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Waste: more ambitious targets towards a circular economy

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The European Parliament's environment committee voted on Tuesday to amend a European Commission proposal on waste management, (the 'waste package') which is a priority for the EU for this year. In previous resolutions the EP had called for more ambitious targets. This vote was the first step towards entering negotiations with the Commission and European Council.
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Cost saving opportunities for the global janitorial cleaning services market 2017-2021

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Technavio's new procurement market intelligence report on the global janitorial cleaning services market from 2017-2021, reveals that the global janitorial cleaning services market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2017 - 2021. This growth is being driven by the demand from private and public sector companies, as outsourcing helps them reduce management complexities while procuring high-quality services.
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Smart, safe and effective: Can 'probiotic' based cleaners change the FM industry?

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We've all heard of the phrase 'good bacteria' and with a growing number of probiotic cleaners entering the facilities management industry, can these products offer a beneficial and cost-effective alternative to current chemical cleaners?
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Keeping food clean and safe to eat

According to public health officials, there are three primary ways that food in restaurants and food processing facilities can become contaminated and unsafe to consume. These are:

1. Biological: unhealthy microorganisms in the food
2. Physical: hair, dirt, airborne pollutants that get in the food
3. Chemical: intrusion of cleaning chemicals into the food
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Tru-D SmartUVC added to hospital's arsenal of infection prevention protocols

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Mission Hospital, a Californian-based member of the US St. Joseph Hoag Health network, has added a new layer of proactive protection against the spread of infections in its facility. In addition to stringent manual cleaning processes by the facility's environmental care services (EVS) team, it has adopted Tru-D SmartUVC, a UV disinfection robot, to provide terminal room disinfection once the EVS staff performs manual cleaning protocols.
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Depureco's DF: the new concept of vacuum

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Innovation, reliability and flexibility: Depueco tells us that its latest vacuuming innovation - the DF Series, has been designed to reflect the needs of a fast changing market, with the main target being to provide a wide range of quality products - along with solutions, for all the main specific requirements of any sort of specific working applications.
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Three new contracts for waste collection specialist Derichebourg Canada Environment

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Derichebourg Canada Environment continues expanding its presence in Montreal as it was recently awarded two new recycling collection contracts with the L'Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève and Le Sud-Ouest boroughs. This is the family company's second contract in Le Sud-Ouest, as it has been collecting food waste there since May 2016. Both contracts will take effect on 1st April, 2017.
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Lewi window cleaning solutions - ergonomic and efficient

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Under the Lewi product brand, Lehmann KG has produced sophisticated quality tools for use by the glass and building cleaner for many years, while following the proven Lewi philosophy: versatile and ergonomic components, perfect quality and optimum functionality - at an attractive price.
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iVo RovaWash - new, compact, low profile, robust floor scrubber

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The iVo RovaWash has been developed for those seeking a versatile, multi-purpose scrubbing and drying machine, which gives a robust and thorough clean to many different surfaces. It can act as a carpet scrubber, Altro flooring cleaner, an entrance matting cleaner and a stair scrubber.
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Health institutions to introduce day-specific coloured bedding to improve hygiene

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For decades, the cleaning industry in the more developed countries has been pushing the idea of colour-coding to prevent cross-contamination, but now an organisation has gone one stage further by introducing day-specific colour-coded bedding, to improve hygiene and patient care, while ensuring that the sanitation mechanism that has been put in place, is adhered to.
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Delhi's sanitation workers' strike poses serious threat to health and hygiene

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The pay strike by some 17,000 East Delhi sanitation workers, which has lasted almost a week and is involving protests outside East Delhi Municipal Corporation headquarters in Patparganj and the dumping of rubbish in front of the Legislative Assembly's offices, is now posing serious health and hygiene threats thanks to the rubbish piling up in residential areas.
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SCA to discontinue its hygiene business in India

SCA has announced that it is to discontinue its hygiene business in India. Four years after entering the Indian market, the company's conclusion is that profitability cannot be achieved within a reasonable timeframe.
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RPM acquires two companies with combined annual net sales of $42 million

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RPM International has announced that it has acquired two businesses, a manufacturer of commercial floor cleaning equipment and chemicals, and a manufacturer of speciality chemical raw materials. The companies have combined annual net sales of approximately $42 million.
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Streamlined Orbis eco rotaries speed contractors towards more economical cleaning

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Contractors have new allies in the drive for more cost-effective cleaning and polishing with the arrival of the Orbis eco range of rotaries from Truvox International.
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SCA launches Tork Stainless Washroom Upgrade Solutions in North America

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This week, Tork, an SCA brand, launched Tork Stainless Washroom Upgrade Solutions, a new offering that helps customers unlock their washrooms' hidden potential by debunking the myth that upgrading a washroom's ambiance and efficiency requires significant time and money.
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Soapbox: Delivering health for all with taps and toilets in Nigeria, where one in three healthcare facilities does not have access to water

By Michael Ojo, country director, WaterAid Nigeria

In so many ways, Nigeria is a study in contrasts. An ambitious middle-income country and Africa's largest economy, it also struggles to provide some of the most basic of services to its residents. An estimated one-third of Nigerians do not have access to clean water, and two-thirds do not have safe private toilets. And one in three healthcare facilities does not have access to water, according to a WHO landscape survey.
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Water-free robotic solar panel cleaning system at work in India's Bhadla Solar Park

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Ecoppia, a world-leading developer of robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, has signed an agreement with Solairedirect India, subsidiary of energy multinational ENGIE Group, to deploy its automated system in the 10,000-hectare, 2,255 MW Bhadla Solar Park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan India.
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A reader emailed a link to an article in today’s Daily Mirror: “NHS trust tears up deal with cleaning contractor after nurses were forced to clean their own wards”. Reading the story, I learned that Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has apparently ended the £200million, five-year contract to run its estates & facilities services two years early, after complaints about overflowing bins, rats in food preparation areas and nurses forced to clean their wards.
 

Around 1,500 staff had transferred to Carillion following the contract award in April 2014. The Trust told reporters that it plans to move Carillion staff back, adding that the two organisations have “mutually agreed to a managed exit” from the contract.
 

The story had a link (oh the wonders of the Internet!) to an October article, which said Healthwatch had demanded Carillion be stripped of the contract because of its “abysmal” management and “poor record of cleanliness”.
 

A further link to an August 2015 article, revealed that since the contract had been in operation, Trust cases of Norovirus and c.diff had doubled.

Several hospital users were quoted voicing disappointment – not only with standards, but with the performance of cleaners, who they watched going about their work as if they didn’t take pride in it.
 

The reader comment didn’t surprise: “Get rid of contract companies and employ an actual department in the hospital so they know what’s going on and will save money in the long haul. £200million is far too much for one hospital to spend on a cleaning contractor; I would love to know where the money actually goes! It’s like no one wants to take responsibility for anything, so contract it out and think 'out of sight, out of mind’!”

I have no idea why Carrillion was apparently performing so badly on this contract…

Had the contract value been negiotiated so tightly that it couldn’t possibly provide the service it wanted to, for the money (after all, it covered far more than cleaning)? Was it a case of poor supervision of the cleaners themselves, or lack of training or equipment? What was staff turnover like? Were the problems communicated properly as soon as they surfaced, or left to fester? What about the relationship between the contract manager and the client?
 

What do we, as an industry, do to combat this type of comment, which I see so often these days? I’d love to know…

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This Week's News

Scientific breakthrough reveals unprecedented alternative to battery power storage

Groundbreaking research from the University of Surrey and Augmented Optics, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has developed potentially transformational technology which could revolutionise the capabilities of appliances that have previously relied on battery power to work.
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New system uses predictive technology to alert staff that dispensers should be refilled

* Gojo-predictive.jpgGojo has launched Smartlink Service Alerts, an Internet of Things solution that through the use of predictive analytics, helps to ensure hand soap and hand sanitiser are always available for critical hand hygiene events in a healthcare facility.

Smartlink Service Alerts is designed to provide a healthcare facility's staff with real-time monitoring of refill status, battery life, communication and dispenser status for Gojo dispensers. This new technology, which is easily integrated with the Smartlink Hand Hygiene Monitoring system, improves operational efficiencies by saving labour time and costs and provides enhanced inventory management, which results in reduced product waste.
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Alliance Paper and Tissue premises burns down

* Paper-factory-fire.jpgLarge quantities of paper were still burning under controlled conditions and under the watchful eye of 25 fire services crew last Thursday night, at the scene of the fire which started late the previous night at the old Alliance Paper and Tissue premises in Fordhouses, Wolverhampton.

At its height, more than 100 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze in the building, which although was no longer in physical use, still contained stocks of toilet tissue and chemicals.
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BCC Chairman hails Cleaning Show seminar programme

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Last chance to register for ACI's 2nd 'Future of Surfactants Summit Europe'

Registration is closing tomorrow for ACI's 2nd Future of Surfactants Summit Europe, which is taking place 8th & 9th February 2017 in Antwerp, Belgium, with an exclusive pre-conference site visit to the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. The organizer tells us that there are only a few spaces remaining.

The event will give you the chance to meet senior representatives from key companies in the industry, currently confirmed from the following:
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CMS Purus Innovation Awards to debut at this year's Show

* CMS-Purus-2017.jpgAt the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2017 Berlin, the CMS Purus Awards, which have been presented since 2005, will become the Innovation Awards, signalling a new direction. The CMS Purus Innovation Awards (PIA), will honour 'intelligent products and solutions', recognising products, tools and systems that feature excellent usability and an outstanding overall design.

Exhibitors at the show, which is being held from 19th through - 22nd September 2017, will be invited to submit entries in six categories which reflect the range of products at CMS Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH will present the awards for innovative solutions on 19th September at an evening event.
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Singaporean hotel's waste management system up for 'Most Green Collaboration' Award

* Singapore-finalist.jpgA food waste digestion system that has successfully reduced food waste at a smart Singaporean hotel, may have won those involved an Award. The project has been selected as one of three finalists in the 'Most Green Collaboration' category, by the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, for its 2017 SICC Awards celebrating collaborative innovation.

The collaboration involves BioHiTech Global, which develops waste management technologies; its local distributor, waste digester specialist Enerprof, and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
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Floorbrite completes Mannequin Challenge

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The company's Nina Wyers tells us that all those who took part are very pleased with themselves. Having watched the video, we though they did a great job too and whoever was in charge of filming has very cleverly shown off many of the products offered by the company, so as well as being fun, the challenge was a good marketing exercise!
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Steve Backshall talks rubbish!

* SteveGBSC.jpgWe're on the countdown to the Great British Spring Clean, which is taking place from March 3rd - 5th, 2017, and the campaign is being supported by TV naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, the BAFTA Award-winning 'Deadly 60' presenter.

Every year Keep Britain Tidy's campaign partner, the RSPCA, receives more than 5,000 calls about animals caught up in or injured by litter and we all need to take action to prevent the damage that's being done to our wildlife as well as our environment.
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Regent Samsic wins Safecontractor accreditation for 11th year

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consecutive year. Coventry-based Regent Samsic has been accredited to the scheme since 2006.

"Health and safety are paramount disciplines in our day-to-day operations," says says Regent Samsic joint managing director Jonathan King. "Safecontractor accreditation reassures existing and prospect clients of our commitment to both, and as long-standing supporters of the scheme we are very pleased to be re-accredited to it."
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ISS provides one winner and two of the three finalists at the edie awards for sustainability

* ISS_Kristina-Jackson.jpgRecognition came for two of ISS UK's talented waste management service development managers at the 2017 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards last week. Kristina Jackson (pictured) was crowned the 2017 Sustainability/CSR Manager of the year, whilst Helene Carpentier was one of the three nominees shortlisted in the category.

Kristina's award highlighted her exceptional work implementing projects that support the 'Zero Waste to Landfill' target for a major retail bank client across the contractor's 2,156 sites. Her efforts over the year contributed to one of the most impactful environmentally focused projects in the banking sector.
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National Account Managers

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Reintec (part of the HSS Group) are a specialist Hire, Sales and Service cleaning equipment provider who support customers throughout the UK. As the business continues to grow, we now have fantastic opportunities for two National Account Managers to join our team covering both Northern and Southern UK.

The National Account Managers will work closely with our Sales Director to attract new customers whilst ensuring customer retention and growth. The role will focus on the development of the sales pipeline for Reintec to drive revenue and win new business.

Alongside a proven sales experience from the contract cleaning industry, communication skills, commercial awareness and a 'can do' attitude are the key ingredients we're looking for. You'll need to be comfortable working with key stakeholders across the business and happy to present to new and existing customers.

What are the benefits? We'll be honest - it's our colleagues that make us what we are. As well as a competitive salary, company car and fantastic bonus, we provide an industry leading benefits package with an extended range of family-friendly benefits.

Interested? Please visit www.hsscareers.co.uk to apply or for an informal chat call Annie Bhagat on 0161 7494046.


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Technical Manager

c. £45,000 UK based

A new position has become available for a Technical Manager to join the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The successful applicant will take the lead in developing a new range of training and learning programmes, using different methodologies including classroom, practical and online. These new products and services will contribute to the increase in training and membership sales and other related business in both the UK and Internationally. The role will include delivering consultancy services to our customers when appropriate.
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Recent UK News

Just five days left...

There are just five days to go before the curtain comes down on your chance to enter the CSSA UK Contract Cleaning Awards 2017.

Forget customer testimonials as a point of reference, (let's face it no-one ever offers a poor testimonial). If you need to provide a point of difference then "awards" is a fantastic way to do it.
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Greyland at the Cleaning Show 2017

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This year's main UK cleaning industry event, the Cleaning Show 2017, returns to London - as does Greyland, now established over nearly 20 years as one of the country's leading cleaning chemical manufacturers.

Offering a comprehensive range of products for the janitorial distributor, Greyland has gained a first class reputation for exceptional value for money, clearly and descriptively labelled, and supplied to the distributor in the fastest turnaround times from order to delivery in the industry.
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Innovation in the bag

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To the uninitiated, the manufacture of refuse sacks may seem straightforward. However, for those with a mission to develop the strongest, most cost-effective product from recycled polythene, innovation is essential.
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Regent Samsic's JPC wins Chiswick Park cleaning contract for third term

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Regent Samsic's premium London brand JPC has resecured its £1.3 million contract to clean the city's prestigious Chiswick Park commercial development.
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An award-winning team at Julius Rutherfoord

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Battersea-based Julius Rutherfoord had a successful evening at the Wandsworth Business Awards in December, taking home the Training & Development award, as well as being Highly Commended in the Best Customer Service and Best Green Business categories.
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As UK recycling rates drop - Keep Britain Tidy demands action

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Recycling of waste collected from households across the UK has fallen for the first time since records began. The drop from 44.9% to 44.3% may seem small but this is deeply worrying - particularly when you consider that this masks the fact that recycling rates in Scotland and Wales actually increased, leaving England's performance to drag down the overall UK total.
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And what excuse do you have for not paying workers the minimum wage?

The 10 most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the UK National Minimum Wage were revealed yesterday by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The announcement is part of a £1.7 million UK Government awareness campaign designed to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum, ahead of the National Minimum and National Living Wages rising on 1st April.
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Cleaning Show expected to almost double in size in 2017

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Following the success of the Cleaning Show's move to London in 2015, the 2017 event, which is being held 14th - 16th March at London's ExCeL, is expected to almost double in size, with some market-leading companies and many smaller organisations booked to exhibit.
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Contract cleaning company highlights security challenges

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According to UK Home Office data, an estimated 500,000 to 900,000 people work illegally in Britain; many in the capital. There are hundreds of thousands of fraudulent identity documents in circulation in the UK, yet few contractors are able to spot them. Julius Rutherfoord has published a new best practice document, 'Security in Cleaning' and an accompanying infographic - both freely downloadable - to highlight the challenges of ensuring the safety and security of facilities being cleaned and the operatives cleaning them.
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Ecospill kicks off new year with updated brochure

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Spill containment specialist Ecospill has launched its new brochure for 2017. Featuring a range of innovative new solutions to your workplace challenges, it introduces some great new products and expanded ranges, allowing you to be more spill-prepared than ever before.
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What will happen to chemicals regulation after UK withdrawal from EU?

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an enquiry into the future of environmental law and policy following the UK's vote to leave the EU, which will focus on the future of the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

It will consider the possible impacts on environmental protection, public safety and the UK chemicals industry and submissions must be received by 18:00 on 20th January.
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Taking the trauma out of biohazard cleaning

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Providing biohazard cleaning services to a variety of industry sectors is always a challenge, but Simon Biggs, partner and operations director of Monthind Clean, has the solution. Here, he talks about the simple steps that will ensure a safe and efficient clean-up...

"Biohazard and trauma cleaning are governed by stringent regulations and health & safety guidelines. This isn't a matter of unnecessary bureaucracy; as dramatic as it sounds, it can save lives.
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Six-in-10 SME invoices unpaid within debtor period

According to a new report commissioned by Amicus Commercial Finance, well over half (61%) of invoices issued by UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) remain unpaid within the debtor day period. Of these, almost three-quarters (70%) of firms say they rely on getting paid during their debtor day period to avoid facing a shortage of working capital.

The research shows that one in six (16%) SME invoices remains unpaid after 90 days and of these, almost half (7%) have yet to be settled after six months.
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Cromwell instructional videos now on line

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Cromwell Polythene has produced a series of helpful instructional videos, now available to view on the company's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com

Each less than two minutes long, the videos include 'How to calculate the specification for your refuse sack', 'How to calculate the correct size liner for a square or rectangular bin', 'How to calculate the correct size liner for a circular bin' and 'How to perform a drop test in accordance with the CHSA Plastic Refuse Sack Manufacturing Standard'.
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New research shines a light on what really works in performance management

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Performance appraisals won't automatically lead to improvements, but it's equally misguided to say that they'll never work and should simply be abolished, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development in a new report which refutes others' claims that appraisals are a relic of the past.
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Events & Exhibitions

CleantexPulire 2017
12-14th June 2017
Johannesburg
South Africa

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HIGIEXPO 2017
8-10th August 2017
Sao Paulo
Brazil

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ISSA/Interclean North America
11-14th September 2017
Las Vegas
USA

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18-20th September 2017
Berlin
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CMS
19-22nd September 2017
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Germany

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ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017
Turkey
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Clean Middle East Pulire
7-9th November 2017
Dubai
UAE

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Loo of the Year Awards
2nd December 2017
30th Anniversary of this popular event
St Johns Hotel, Solihull
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Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2018
Mumbai,
India

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ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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