ACCREDITATION Vision Gelpack has been awarded UN accreditation for its range of healthcare and clinical waste collection products.

The UK manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks was formed following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group.

With sacks in five, 10, 12 and 30kg design weights, the range includes yellow sacks for hazardous waste incineration and orange sacks for alternative treatment of infectious


CAPACITY The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has announced the appointment of experienced FM consultant Patrick Jongbloet to its Secretariat function.

In a newly created role, Patrick will undertake a range of responsibilities including co-ordinating all the BCC’s budgets and financial activity, and the management of external suppliers.

Prior to joining the BCC, Patrick has spent over 20 years working in

waste at a licensed/permitted facility. The five and 10kg sacks are star-welded for improved seal strength, while the 30kg sacks are ADR/RID approved for the bulk transport of dangerous goods by road and rail.

The company also manufactures yellow bags with black stripes, commonly referred to as ‘Tiger’ sacks, for the collection and disposal of non- infectious/offensive waste by deep landfill, incineration or Energy from Waste (EfW).

the facilities management sector, including 10 years as a senior consultant with the FM Guru consultancy and five years at Emprise Services. Clients he has worked with include the Eurotunnel, Primark, and the Royal Mail Group. He holds an MBA gained through The Open University, and has worked with public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Working closely with BCC Secretary General Pat Wherton, Patrick will also be responsible for a number of planning and reporting tasks, and supporting Pat and the BCC Executive across various projects and campaigns. His new role will also see him as the main point of contact between the BCC Executive and the 21 trade and membership associations which make up the Council.

Commenting on Patrick’s appointment, BCC Chair Stan Atkins said: “Continuing


Vision Gelpack is part of Visionscape’s European operations, which also includes Vision Petlon Polymers, Sellers Containers, and Vision Environmental S.A.

the success in growing its membership, expanding its support services to members, and increasing its participation in the field of policy influence, the BCC has acknowledged the need for additional staff resources to take us on to another level. Further, with the Cleaning Show now established as an annual event which requires more resources, this is the right time to increase the Council’s capacity.

“Patrick’s credentials are incredibly

strong, and he has worked across a wide range of sectors which mirror the diverse membership and multi- faceted work of the Council. I’m confident he will be a great asset, and will add extensive value to the both BCC and our membership.”

Patrick added: “The BCC is the undisputed voice of cleaning in the UK, an industry which is worth over £24bn to the national economy and employs 700,000 people. I’m therefore greatly looking forward to using my experience gained over two decades within FM and related industries to support the Council and its members, helping to strengthen this vitally important and dynamic sector in the process.”

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