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MANUFACTURING TEAM AWARD FOR


DEB GROUP Skin care solutions experts Deb Group has won a prestigious team award at the Manufacturing Champions Awards, after being recognised for its commitment to waste reduction.


Located in Denby, Derbyshire, The Deb European Operations Team fought off stiff competition in the Manufacturing Team category from brands including Weetabix, Coca-Cola, and Glenmorangie to take home the award, which was presented by BBC TV presenter Steph McGovern at a ceremony held in Manchester.


The team won the award after showcasing its dedication to tackling a major waste challenge resulting in combined cost savings of £750,000, increasing plant capacity by 2% and an extra 1.5% in sales revenue.


A culture of waste elimination has been embedded within Deb Group. Manufacturing staff now understand that waste is much more than a piece of rubbish left on the


PARIS INVADED BY RATS


A build-up of rats in Paris following the worst rainfall in 100 years has sparked a debate about cleanliness in the French capital.


In the wake of severe flooding along the banks of the river Seine, the rats


floor, communication is improved, waste management training is commonplace, and there’s a shared responsibility and enthusiasm for delivering continuous improvement.


Andy Hume, European Manufacturing Manager of Deb Group, said: “The major success of the project was largely down to engaging the workforce and the collaborative work of the manufacturing teams, who have taken on the responsibility, embraced the challenge, and positively adapted to the


have been seen ‘invading’ areas close to tourist spots.


In a video taken by rubbish collectors in the city, swarms of rats are seen trapped in plastic rubbish bins near the Musée d’Orsay and the Pont Royal, while tourists spotted a group


new changes. Without their enthusiasm and hard work, we would have never achieved this fantastic result.


“In England alone, we generate 177 million tonnes of waste every year, which costs businesses a significant amount of money, and ultimately leads to a poor use of resources and environmental damage. Everyone at Deb Group is committed to identifying and reducing all causes of waste.”


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of rats running around outside the Notre Dame cathedral.


Speaking to Le Parisien, a rubbish collector claimed that workers ‘back away’ from bins, and that rats regularly jump at him and his colleagues, and fears one day someone will be seriously injured.


Mao Peninou, Deputy Mayor in charge of city cleanliness, said the capital was aware of the fact that rats can increasingly be seen in public areas. €1.5m has reportedly been invested into solving the city’s rat problem.


It’s estimated that there are now almost twice as many rats as people in Paris (which has a population of 2.2m), and more than half of the rodents are immune to poison. The rats are also believed to carry more parasites than previously thought, including seven that could be a threat to humans.


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