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Dennis the Dustcart brightens the day for children

Keeping kids occupied when they’re not in school is a challenge at the best of times, so Dennis Eagle have stepped in to lend a helping hand.

They’ve been sending out Dennis the Dustcart colouring pages from their award-winning workbook ‘Dennis to the Rescue’ to customers and colleagues who are doing the vital job of keeping our streets clean and safe.

“The pages come from our fun, educational workbook aptly named Dennis to the Rescue which we distribute to schools with our partner Skips Educational Ltd to teach children about recycling.

Dennis the Dustcart is the central character that people can relate to, he leads children (and parents) through the recycling process and shows how important it is” said Dennis Eagle Marketing Manager Lee Rowland.

“We’ve been sending out a new page for every week the schools are closed and asking parents to send the finished artwork in to us.  We will be sending them some Dennis Eagle goodies in return.

“The response has been amazing! We’ve even had one of our customers saying she was considering printing a copy for herself and joining the “adult colouring” trend as it’s meant to be therapeutic and stress relieving.

“It’s a small gesture but if it provides a few minutes of light relief it’s worth it. And it also lets our customers and colleagues who are doing such a great job know we are thinking of them.”


Signage that changes as fast as the environment May

In a challenging time, with the whole of the UK in lockdown, reminding people of essential key messages was top priority for Luton Borough Council.

They wanted to “protect the NHS, keep their residents safe and needed a fast and effective way to communicate”.

Their fleet of 26 refuse vehicles were out and about on now very quiet roads and with people at home this provided a high visibility opportunity to use EPIC’s changeable graphics system to install hard hitting messages quickly.

Working in partnership with Luton Borough Council, EPIC produced and installed five different message graphics across their fleet within one week.

Laura Church, Corporate Director, Place and Infrastructure, from Luton Borough Council said: “Keeping our residents safe is top priority for us during these challenging times. We’ve had the flexible signage system for a couple of years now and this enabled us to react quickly to an evolving and unprecedented situation. The team at EPIC were happy to help and together we completed the project and got the message out to residents at the right time.”

Kevin Murton, Managing Director of EPIC Media Group said: “The system we use gives our clients maximum flexibility and affordability. Traditional signage can be difficult and costly to change but our technology allows high visibility messaging to be a part of all marketing and communication campaigns, not just the big projects.

“Given the challenging circumstances we are all dealing with, I am proud of the way our team delivered this project in a timely fashion, maintaining social distancing, keeping themselves and our clients safe.”


TOMRA welcomes Scotland’s DRS passing into law

Reverse vending company TOMRA has welcomed the news that on Wednesday 13 May, Scotland’s “landmark” deposit return scheme (DRS) was passed into law by the Scottish Parliament.

“We are delighted that the final legislation for Scotland’s deposit return scheme has now been approved by the Scottish Parliament,” said Managing Director of TOMRA Collection Solutions UK & Ireland, Truls Haug.

“This ambitious, wide-ranging DRS confirms Scotland’s place at the forefront of the circular economy. At a time when the world is changing in many ways, it is important that we continue to take steps to safeguard the planet for the future.

“This landmark DRS will see Scotland become the first part of the UK to implement a DRS, and the model is one to aspire to.”

The ‘return to retailer’ scheme will place a 20p refundable deposit on drinks containers and will include glass, as well as PET bottles, steel and aluminium cans. This sets out to provide the basis for a scheme that could help see the return of over 90% of drinks containers for recycling within just two years of being introduced, TOMRA says.

The scheme is set to roll out in July 2022, with a system operator to be introduced shortly to manage the set up and maintenance of the scheme.

“We look forward to working with all parties to help ensure a successful launchWe fully appreciate that in the current climate, retailers, producers and the public must have sufficient time to prepare.

“Caring for our planet and each other has never been more important. Scotland is truly doing its part to help turn off the tap to plastic pollution, and we encourage the rest of the UK to adopt a similar scheme as quickly as possible.”

TOMRA has already operated a number of deposit return trials with retailers across the UK and is ready to assist businesses as they prepare themselves for the introduction of the scheme.


How your TMS can help prevent the spread of Covid-19

10 minutes is all it takes to turn a normal road sweeper into a street washer perfect for sanitising public spaces, says Johnston Sweepers.

Municipalities are posed with the challenge of helping prevent the spread of Covid-19. Johnston Sweepers have swiftly responded with a solution, by using an additional water filter fitted into the hopper of a normal road sweeper.

This can turn a truck mounted sweeper into a dedicated street flusher that is perfect for sanitising public spaces, it says.

Increasing the water capacity from 1500 litres up to 4000 litres, the operator can add detergent to the water, with an approximate on station time of 2 hours.

Giving the operator the capability to disinfect roads, highways, street furniture, public spaces and more, once again making these places safe for the public.


Craemer’s new 770 litre bin gains UN packaging performance certification

Following the recent successful launch of their new neo4 range of plastic four-wheeled waste bins, Craemer has just gained UN packaging performance certification for their new 770L container designed for the collection and transportation of clinical waste. 

“The new neo4 UN bin shares the same robust, ergonomic features as the larger 1100L container which is quickly proving popular across both UK and European clinical waste stream industries,” the company says.

This latest edition to Craemer’s comprehensive wheeled bin range features the Craemer auto lid-lock system, plus optional non-marking wheels, customised hot-foil stamping and towing equipment.

Manufactured at Craemer’s purpose-built UK production facility in Telford, this is the latest addition to the company’s range of waste handling products.

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