Nilfisk Australia participated in Clean Up Australia Day in Sydney last week, with the manufacturer planning to extend its sponsorship of the community-based event nationally from 2020.
Taking place on 3 March this year, Clean Up Australia Day has become one of the nation’s largest community-based environmental events.
This year Nilfisk Australia was a platinum supporter , which involved the company cleaning up litter and rubbish from around the garden and playground, as well as cleaning off graffiti and chewing gum from the local skate park and footpaths at Chifley Reserve in Blacktown.
Nilfisk Australia general manager Michael Hansen told INCLEAN becoming a supporter of the initiative stemmed from wanting to give back to the community and make a difference to the local environment.
“Being an old, traditional company from Denmark, our mentality involves giving back to the community. When we discovered how the founder [Ian Kiernan] of Clean Up Australia Day was trying to push this as well, we thought we should support the initiative going forward,” he said.
“We wanted to give back to Blacktown because we’ve been here for many years.”
Following the success of this year’s clean up, Nilfisk plans to roll out its involvement in Clean Up Australia Day to every state and territory over the next few years, as well as other areas around NSW.
“We have offices in all states and territories around Australia, so for us it’s really important to commit to something and engage staff to be part of Clean Up Australia Day.
“We are also seeing a lot of growth potential in communities north and south of Sydney, in Newcastle and Wollongong, as well as some rural areas we think we could roll this initiative out to.”
According to Nilfisk product and pre-delivery manager, Paul Peel, staff used the Kerrick HH4021 Honda 4000psi petrol pressure washer to remove graffiti and chewing gum from the park’s skate area and footpath.
The Kerrick HH4021 Honda 4000psi petrol pressure washer is typically used for large carparks, and council clean ups. The more pressure, the more flow.
The Nilfisk SW250 walk-behind sweeper was also used by staff. Compared to a manual broom, it picked up and removed dust, dirt, sand, nails, bolts and cigarettes up to six times faster.
Looking ahead, Hansen said Nilfisk is looking at becoming more of a solution provider, finding new and smarter ways of cleaning
“This year Nilfisk will be launching more intelligent IT systems to support the cleaning industry. In Australia, we are already out speaking with many large cleaning contractors to find out how we can help them to become more sustainable in the way they clean.
“The contract cleaning market is changing – we are seeing more tender material focus on how contractors can be more efficient and environmentally friendly, which really fits into our strategy as a global company.”
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