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Amey to Introduce New Sustainable Cleaning Model

Amey to Introduce New Sustainable Cleaning Model
04 March 2021
 

Amey’s Secure Infrastructure business is to introduce a fully sustainable cleaning solution across its FM operations.  

The new cleaning model will focus on environmentally friendly practices and cleaning products that use renewable sources to reduce waste and harm to the environment, employees and building users – while still providing high-quality sanitisation and COVID mitigation.  

Amey has worked with its supply chain partners to source environmentally friendly chemicals that ensure employees and building users are not exposed to harmful chemicals. Waste going to landfill is reduced by reusing and refiling existing containers, and water pollution mitigated from the harsh chemical poured down the drain.  

Amey will also invest in new and innovative equipment that will reduce water usage and train employees on the latest sustainable cleaning model. Environmental educational packs will be provided for pupils at the schools maintained by Amey.  

Increased sustainability is predicted to govern the cleaning practices used by businesses throughout 2021 and beyond, as they continue to manage the impact of the pandemic. 

The cleaning industry contributes to a significant amount of environmental damage from greenhouse gasses to toxic chemicals and plastic entering our oceans. Studies also show links between women employed in domestic cleaning roles at increased risk of developing asthma and chronic bronchitis.

 

Trials Across Schools

 

Amey's new model is initially being trialled across the Amey’s Bradford and Barnsley Schools operations and their FM contract with Highways England before being rolled out across all contracts by the end of the year. 

Andy Voase, Director of FM, Amey Secure Infrastructure, said, “Across our facilities management business, we want to build real social value and sustainability into all our operations. Protecting the environment is very much at the forefront of Amey’s and our clients’ objectives. As an industry, we need to adapt and innovate to find more sustainable ways of delivering our service.  Over the next year, we are transforming the way we clean the buildings we maintain. Our goal is to move to a delivery model that focuses on quality, safety and sustainability – reducing harm to our people, building users and the environment.” 

Stephanie Quinnin, Director of Soft Services, Amey Secure Infrastructure, added, “The protection of our planet is a key driver to our solutions. Changing the way we clean buildings is the first of many steps we are making to transform the soft services we deliver. We aim to be a leader in providing sustainable solutions to our clients, where we work together with our people and supply chain partners to embed practical, safe and environmentally friendly ways of working across all our operations.” 

Amey has extensive experience delivering facilities and estate management across the critical infrastructure and public services on which the country relies. Amey’s Secure Infrastructure portfolio is responsible for looking after thousands of assets on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, councils and government agencies across the UK. 

Picture: a photograph of a cleaner in full PPE cleaning a telephone at a desk

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 04 March 2021

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