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Filta DrainFoam Earns EPA Safer Choice Label

Filta DrainFoam, the newest service offered by Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions, which helps eliminate costly and hazardous floor drain clogs, has been awarded the EPA’s Safer Choice designation and label.

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The EPA Safer Choice designation means that every chemical, regardless of percentage, has been evaluated through EPA’s scientific process and only the safest ingredients are present. For over 15 years, the program has labeled products that are safer for families, pets, workplaces, neighborhoods, and the environment.

“At Filta, we’re constantly in search of ways to be green and preserve the environment. Every product and service that we offer goes through our own rigorous testing to ensure that we are increasing sustainability while saving our customers time and money. The Safer Choice Label for FiltaDrain further validates our efforts and commitment to provide products and services that are safer for the environment,” said Jason Sayers, CEO for The Filta Group.

DrainFoam is a specially formulated super foam that attacks the source of clogs, destroys drain fly breeding grounds, and naturally eliminates odors. The super concentrated blend of specialty live pro-biotic bacteria, applied weekly by a certified Filta technician, surrounds and eats the bacteria that causes slow running drains. After just a few weeks of service, drains are clean, maintenance free, and smelling fresh!

Key Benefits of Weekly DrainFoam Service

  • Prevents Drain Problems
  • Eradicates Fruit Fly Breeding Grounds
  • Controls Sugar Snakes
  • Prevents clogs and backups
  • Eliminates Odors
  • Reduces Emergency calls

“The DrainFoam service is ideal for any facility with problem drains including sports arenas, hospitals, restaurants, and really anyone with a commercial kitchen. Recently, we worked with a client who spent thousands of dollars a year on jetting drains throughout their campus. Once we began applying DrainFoam, they noticed a difference almost immediately. As a result, we’ve saved them countless dollars and made their previous drain issues a thing of the past,” said Scott Humphreys, National Franchise Field Director at Filta.

About Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions 

Established in the United Kingdom in 1996 and brought to the USA in 2002, Filta is the world’s leader in commercial fryer and cooking oil management services and offers its services through a worldwide franchise network. Filta is dedicated to saving its client’s money, creating a safer working environment, and providing customers with the tools to increase the quality of their product, all while preserving the environment. Filta services over 5,500 customers every week and has recycled over 2/3 of a billion pounds of oil and counting! http://www.gofilta.com

Easy Steps to Green, Sustainable Procurement | by EnvirOx

Guest Blog Post By Haley Snow, Marketing & Communications Manager, EnvirOx

You may not realize it, but there’s one surprising part of your staff that makes a huge contribution to the green-ness of your venue. It’s your custodial crew! These folks work hard every day to ensure that visitors to your venue have a clean, safe, healthy place to enjoy their favorite sports. Yes, cleaning is indeed a healthcare business!

And yet, custodial staff face dangerous working conditions, often due to harsh, toxic chemicals and inefficient and wasteful equipment or processes. 6% of all custodians are injured on the job each year due to chemical exposure and the janitorial industry is one of 5 industries that account for 20% of all work injuries. So how do we protect our custodial crew and PLAY GREENER ™?

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Photo Credit: pexels.com

Good news! All of these potential problems can be solved with a good green cleaning program. Greener cleaning methods and products can improve the health and safety of everyone in your venue as well as improve your environmental footprint. Specifically, green cleaning products can improve your indoor air quality, remove toxins and reduce waste. This becomes even more important in a sports environment; how many people walk through your doors every game? Tens of thousands? That’s how many people your cleaning program affects.

Remember; green is a spectrum. Even small changes can make your cleaning program greener. Here’s some quick, easy tips to start selecting green cleaning products for your venue– or at home:

Green Cleaning Certifications

Your Guide to Green Cleaning Product Certifications

  1. Look for green certifications.
    This is the single biggest, easiest improvement you can make. Most janitorial products, from paper to cleaning chemicals to trash can liners, can be Green Certified by a third-party certification company. These companies do all the legwork for you, testing toxicity, environmental impact, performance and results of products that claim to be green. Look for Green Seal, EcoLogo or Design for the Environment logos on products. An important note here; any product with a kill claim (like disinfectants) can’t be green certified, as the EPA regulates those products as pesticides.
  2. Use your vendor’s resources.
    Engage your vendors and suppliers in your efforts– it sends a message to suppliers about what’s important to you. At the very least, they should be able to point you to greener products, and they may even be able to do on-site audits or help you promote your new green cleaning program.
  3. Look at recycled content, biodegradability, VOCs, and safety data sheets.
    A manufacturer or supplier should be able to provide a complete picture of key green features– the features themselves will vary between equipment, chemicals and paper goods, but a vendor should always be able to answer why a product is “green.”
  4. Compare price vs. cost.
    When selecting any product, you always want to compare the upfront price vs. the actual use cost. What this means is you can pay twice the price for a piece of equipment that will last you four times as long as the cheaper version. This cuts the price of operation – the cost per cleaning – in half and saves room in the landfill. The same can be said for concentrated cleaning chemicals over ready-to-use products and microfibers over paper towels. Remember: reduce, reuse, recycle!

Ready to get started? Visit the Green Sports Alliance’s Green Cleaning Playbook for more information. Don’t forget to stop by the EnvirOx booth at the Summit! We’d love to hear how green cleaning is working for your venue or help you get your own green cleaning program off the ground.

References:

http://www.millonpeskin.com/blog/2013/11/the-workplace-dangers-facing-cleaning-and-janitorial-workers.shtml

https://greencleanschools.org/about/why-green-cleaning/

Touting Training: Importance of Staff Training in a High Performance Green Cleaning Program

By Mark Petruzzi

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My son recently won his first state championship event in swimming. Of course, I was tingly all over since it was also my first time as the father of the fastest 10-year-old-100-yard-breaststroke boy in the state. As I reflected on the hours of practice he’s invested to be successful in his sport, my thoughts naturally kept coming back to the importance of staff training in a high performance green cleaning program.

Some of these thoughts were due to my experience with the Green Sports Alliance Greener Cleaning Playbook. If you haven’t already downloaded and read it, the Greener Cleaning Playbook contains guidance, tools and resources needed to plan and implement a successful green cleaning program. Staff training is emphasized as critical to such a program (as do many other standards and guides for green cleaning programs from Green Seal, ISSA, the Healthy Schools Campaign and others), but it’s an element that’s often overlooked or given little regular attention.

As any sports fan knows, practice makes for better and higher-performing athletes. The same can be said for staff on your team — investing in training will result in better and higher-performing cleaning staffs.

Let’s say you’re currently using a team cleaning system, which is comparable to team sports like baseball, football, soccer or basketball. Each player has a dedicated role, and they work together on offense or defense to score or prevent points. Middle linebackers and point guards translate to restroom and light duty specialists, only your team cleaning staff has more opportunity to rotate through positions to reduce boredom and maintain fairness.

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