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International News

Textile industry urged to 'step up and do the right thing' with toxic forever chemicals

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The textile industry has been accused of 'shirking its moral responsibilities' by not tackling the toxic 'forever chemicals' still used in garment manufacture around the world.

'Taylor-made'... Mark IV Continental Container Revealed

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Drawing upon its heritage, waste management solution provider Taylor, part of the Impact Environmental Group, has bolstered its popular range with the launch of the new and improved Continental Mark IV container.

More than 60 Spanish and Portuguese companies to exhibit at Interclean 2024

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More than 60 Spanish and Portuguese companies, under the coordination of ASFEL - the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, are participating in Interclean 2024.

Your hand hygiene compliance challenges, solved

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Unlike some other electronic hand hygiene solutions, BioVigil provides a gentle reminder sequence on a user-worn badge to wash your hands. The combination of these reminders, plus the awareness feature of a green, yellow, and red light, have proven to significantly increase hand hygiene compliance and inspired confidence amongst patients in healthcare environments. Tests have shown that the system:

Biomass boiler No. 2 for Sofidel in French Frouard plant

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Italian-based tissue manufacturer Sofidel Group has announced plans to construct its second biomass boiler at the Frouard plant in France. Construction will begin in the Autumn, with commissioning scheduled for 2025.

Recycling Heroes and Young Green Ambassadors Awards mark Global Recycling Day 2024

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The Global Recycling Foundation announced the 10 winners of its Recycling Heroes 2024 Awards along with five special awards for Young Green Ambassadors, to mark the seventh Global Recycling Day on 18th March.

Cleaning up environmental contaminants with quantum dot technology

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The 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was focused on quantum dots - objects so tiny, they're controlled by the strange and complex rules of quantum physics.

Tennant announces full spec and capabilities of its first purpose-built robotic scrubber

Powered by Brain Corp's next generation BrainOS Robotics Platform, this cutting-edge offering in floor care brings further innovation to the robotics-powered cleaning industry.

Taski opens US manufacturing plant for its Swiss-designed floorcare machines

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Taski is opening a US manufacturing plant for its Swiss-designed floorcare machines, just one year after Taski's acquisition of NSS Enterprises and establishment of its new North American hub in Toledo, Ohio.

Recruitment dilemma - balancing growth with difficulties finding the right talent

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Samsic UK's HR director Andrew Safo-Poku Jnr and finance director Baldip Brreach discuss the recruitment and retention issues that are being felt throughout the facilities management industry, and look at ways in which talented employees cannot only be found, but kept.

No trace but cleanliness: The benefits of dry ice blasting for every industry and the role of compressed air

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By Alex Persyn, director of product management Rotair Portable Compressors


Welcome to the Cleanzine


One of Cleanzine’s many valued readers ‘across the pond’ sent me the link to an article in The Philadelphia Citizen a couple of weeks back, which I found really interesting. Headed up: ‘Did Mayor Parker get cleaning basics wrong?’ (https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/did-mayor-parker-get-cleaning-basicswrong/) it featured a constructive analysis by Nicolas Esposito, the City's former Zero Waste & Litter Director, on the Mayor's proposed ‘cleaning & greening’ plan, which he feels falls short of what Philadelphia really needs. He says that the Mayor’s massively hiked budget of $250 million over the next five years is geared far too heavily towards preventing litter and illegal dumping… i.e. it’s reactive rather than proactive – and although I’m not party to the history of the issues Philadelphia has faced, they seem very much on par with what’s been going on in the UK. And, like Nicolas, I feel that an alternative approach is long overdue, since things are getting worse over time, rather than improving. 
Nicolas refers to the 2019 study: ‘The Cost of Litter and Illegal Dumping in Pennsylvania: A Study of Nine Cities Across the Commonwealth’ (https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/KPB-Litter-Cost-Study-013120.pdf), put together when he worked for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. He believes that the data collection involved in compiling the report, was the first time Philadelphia had fully considered how much it was spending to combat litter and illegal dumping across every department in the City, rather than just the ‘Streets Department’ - approximately $48 million per year to clean up litter and illegal dumping, which equated to about $32 per resident. He compared that to the $20 spent per resident in Pittsburgh - a ‘remarkably cleaner’ city, and says that this is down to the Pittsburgh being proactive and spending 45% of its ‘illegal dumping’ budget on litter prevention and education compared to Philadelphia’s 8%. 
“A cleaner city is one that invests in waste and litter prevention rather than repeated remediation,” he says, reminding readers of the well-researched fact that the more you just clean up illegal dump sites, the more people will dump there because they know that someone’s going to come along and clean it up. A perfect example of wallpapering over the cracks. So why are we still doing it? And doing it more? 
The 2019 study makes interesting reading – as does the article which goes on to suggest several ways to properly combat the problems. They echo what I’ve said in the past about the need to make it easier for people and businesses to recycle – rather than harder, as seems to be happening currently.  Education from a young age about the need to be responsible for our own litter, (like I had as a child!) is also crucially important; we need to change the mindset…




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This Week's News

CSSA to host free GDPR seminar in Manchester this month

* CSSA-GDPR.jpgThe Cleaning & Support Services Association is hosting a free ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ seminar at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester’s Oxford Street, on Wednesday 24th April, from 09:30 - 14:00.

“The CSSA has recently funded a number of events to cover the cost for members and non-members as we strive to improve the reputation of the UK cleaning sector and enable professionals from the sector to gain more business opportunities to help them grow,” explains the Association’s marketing chair Daniel Cross.

Smarter, dynamic cleaning using IoT and process management apps

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“Facilities management continues to evolve with emerging workflow and process automation software and innovations in Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and cameras digitising the sector. 

These technologies have a significant impact on facilities managers in the catering and hospitality sectors, who can achieve smarter, more dynamic cleaning rotas and workflows. Subsequently, many can clean restaurants, kitchens, toilets and buildings faster, better - and at reduced cost and with fewer resources.

Cintas launches search for 2024 America's Best Restroom

* Cintas-Restroom-2024-launch.jpgCintas Corporation is seeking the public's help in identifying deserving candidates for the 2024 America's Best Restroom contest. The initiative celebrates businesses that develop and maintain outstanding washroom facilities. Anyone can submit a nomination now through June 14th.

Karcher opens regional distribution centre at Tatu City, Kenya

* Karcher_opening_Tatu_City.jpegKarcher has announced an approximate €3 million investment in the Kenyan market.

The move was made to develop the business into a full subsidiary, which includes a regional distribution centre at Freight Forwarders Solutions (FFS) in Tatu City, the 5,000-acre mixed-use Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Nairobi's doorstep, positioning Kenya as a hub for East Africa.

Essity completes divestment of its shares in Vinda

* Essity-Vinda.jpgEssity has completed the divestment of its entire holding of 51.59% of shares in the Asian hygiene company Vinda International Holdings for HKD 23.50 per share. The sales proceeds amounted to HKD 14.6bn (approximately SEK 19bn).

Essity will retain a presence in Asia and in Vinda through continued licensing of Essity's brands.

RinseKit unveils groundbreaking US Truck Stop Shower Map to support truckers nationwide

* RinseKit-Shower-Map.jpgIn a significant step towards enhancing road hygiene and convenience for truckers, RinseKit, the portable pressurised shower company, has launched an online resource that maps out shower facilities at truck stops across the US.

This pioneering tool, derived from Allstays.com's extensive list of US truck stops and integrated with Google Maps for ease of use, allows truck drivers to quickly locate shower facilities, marked by blue pins for availability and red pins for absence, directly from RinseKit's website.

UK apprentices to benefit from Mitie investment

* Mitie-future-talent.jpgMitie has passed the £2 million milestone for its Apprenticeship Levy gifting pledges, which has enabled over 30 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and local community services across the UK to fund apprenticeship schemes for future talent.

With less than 3% of Levy-paying employers gifting Levy funding to SMEs, this makes it one of just 580 companies investing unspent Levy funds to support their local communities.

Environmentally-friendly treatments and processes ensure deep pavement and track cleaning with full recovery

* Cyclone-Technology.jpgCyclone Technology, known globally for its high-pressure, hot water, full-recovery cleaning equipment for hard surfaces, has announced the official debut of an innovative line of eco-friendly cleaning treatments, as well as the introduction of Sports Surface Cleaning solutions.

Cyclone's innovative solutions are gaining nationwide acclaim as the go-to solution across industries including aviation, entertainment, construction, industrial, motorsports, municipal and military.

Evonik’s pioneering, industrial-scale biosurfactant plant in Slovakia now operational

* Biosurfactants-Project.jpgEvonik’s pioneering, industrial-scale biosurfactant plant in Slovakia is now operational. Less than two years from construction contract award to McDermott International, Evonik has achieved initial production of Rhamnolipids - a bacterial surfactant with the potential to fundamentally transform cleaning products and significantly reduce their environmental impact.

The project positions Evonik, a speciality chemicals company, as a pioneer of high-quality, sustainable biosurfactants on a commercial scale.

Terminix named official pest control partner of United Soccer League

* Terminix-United-Soccer-League.jpgTerminix, a Rentokil Terminix company, has scored a multi-year partnership with the North America’s United Soccer League (USL), reinforcing its commitment to supporting communities and protecting what matters most, consumers and sports fans alike, whether in the stadium or in the home.

The sponsorship will cover multiple leagues within the USL organisation, including the USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two, USL W League, USL Youth and USL Academy.

Ineos fined after employee seriously injured

* INEOS-fined.jpgIneos has been fined £400,000 after an employee was seriously injured while carrying out a routine task at its chemicals site in Grangemouth, Scotland, in November 2019.

The worker, 47, was attempting to clear a sump that contained a caustic solution, when he fell into the sump which had inadequate grating. He sustained permanent scarring to his right leg and was in pain for four weeks following the incident, before returning to work in the December.

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Recent UK News

Great British Spring Clean Awards: Could you be a winner?

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Every year in Spring, an army of LitterHeroes takes to our streets, parks, beaches, school playgrounds (and more!) to protect our environment from litter, as part of the Great British Spring Clean. This year, as organiser Keep Britain Tidy celebrates its 70th anniversary, some special awards are up for grabs by those who took part.

Sodexo extends stay in Royal Stoke and Haywood hospitals for 10 more years

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Sodexo Health & Care has reinforced its long-standing relationship with the Royal Stoke University Hospital (RSUH), part of the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) and Haywood Hospital, part of the wider Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).

Manchester Cleaning Show: biggest and best-attended yet!

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The Manchester Cleaning Show celebrated its biggest and best-attended event last week, with a record-breaking 85 exhibitors and 2,558 attendees participating in the two-day event. They came from all over the world, including North America, South Africa, China, UAE and Australia.

Legislation lethargy looms as volume and intensity of sustainability reporting increases

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An interesting new survey from Mitie has found that UK organisations are feeling overwhelmed by the strain of sustainability reporting, with legislation lethargy on the rise as they tackle the labyrinth of new and existing reporting legislation.

Sort border to prevent supply chain breakdown

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Easter weekend marks the traditional start of the UK's exodus to Continental Europe, with coachloads of schoolchildren and carloads of families taking skiing holidays and Spring breaks.

Veolia starts UK's first safe treatment for nitrous oxide canisters

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Veolia has started the first UK process lines for the safe treatment of nitrous oxide canisters. The innovative new systems are designed to treat and recycle the used canisters, and stop the greenhouse gas impact caused through discharge of the gas which has nearly 300 times the warming power of carbon dioxide.

Cleanology CEO elected co-chair of Living Wage leadership group

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Dominic Ponniah, CEO and co-founder of award-winning commercial cleaning firm Cleanology, has been elected co-chair of the Living Wage Foundation's Recognised Service Provider Leadership Group.

More than a Safe pair of hands...

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A team from SafeGroup Services, one of the UK's leading providers of specialist cleaning services, attended Prochem's Training Academy in Surrey to enhance the team members’ skills on a one-day hard-floor cleaning and maintenance session designed specifically to meet the members’ needs.

Secure supply chains with closer Government/industry ties

A senior UK Government Minister has told leaders of the logistics sector that close Government collaboration with businesses, academia and trade organisations is the only way to ensure resilient UK supply chains.

Greyland’s gaining ground: 25 years’ success and a committed sustainability champion to boot!

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When Cleanzine launched 22 years ago, an early advertiser was Greyland - a small, northern England-based family business supplying a range of industrial and institutional cleaning chemicals which, having started officially trading in February 1999, was itself in its infancy.

Mitie secures spot on Crown Commercial Service's Healthcare Soft FM Services Framework

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Mitie has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service's (CCS) Healthcare Soft Facilities Management Framework agreement for three years with an option to extend for a further year.

EcoTech celebrates prestigious accreditation

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Coventry-based cleaning product manufacturer EcoTech (Europe) is celebrating recognition by one of the UK's foremost cleaning sector trade organisations. EcoTech is now a fully accredited member of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, the UK's largest organisation representing manufacturers and distributors supplying cleaning & hygiene products.

Mitie celebrates winners at inaugural Apprenticeship Awards

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Mitie celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with its inaugural Apprenticeship Awards ceremony, which recognised the outstanding efforts of Mitie apprentices and their champions. Winners were selected across six categories with each awarded a £100 voucher in recognition of their exceptional work. Mitie received over 180 award nominations from across the business.

Events & Exhibitions

Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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