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Filthy loos and waste recycling

Posted on: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Unclean toilets are among the top grievances of consumers, according to new findings.

A study published by Event Washrooms surveyed 2,000 members of the British public.

It found that in addition to filthy loos, many consumers also complained about running out of vital supplies such as toilet paper, with 30 per cent of people citing this as an issue.

The second biggest pet peeve cited by 25 per cent of people were wet seats caused by people failing to clean up after using the loo.

Understandably, 19 per cent were not happy about coming face-to-face with other people's mess left in the toilet bowl. Men were the most likely to complain about this. 

Interestingly, 15 per cent even complained about people not washing their hands after visiting the lavatory. 

An additional three per cent did not enjoy the prospect of hearing other people's conversations while using the toilet.

The same number of people said they were unhappy about queue jumpers, people using their phones and having to wait to use the hand dryer.

Bioenergy

A new innovative solution has been launched as part of a bid to reduce medical waste, it has been revealed.

Ingenium, an environmental services firm, has introduced the Bio-INergy programme, which turns red bag medical waste into solid trash.

The rubbish is then converted into energy and fed back into the grid. 

Commenting on the developments, Heather Dody, chief executive officer of Ingenium, said: "With Bio-INergy they can significantly reduce landfill contribution and deliver measurable results to benefit their sustainability programmes. It's the latest addition to Ingenium's full suite of programmes that demonstrate our drive to consistently provide new ways to make hazardous and other regulated waste sustainable."

The firm said that the process offers a more eco-friendly alternative to autoclave and landfill treatment.

It also reduces the need for biohazardous waste to be sent to landfill. The technology is specifically aimed at tackling medical waste.

Recycling bags

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council has teamed up with BPI Recycled Products to turn used recycling bags into new refuse sacks.

As part of the scheme, BPI has received 20 tonnes of empty recycling sacks from the council and turned them into 60,000 refuse sacks, which can then be used by the local authority.

It is thought that this scheme will help to save tonnes of plastic from being sent to landfill.

Lorcan Mekitarian, commercial director of BPI Recycled Products, said: "Everyone is talking about the circular economy and how businesses should embrace it, but few companies are offering innovative solutions to help companies achieve it. We offer bespoke closed loop recycling schemes where we take our clients' waste products and recycle and regenerate them into second-life products such as refuse and recycling sacks, building films, outdoor furniture and landscaping products."