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International News

Global carpet cleaning products market - introduction of differentiated products to boost growth through 2022

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Global technology research and advisory company Technavio has published a new market research report on the global carpet cleaning products market from 2018-2022. 

Hospital sees 47% reduction in HAIs after adding pulsed xenon UV disinfection to cleaning protocols

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A germ-fighting robot that uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to sanitise rooms at Trinity Hospital is giving a boost to the hospital's infection control program.

Welsh global biosciences company extends probiotic cleaning range to empower consumers

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Cardiff-based, Genesis Biosciences, a global biosciences company specialising in safe and natural microbial products, widely used in the professional cleaning industries, has launched its products on Amazon, in a move that will make the innovative cleaning range available to the consumer market.

New Kaivac 2750 comes with patent-pending black box

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Kaivac's all-new 2750 No-Touch Cleaning system not only has greater capacity, so users can clean more areas without refilling the machine, but it also offers a wide range of additional features and benefits. Chief among them, the 2750 incorporates Kaivac's patent-pending removable Black Box engine compartment.

The Black box contains the essential components powering the 2750. Users can return the Black Box for rapid repair or exchange. This helps minimise downtime and cost.

ISS wins major public-school contract in Australia

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ISS Australia has won a contract with the Victorian State Government to provide cleaning services to 214 public schools in Western and North Eastern Melbourne. Once mobilised, the contract will become one of the largest contracts in the ISS Pacific business.

TSC eliminates need to touch toilet seat underside

This motherly admonition has been heard by everyone - "Don't touch the toilet seat" - because it was issued every time a youngster went into the bathroom.

Times are changing though... the TSC is a form-fitting, molded plastic cover or 'grip' that slips onto and over a segment of a toilet seat and provides the user a germ-free 'handle' for raising or lowering the seat, without touching it.

Global contract cleaning market to be dominated by ABM, Anago Cleaning, ISS and ServiceMaster

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The 'Global Contract Cleaning Services Market 2018-2022' report has been added to's offering, and it makes interesting reading, predicting that the global contract cleaning services market will register a revenue of more than USD 386 billion by 2022 and that the market will be dominated by ABM, Anago Cleaning (pictured), ISS and SeviceMaster.

TVH launches new TotalSource Master catalogue

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During the recent CeMAT trade fair in Hannover, TVH digitally presented its new Master catalogue for the first time. With this catalogue, the company wants to give its customers an overview of the extensive range of parts and accessories for materials handling and industrial equipment.

New self-cleaning film for touchscreens enhances cleanliness at airports, doctor's offices, restaurants and schools

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In a recent study of germs in airplanes and airports, the dirtiest places to touch weren't what travellers expected.

Georgia-Pacific opens facility to drive supply chain innovation

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Georgia-Pacific is to bring together leading supply chain companies to develop solutions within its new Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation.

Latin American women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia launch worldwide campaign on Indiegogo

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While studying their PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia (KAUST), Luisa Javier and Sandra Medina, engineers from Mexico and Colombia, co-founded a biotechnology company Wayak and are launching their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, for their instant laundry spray.

Treatment that transforms sintered stone facades into self-cleaning air purifiers wins award

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Edison Awards, celebrating 31 years of honouring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, has crowned Neolith Skyline + Pureti the Gold Collective Disruption Winner.

Contractor fined after admitting awareness of underpayments to subcontractor's workforce

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ISS Facility Services Australia has been fined $132,217 for underpaying overseas workers, following a surprise late-evening visit to Melbourne Cricket Ground by Fair Work inspectors, who questioned the 44 workers cleaning up after a match.

Interclean Amsterdam's Full Circle Exhibition reaffirms its position in the industry

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The 2018 edition of Interclean Amsterdam has been the largest, most international exhibition yet, made up of busy days. The show attracted a record number of visitors, from more countries than ever before.

With a combination of old and new segments, Interclean Amsterdam was able to offer a complete overview of the newest technologies and trends in the professional cleaning market. The robot arena, the InnovationLAB and the new Healthcare Cleaning Forum and LAB were particularly popular.

Standards increase economic growth and help companies access foreign markets

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A new study conducted in the Nordic countries shows that standards are associated with 28% of GDP growth. Companies benefit from standards the most by getting access to new foreign markets and ensuring the quality of their products.

A vast majority of the respondents, 87%, consider that standardisation plays a key role in their future business plans.

Cintas free 'Got to Go' app identifies and rates clean public washrooms across US

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Of the more than 41.5 million people expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, 88% of them will travel by car. That's an increase of 4.7 million drivers over last year, which means more traffic on roads and more traffic in roadside washrooms.

Nettuno announces loss of Giancarlo Fratus, CEO

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In a statement issued from Castelli Calepio on Wednesday, Francesca Fratus said:

"It is with deep sorrow that Nettuno announces the passing of Giancarlo Fratus, sales director and CEO of the company.

Better decisions from better air

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In the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin professed, "I am persuaded that no common air from outside is so unwholesome as the air inside a closed room that has been often breathed and not changed."

New ETW SmartCycle biomethane plant in operation in France

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Last month, ETW Energietechnik installed its first biogas processing plant in Scherwiller, France, and the facility has been in continuous operation ever since.

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I was particularly taken by news this week (see more below) of a new project set up with the aim of recycling all plastics in Scotland – including those currently considered to be unrecyclable. The reason I found the news so inspirational was because it was only a few days previously that I’d learned that dumping plastic food packaging and bottles costs Scotland £11m annually.

That - by global standards - this relatively small and sparsely populated country should spend so much money disposing of these plastics, was a shock in itself, but when I considered what might be being wasted on plastics disposal globally I couldn’t help but wonder why this ‘anti-plastics’ campaign has taken so long to gain momentum.

In Scotland alone, over 20 million plastic bottles are left to litter the environment each year and households produce approximately 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste. Over 64,000 tonnes of plastic food packaging and plastic bottles is thrown into household general rubbish bins and sent to landfill every year. This means that on average, each household is binning 27Kg of food and drink plastics that could have been recycled. This plastic could have been worth £5.7 million if recycled, but instead costs Scotland and its local authorities, an estimated £5.3 million to send to landfill.

Just imagine these figures on a global level!

Why are our supermarkets and other retailers still using so much plastic? Why did I have to break into the packaging protecting my new computer mouse this week, using scissors and a knife, cutting myself and almost taking an eye out in the process? Why can I choose individual bananas in the supermarket, but have to buy bell peppers in packets of three (one of each ‘traffic light’ colour, when my family doesn’t really like the green ones)? Why aren’t we charging 50p per single-use plastic bag, rather than the usual 5p or 10p?

Considering that a third of the plastic packaging we use globally escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our streets, blocking our drains, polluting our environment on land and in the sea, surely we should be doing more to prevent its use?

I do hope this project in Scotland is successful and ends up being adopted in other countries, but in the meantime, we should really be finding ways to reduce the unnecessary use of so much plastic, don’t you think?

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This Week's News

Bio Productions managing director to join Green Organisation awards judging panel

* Angela-Gill.jpgAngela Gill, managing director of Bio Productions, has been invited to join the judging panel for the international Green Organisation 'Green Apple Environment 2018' awards.

She will be one of a team of experts from a diverse range of industries that will review and mark all the entries, which are submitted by companies from all around the world. Judging takes place in August and Awards ceremony is held at The House of Commons in November.

DVGW approval and certification for Brightwell Dispensers EcoMix and EcoMulti standard chemical dilution systems

* DVGW-approval.jpgBrightwell Dispensers has received the DVGW (German Technical & Scientific Association for Gas & Water) approval certificate for its EcoMix and EcoMulti standard chemical dilution systems.

The DVGW is the largest gas and water industry certification body in Europe and a certificate from the organisation is a great achievement as it has very stringent testing procedures and regulations.

Greyland Chemicals leading the way in UK with recycled polymer packaging

* Greyland-recycled-packaging.jpgAs part of its continuous strategy to be 'best in class' in its market sector, Greyland Chemicals has introduced sustainable bottle packaging in a UK industry 'first.'

Not available from any other UK cleaning chemicals manufacturer, both trigger spray bottles and jerry cans used by Greyland Chemicals are now produced using recycled material.

New biobased nonwoven cloths support CSR cleaning policies

* biobased-nonwovens.jpgWecoline has launched an environmentally-friendly range of biobased nonwoven cloths. Available in four colours, the cloths are made from a combination of PLA and viscose, which makes them ideal for fitting in with a Corporate Social Responsibility cleaning policy.

PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) is an environmentally-friendly material, made from organic resources such as sugars from food crops (corn, sugar beet, sugar cane) and wheat or cellulose.

Skanwear champions employee safety and company culture with launch of branded PPE

* Skanwear.jpgProtective clothing expert, Skanwear, has launched its new range of PPE with bespoke company branding for workplaces across the UK and Europe. This latest addition to the Skanwear range adds a further level of convenience for employers keen to ensure employee safety while also championing their own brand.

The branding option is available across the Skanwear workwear range, incorporating hundreds of protects designed to safeguard against workplace hazards.

CDC-funded clinical trial proves UV disinfection effective in decreasing C. diff hospital-wide

* CDC-funded.jpgA new study proves that enhanced terminal room disinfection with Tru-D SmartUVC leads to a decrease in risk of acquisition of targeted multidrug-resistant organisms such as C. diff and VRE for all patients, hospital-wide.

The study, 'Effectiveness of targeted enhanced terminal room disinfection on hospital-wide acquisition and infection with multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile: a secondary analysis of a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial with crossover design (BETR Disinfection)', which was recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, discusses the prescribed secondary analysis of the BETR-D randomized clinical trial.

Beacon of hope for recycling as major funding agreement signed on plastics plant

* Beacon.jpgFunding of over £3m has been announced for four projects comprising a groundbreaking new plastics recycling partnership, Project Beacon, which has the potential to recycle all plastics in Scotland and beyond - even those that currently can't be recycled.

Project Beacon, at Binn Farm in Perthshire, is lighting the way to a circular world of complete plastics recycling thanks to new technologies and an innovative integrated approach, and is backed by £1.7m from Zero Waste Scotland's Circular Economy Investment Fund (with around another £1.7m leveraged form the private sector) - supported by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

Phil Smith takes up new role as group sales director at Templewood /LCC

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Hearty congratulations to Phil Smith, who has taken up a new role as group sales director at Templewood Services/LCC Support Services. An experienced sales & marketing director with over 25 years' experience, Phil boasts some impressive cleaning industry credentials...

A Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, Phil is also a committee member for the British Institute of Cleaning Science's London & Home Counties region, part of the Service Provider Leadership Group of the Living Wage Foundation, a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and chairman of the cleaning industry networking organisation, the Hill Club.

Scrubber dryers streamline carpet cleaning in historic Stowe

* Truvox-Scrubber-dryers.jpgHistoric Stowe - an independent school housed in a former ducal palace and set within 750 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in Buckinghamshire, has had its floor cleaning processes streamlined thanks to its use of Truvox Multiwash machines.

The school's founders saved the magnificent 18th century buildings - the former seat of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos - from demolition in 1922. Since its opening the following year, Stowe School has expanded - through restoration of the old and construction of new buildings, including art and music schools, a sports hall and indoor swimming pool.

Free sustainability guide outlines opportunities for the green transformation of businesses

* Free-sustainability-guide.jpgA free best practice sustainability guide, highlighting both the challenges to and opportunities for the green transformation of businesses, has been launched by Julius Rutherfoord & Co. Entitled 'A Secure Approach to Workplace Sustainability', the guide highlights practical, green measures and includes a checklist for how businesses can reduce their environmental impact.

The London specialist in secure commercial cleaning is making the guide freely available on its website, as the importance of sustainable actions and minimising the amount of materials that end up in landfill or polluting our oceans is becoming more paramount to everyone.

CHSA members and guests raised £8,400 for RNIB

* CHSA-dinner.jpgMembers and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, together with their guests, raised £8,400 at the Association's Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, The Royal National Institute for Blind People.

The Annual Gala Ball, held this year at The Belfry in the West Midlands, is a wonderful way for members to come together. Alongside the sumptuous dinner, the evening was packed with entertainment including Del Boy wheeling and dealing amongst the guests, close-up magicians, live band (The Choice) and dancing.

TCFM contributing to the sterling customer service at Eden Walk, Kingston

* TCFM-award-Eden-Walk.jpgTC Facilities Management joined centre manager, Ailsa Fraser, and other members of the Eden Walk team at an awards lunch to mark its achievement of attaining the British Land Customer Service Silver standard. The awards were held in London last month where more than 300 people were in attendance.

The British Land Customer Service awards were first introduced in 2016 after the national roll out of its Customer Service Standards across its complete retail, office and development portfolio covering 25m sq.ft of floor space across the UK.

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Recent UK News

New head of engineering at ICE

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ICE has appointed Lee Owen as its new head of engineering. Lee joined ICE in 2013 as a field service engineer and progressed very quickly to the role of technical support manager the following year. He was then promoted to field service manager in 2016 and was responsible for managing over 30 field engineers in the southern region.

Award confirms recycling best practices

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RPC bpi recycled products has been named 'Plastics Recycling Business of the Year' in the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management, organised by, the UK's leading independent website for the sector.

The Awards are the most prestigious event in the environmental calendar, providing industry recognition for businesses' achievements in reducing waste to landfill. RPC bpi recycled products took the award in one of the hardest-fought and most competitive of the 16 categories.

Greyland customer wins 'No.1 SME Commercial Cleaning Company 2018' award

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Greyland Distributor FX Supplies Ltd has been awarded the accolade of 'No.1 SME Commercial Cleaning Company 2018.'

Arrow Solutions heads to H&C Expo with expanded commercial hygiene range

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One of the UK's leading manufacturers of cleaning products will be showcasing its newly rebranded commercial hygiene range at H&C Expo - the new hospitality and catering show - in July.

Great washroom cleaners recognised in LOTY Awards programme

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In 2017 Loo of the Year Awards introduced the unique Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards.

These Awards relate specifically to the dedicated cleaning staff that look after the facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves.

CHSA heads to House of Commons later this month

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is holding an event at the House of Commons on 26th June, with the theme: 'In a changing world, why customer experience matters more than ever'.

Driven by African group Excellerate - Templewood acquires LCC

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Templewood Services, a leading services company supplying cleaning, hygiene, washroom and security services to blue chip clients across the UK, has this week announced the acquisition of LCC Support Services, one of the UK's largest independently owned national contract cleaning specialists.

Enhance Office Cleaning wins Living Wage Champion Award

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Enhance Office Cleaning has today been announced as a winner of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 award for Recognised Service Providers.

The 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement, and are proudly sponsored by Aviva, KPMG and the City of London Corporation.

Viewpoint: Accessible toilets are for all those that need them; not just those with obvious disabilities

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Public Toilets UK's Gill Kemp shares her thoughts on accessible toilets, following a spate of attacks by members of the public, on users who don't outwardly appear to be eligible to use these facilities, which are designed for people with disabilities...

Company prosecuted after worker killed

RRS London Waste Papers has been sentenced after health & safety breaches resulted in the death of one of its employees, who was found inside the compaction chamber of a baling machine. The worker had suffered fatal crush injuries.

Dean Saunders could be on your team at CHSA's 2018 Charity Golf Day

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Former professional footballer, Dean Saunders, is joining the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for its Pro-Am Charity Golf Day. Dean played for clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Benfica and gained 75 senior caps for Wales. He was one of his country's most prolific goalscorers, scoring the first of his 22 goals on his debut as a 21-year old.

Learn how to design ergonomically

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The Health & Safety Laboratory is running a 5-day course on Ergonomics on 9th - 13th July 2018 and 11th - 15th February 2019, which is aimed at reducing the 35 million days lost to British industry each year as a result of accidents and ill health caused by work activities. A large number of these accidents are due to a lack of thought and planning concerning the use of our everyday systems.

Waste management 'biggest contributor' to UK environmental goods and services sector

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The Office for National Statistics' newly-released statistical bulletin on the UK environmental goods and services sector - (EGSS): 2010 to 2015 - has revealed that the waste management sector is the largest contributor to EGSS.

Keep up the good work on recycling

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Scotland's North Lanarkshire Council is congratulating its residents on their recycling efforts, as the quality of recyclable household waste being collected in continues to be high. The majority of waste taken to processing plants to be recycled has been rated in the highest two quality bands since the council's new service was introduced last October.

Bin liners incorporated into CHSA's Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Sacks

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Buyers of plastic bin liners can now look for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Accreditation Scheme logo to be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box'. The Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks has been expanded to include these products.

Dustcontrol and Speedy combine for Willmott Dixon in London landmark refurbishment

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Dustcontrol UK and Speedy Hire have combined their expertise to deliver dust extraction solutions for Willmott Dixon - one of the UK's leading construction firms.

The partnership centres on a Willmott Dixon project to refurbish the Old Admiralty Building (OAB) in Horseguards Parade, central London, an undertaking that will see the Grade II listed building transformed into a modern working environment.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
29-30th August 2018


Budapest Cleaning Show
5-6th October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

ISSA North America
30th October 2018-1st November 2018
Dallas, Texas


Loo of the Year Awards
7th December 2018
St Johns Hotel, Solihull


ISSA Mexico 2019
19-21st February 2019
Mexico City


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