Taking Cleaning Greener
Interserve Group is reducing the number of spent bottles of cleaning products sent to landfill as part of a wider initiative to tackle the environmental footprint of its cleaning operations in client premises.
More than 24,000 cleaning operatives employed in private, central government, and National Health Service (NHS) contracts are transitioning to dilution-controlled cleaning methods as part of the company's drive to reduce its use of bottled products, create economies of scale, and lower cleaning product expenditure estimated at £17 million annually.
Janet Park, director of cleaning, says:
"We changed from a glug-glug approach in which our cleaners were using thousands of products from 1,800 different product lines to a rational approach using one system comprising four products.
"We install the dilution systems at all of our major clients free of charge and ship highly concentrated supplies to each site to fill the machine. For our smaller sites, we supply a similar system using dilution-controlled bottles. Being colour coded the system is not only simple to use but is also safer because there is no-longer any risk of touching undiluted chemicals.
"As is so often the case, moving to a rational, efficient process not only saves everyone money, but also has an extremely positive impact on the environment."
Interserve has also embarked on an programme to install product dispensing systems that ensure its cleaners use the correct volume of product.