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WORLD NEWS World News A Ten Billion Pound Problem


It has been revealed that Europe’s litter problem costs a staggering £10billion across the EU each year. The fi gure was announced by Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) at the Clean Europe Network’s ‘Stop Litter Now!’ summit in Brussels at the beginning of December.


And Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of KSB and President of the Clean Europe Network, said that this equates to more than £20 for every man, woman and child across the European Union. He said: “It is a shocking statistic, and one which should startle policy-makers into long- overdue action.


“We welcome the European Commission’s waste directive reference to litter for the fi rst time, that is a signifi cant step forward, but there is still not enough emphasis on litter prevention. We can all argue about who pays the cost of cleaning up, but what is vital is that we prioritise the creation of clean communities in the fi rst place. We want to build and strengthen a culture of cleanliness across Europe.”


The summit brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including NGOs, the public sector and global private sector companies, to showcase what is being done


across the continent to try and adjust negative attitudes and behaviour towards litter, through better communication, education and mentoring. It also highlighted some of the common approaches developed by the Clean Europe Network to tackle litter prevention in practical ways at a European level.


Robertson added: “We are developing a common European methodology for litter measurement, which will be piloted across Europe in 2015. That will help us focus down on where the real problems lie in Europe, and help us all in talking a common language of litter prevention in the future.”


Ryans Cleaning Hoping To Bag Third SFA Award


Ryans Cleaning will be battling to retain the Energy and Environmental Sustainability award at the 2015 Irish Small Firms Association (SFA) National Small Business Awards, as the fi nalists were announced last month.


AJ Noonan, Chairman of the awards’ judging panel and the SFA, offi cially announced the fi nalists for this year’s awards, and Ryans


Cleaning’s nomination in the Energy and Environmental Sustainability category marks the fi fth consecutive year that they have been nominated for an SFA award.


The company was the winner of the same category in 2012 and 2014, and was the fi rst of its kind in Europe to achieve certifi cation in the Event Sustainability Management System ISO 20121. Developed for


the London Olympics, ISO 20121 was designed to help organisations in the events industry improve the sustainability of related products and services.


The SFA Awards aim to celebrate the achievements of small businesses across Ireland, while recognising the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry. After revealing the fi nalists, AJ Noonan said: “The response to the awards programme serves as a reminder that Irish small companies are resilient, putting their best foot forward and seeking recognition for their efforts.


“As well as our seven award categories, we also feature fi ve of the best Emerging New Businesses and I must say that given the quality of the businesses represented this year, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ireland.”


The awards ceremony will take place in March 2015, and will be hosted by patron of the awards, Taoiseach Enda Kenny.


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