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industry in the UK New research released by the British Cleaning Council (BCC) has cemented the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector’s position as one of the UK’s Top 10 industries, giving a highly detailed picture of the sector.

The latest, revised figures show that the industry contributed £55.5bn to the UK economy in 2018 – a slight rise on previous figures – with turnover soaring in a sector with tens of thousands of businesses.

The latest employment data available, from 2020, shows that there are 1.47m workers in the sector, approximately 5% of the UK workforce and a top UK industry for employment. Other more recent figures show the varying effect the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have had on some parts of the industry, with demand soaring in some areas and shrinking in others.

The report also refers to the change in public attitudes which has put cleaning and hygiene at the top of the agenda, bringing widespread recognition for the vital work of the sector’s previously invisible workforce.

Paul Thrupp, BCC Chairman, said: “Once again, our annual research report provides some fascinating insights into the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector. It testifies to the huge size and importance of the sector, which is one of the 10 biggest in the UK and is a huge contributor to the UK economy. There are early indications of the impact of the pandemic on the sector, with different parts of the industry being affected in different ways.

“During the pandemic, many cleaning and hygiene operatives have continued to do vital work, protecting the health and

Boosting kerbside recycling

Cromwell Polythene has boosted kerbside recycling through 30 local authority contract wins over the past year.

In total, the sacks, bags and liners supplied by Cromwell each year have helped the containment, collection, and treatment of around 1.5m tonnes of dry recyclables. In addition, using these products has helped send 300k tonnes of food waste for composting and anaerobic digestion (AD), and 2m tonnes of general waste for treatment via energy from waste, or landfill.

The most popular order from local authorities across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland has been for Cromwell’s polythene recycling and waste sacks and liners, including the LowCO2

wellbeing of others, while often putting themselves at risk. The public recognises and values this contribution.

“Increased awareness of the importance of cleaning and hygiene means our industry will continue to play a vital role as the UK recovers from the pandemic and into the future. I believe the outlook going forward is very positive.”

The BCC issues a yearly research report on the industry, including national data it has collated. Some of the data available for this year’s report has not been updated by national sources due to the pandemic.

For an electronic copy of the report, email compsec@

County Council had to reject over 10,000 tonnes of waste each year because of contamination from wrong items being put in bins – including 3000 nappies per day, which had to be removed by hand.

As part of its resources and waste strategy, the government has outlined plans for a consistent set of recyclable materials to be collected from all households and businesses. These include weekly food waste collections, and simplification of the process.

t range. Another popular choice

is Cromwell’s compostable sacks and liner range, to support local council food and garden waste recycling collections.

Waste that isn’t segregated properly can result in contamination, meaning materials cannot be recycled. The East Anglian Daily Times recently reported that Suffolk

Cromwell Polythene Managing Director, James Lee, said: “We are proud to support local authorities across the UK with their recycling and waste management strategies. From a practical viewpoint, our sacks, bags, and liners provide the most convenient, hygienic, and economical solution for the capture and containment of resources for recycling. They enable easy separation of materials, thus limiting the chance of contamination, whilst having the lowest environmental impact and save valuable resources being sent to landfill.” 12 | WHAT’S NEW?

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