cleaning agents for washrooms, Toucan Eco is an effective, disinfectant cleaning solution that uses nothing more than water, salt and electricity.

The Toucan Eco system uses an electrical current to activate a solution of water and salt, creating active compounds of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and a low concentration of sodium hypochlorite (NaClO). This creates a powerful, eco-friendly and safe solution, reducing the need for over 80% of synthetic chemical cleaners and the single-use plastic bottles they are supplied in. The solution is proven to kill up to 99.999% of germs and is certified to EN antiviral and antibacterial tests.

Holiday Parks – are you ready for an influx of waste?

With the Summer months within touching distance, holiday season is fast approaching and soon UK beaches and holiday parks will see a flood of people throughout the peak season. The peak season for many holiday and caravan parks begins in mid-July until early September, to accommodate for the Summer School Holidays. During this time, these venues see a huge increase in visitors and guests, as holiday go-ers in their thousands head to the coast and countryside. Although this increase in holidaymakers is great for revenue, waste levels also see a huge influx.

An increase in people will always see an increase in waste – but it also sees an increase in litter and other negative waste management practices. There are many different areas of the resorts that will experience a waste spike.

Hospitality / Foodservice

Lot’s of these resorts offer some form of onsite catering and drinks facilities such as a pub, café or bar. These of course will increase in popularity during peak season and as such waste. More food waste will occur, as will beverage wastage such as glass bottles and cans. There will also be a rise in fast food and takeaway waste, as people tend to opt for a quick, convenient option rather than cooking – this is where food packaging and food waste itself see an influx.

Entertainment

A hot spot place to visit whilst on holiday are the entertainment zones, this could include areas from the amusements, to live entertainment venues. Again another area where waste is a growing issue where different forms of rubbish are produced, including paper and sweet wrappers from arcade prizes, to plastic cups and bottles and even loose balloons. The more people who visit these areas, the greater the likelihood of irresponsible waste handling.

Around the park

An increase in footfall around the park itself very often leads to an increase in littering. Whether purposeful or unintentional, littering is not only unsightly but can be very dangerous to the environment and wildlife. Litter is any form of waste that is discarded on the floor, in trees or bushes, etc. instead of binned.

The Beach

The holiday parks are not alone when it comes to litter – the sandy UK Shores are also hot spots for litter and waste during the summer holidays. Buckets, spades, beach toys, fishing equipment, food packaging, and much more are all waste that is found on the coastlines. These forms of waste are not only hazards to the environment but also often taken out to sea when tide times change. The sad reality is that these items are very often left purposefully.

The Solution

Now we know what the issues are, why and where they occur, we can try to take steps to tackle them. The first is to ensure there are enough waste collection facilities on site. This could either mean introducing new bins or even just collecting and clearing the existing ones more during peak season. For this, you must ensure that you have enough bags to accommodate for new bins or an influx in collections. We have an extensive range of bin liners and refuse sacks, made from over 95% recycled material, which are ideal for waste capture and collection. We cater for an array of bin sizes, all available in a range of colours and capacities based on your bin requirements. If you are unsure of what application is best, our friendly team of waste experts can help you and provide free samples.

It could also be an idea to reiterate the message of anti-littering. We have some posters, social media posts, and leaflets that you can download, free of charge, and use around your holiday park to try and warn people off littering. Ask us about our anti-litter download pack.

Poor waste management is a choice, help your visitors choose the right option!

Smells and Pest Infestation with Litter

June 8, 2022

Both public and residential waste go through many different spikes and amends as the seasons change throughout the year – the odour of the waste is particularly affected during the summer months. There is a notable influx of waste during the summer months, with a WWF report stating a litter rise of up to 40%. This is mainly down to increased footfall, traffic, and just people being out and about more in general as the weather improves. Although the improvement in the weather may be a positive for most, it could be having an adverse effect on our waste.

Increase in Smell

The warmer weather during the Summer season may be affecting our waste in ways you didn’t expect, one way your waste could be altered is a potential increase in smell. As waste begins to decay, it often emits a pungent odour, this is due to the breakdown of this waste and the microbial aspect which are helping it to decay. The longer waste is left to decompose, especially in an enclosed space, such as a bag or bin, the stronger the smell will become. This odour will be enhanced even further in warmer conditions, as the heat is allowing it to decay much faster.

This means that your waste is emitting a far stronger stench during the Summer months and the increase in bad smells is off-putting to the general public but is attractive to many pests – which is the next issue with summer waste.

Increase in Pests

Smelly waste is a hazard for attracting unwanted pests and insects, from flies and bugs to larger pests such as mice and rats. These pests are not only a hazard to the area where the waste is and can tear into bags which could potentially create an increase in litter, but the waste can also be hazardous to them too. Pests are unsightly, unwanted and potentially dangerous, and the effects that consuming the waste can have on these rodents could be life-threatening to them. We see images of waste inside the stomachs of seagulls and rats – which they have consumed from ‘attractive’ litter. This seems to be a growing issue, so how do we tackle it?

Solutions

Of course, the easiest solution is to not litter and have better overall management of your waste. The less litter that is in our environment, the less chance of pest infestation – this comes from taking litter home or simply finding a bin to dispose of waste. However, the bins themselves are also attributing to the issue.

There are solutions to this problem too, one of which is more consistent collections of waste. The longer waste is left to ‘cook’ in high temperatures, the more potent the smell it emits will be, however, if these bins are emptied on a more regular basis, this reduces the chances of smells and pest infestations.

Increasing the frequencies of collections is not always possible, so what are the other solutions? Using better bags is one of the easiest ways to control waste odour. Thicker bags will help to contain the smells better than lower micron bags – these are lessening the chances of attracting pests. They are also helping to contain the waste better, by reducing the chances of waste spillages from pest attacks. You could also use an anti-microbial liner which will help to prevent the growth of bacteria from an increase in temperatures. Scented liners are also a good solution that will help combat the smell. Cromwell has a bag which incorporates both of these solutions with our Sansafe Anti-microbial and Scented liner.

In conclusion

An increase in temperatures will almost certainly affect the chance of pest infestation and smelly waste – but there are solutions you can put in place to tackle these, which will help find a sustainable solution. Talk to our team to discuss your requirements.

Litter Hotspots – Why & Where?

Litter Hotspots – Why & Where?

June 2, 2022

The summer months are fast approaching, which means more people will be out enjoying the warmer weather. However, the flip side also means there will be an influx of abandoned litter too. In a study carried out by the WWF, litter sees a 40% increase in the summer months, this is across the entirety of the UK, including beaches, countrysides, streets, and pathways. But what is the reason behind this sudden influx?

Why?

Simply put, the higher the footfall, the greater the possibilities of waste crimes such as littering. The warmer weather and longer days of sunlight during the summer months see more and more people out and about enjoying the lighter nights and hotter temperatures. Not only that but with no school and the holiday season in full swing during this time, another influx of people is inevitable.

With an increase in population in certain areas, it will of course increase the likelihood that waste will be produced, and whilst we always encourage people to handle waste responsibly, reiterating the message doesn’t always guarantee people will follow it. Discarded litter is left behind by many individuals, dropping them on the ground, stashing them in bushes and hedgerows, leaving them on walls, and even in some cases throwing or hanging them from trees – which is very common for dog waste bags.

It is important to note not everyone litters their waste – many do take good care and bin the rubbish. The increase in footfall can often cause some bins to become full and begin to overflow, unintentionally causing litter. Many may see an overflowing bin and add their waste to the exposed pile – this IS littering, in this instance, the best solution would be to find a bin that is not overfilled or to simply take all rubbish home.

Where?

So now we know why this litter is happening, it is also good to understand where it is happening. You will find litter in almost every corner of the globe, but some areas can experience far higher litter levels than others.

Holiday parks, entertainment resorts like zoos and theme parks, beaches, local parks and even sporting fields are often areas that see increases in popularity during summer.

What is the solution?

By understanding the why and where, you can put some plans in place to help tackle the issue. One would be introducing more bins in hot spot areas with high traffic – these additional bins will encourage good waste management, and try prevent the waste from being mishandled. If more bins are not an option or the area already has sufficient numbers of bins, perhaps try increasing the consistency of waste collections. This will help to keep the bins from becoming too full and overflowing.

Anti-litter posters are also a great way to try and deter waste crime. They are a cost-effective solution to help spread the message, not only could it try to discourage the act of littering but it could include information such as where the nearest bins are – this knowledge may help reduce the impacts.

Littering is a criminal offense and the guilty party can be fined up to £2,500 in court. However, these legal fines are often not known or implemented. Many are calling for stricter penalties for litterers or fly-tippers, for the actual penalties to be implemented, and even more widely spoken of and known. These fines can be implemented on the posters, in the hopes they will stop people from committing the offenses and correctly disposing of their waste.

Cromwell’s anti-litter pack

Cromwell has devised an anti-litter pack, which has posters, social media post graphics, and an information booklet, all of which are FREE to download, for people to use in their hotspot litter areas.

Keep an eye out for this new pack, as it will be released in the coming weeks.

Tackle litter with our litter picking bags.