*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd November 2023 Issue no. 1090

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International News

Eureka SpA aims high: new CEO and brand identity to consolidate and build on recent growth

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Active since 1986, Italian cleaning machine manufacturer, Eureka SpA, has enjoyed some remarkable growth internationally over the past couple of decades, and is now planning to consolidate and build on this success with the appointment of a new CEO and launch of a new brand identity.

AI and the future of facility services: new white paper from ISS

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ISS has released a pioneering white paper that delves into the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence in facilities services.

Beyond Scrubs: Why the correct workwear is essential for cleaning professionals

In a post-covid climate, where hygiene and cleanliness is at the forefront of everyone's minds, cleaning professionals play a crucial role in ensuring professional standards within businesses are met, and help to keep staff, customers and the general public safe and reassured.

Idrobase goes Nordic!

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Italian cleaning systems expert Idrobase Group is expanding in the Nordic region. Thanks to its partnership with the Novara-based company Sibilia, within the Safebreath.net business network, Idrobase Nordic has emerged to join similar companies already operating in France, Spain, Korea and China.

Innovation Awards Winners lauded at ISSA Show North America 2023

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Congratulations to all the recipients of the ISSA Show 2023 Innovation Awards - now taking their hard-fought place in the 'hall of fame' amongst other trailblazing companies in the commercial, institutional, and residential cleaning community.

Quickfoam 10: a groundbreaking solution for eliminating biofilm in drains

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UMF|PerfectClean’s new Quickfoam 10 is a game-changing product developed to transform the fight against biofilm in drains. A 10-gallon, battery-powered foaming unit, it generates high-density Klorese disinfectant foam to treat any size drain.

EFCI attends European Parliament hearing on the social impact of Public Procurement

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Lorenzo Mattioli, president of EFCI - the European Cleaning & Facilities Services Industry Association, participated in the recent hearing, organised by the Employment & Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, to discuss the findings of a report on the social impact of the current public procurement provisions, (as per the 2014 Public Procurement Directive).

Plastic-eating bacteria turn waste into useful starting materials for other products

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Mountains of used plastic bottles get thrown away every day, but microbes could potentially tackle this problem. Now, researchers in ACS Central Science report that they've developed a plastic-eating E. coli that can efficiently turn polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste into adipic acid, which is used to make nylon materials, drugs and fragrances.

ACI's communications team honoured with three MarCom Awards

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The American Cleaning Institute's Communications Team has been recognised as a winner in three categories of the MarCom Awards 2023 competition.

Achieving Sustainability: what do you need to know?

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More than 100 delegates have registered for each of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s two webinars next week. If you are one of them and have any burning questions you would like answered, you will need to submit them in advance, so send them through now to make sure you get the answers you need.

Protect fleets from glare and dirt build-up

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Driving can be hazardous whatever the conditions but tends to be worse at this time of year when those who have walked or cycled during warmer weather take to the roads again, causing noticeable increases in traffic and longer journey times.

New HP4000: the evolution of Comac street sweepers

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Comac tells us that its newly launched HP4000 street sweeper represents a step forward in the evolution of street sweepers, bringing with it a new era of excellence in urban and industrial cleaning.

Sweden: New collective agreement for in-house cleaning work

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Sweden's Almega Tjänsteföretagen (the Service Employer Association) and Vårdföretagarna (The Association for Private Care Providers) have signed a new collective agreement with the Real Estate Employees' Association for cleaning work under their own auspices.

Company founder retires from Sellars Absorbent Materials

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After 38 years, company founder John Sellars has retired from his day-to-day role at Sellars Absorbent Materials. John will continue as a member of the Sellars' board of directors and will provide consulting services to the company for the next two years.

Trojan AES Battery wins Rental's 2023 Editor’s Choice Award

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Rental, the US magazine serving rental equipment professionals, has named the Trojan AES Battery as one of its 2023 Editor’s Choice Award winners. The Awards represent the products garnering the most interest from rental equipment professionals and end users.


Welcome to the Cleanzine


I’ve always supported the UK Government’s commitment to initially introducing the National Minimum Wage and ensuring that it increased regularly, with the aim that every employee would receive a fair wage. As the annual rises have been fairly small I’ve wondered how they can make much difference to the lives of those on that basic minimum, but with the cost of living having been fairly stable, I figured that the increases were probably just about acceptable. Not so now of course, with the cost of living having gone through the roof and so many more people struggling to make ends meet. Yesterday’s announcement that the minimum hourly pay under what is now known as the National Living Wage, will rise next April from its current £10.42/hr to £11.44/hr, (a 9.8% increase) for workers aged 21 and over (as opposed to the current aged 23 and over) means that anyone working a standard 37.5hr week, will see their pay rise by £1,994.36p.a. and their monthly pay by £166.20. The rate for 18 - 20-year-olds will rise by almost 15% to £8.60/hr, while the rate for 16 - 17-year-olds and apprentices will rise 21.2% to £6.40 per hour.  
This initially had me feeling relieved for hard-pressed workers but then had me wondering how some companies are going to cope. Will cleaning contractors, for example, who are currently paying the NLW and just about keeping their heads above water, be able to get their clients to pay extra to cover the increases, which we mustn’t forget will now include younger employees too? Or will they be forced to swallow the increases themselves, rather than risk losing the contract to a rival who may perhaps just have a way of completing the required work in fewer hours? Will corners be cut in cleaning processes? Will machines and equipment be serviced and upgraded as often as required and will chemicals still be used at the recommended dilutions? Will companies that previously gave younger staff the chance to pay their way through 6th Form and university with part-time cleaning work – an opportunity both my daughters enjoyed – stop bothering with young people keen to learn the ropes? 
According to the Low Pay Commission, over the lifetime of the NLW full-time workers have earnt £9,000p.a. more than they would have done otherwise - without any increase in unemployment. However, I’ve seen how the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) expansion throughout London and similar schemes elsewhere have damaged local economies along with the livelihoods and wellbeing of those without compliant vehicles or the funds to pay a £12.50 daily ‘fine’. Plus the way LTN’s (Low Traffic Neighbourhoods) have increased commuting times and impacted on the delivery of supplies. Are we about to reach tipping point I wonder? We all need to live but we also need jobs. And without those jobs we can’t live. Your thoughts please?





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This Week's News

Chlorine disinfectant is no more effective than water at killing off superbug, says new study

* Chlorine-medical.jpgOne of the primary chlorine disinfectants currently being used to clean hospital scrubs and surfaces does not kill off the most common cause of antibiotic-associated sickness in healthcare settings globally, according to a new study.

Research by the University of Plymouth has showed spores of Clostridioides difficile, commonly known as C. diff, are completely unaffected despite being treated with the high concentrations of bleach used in many hospitals. In fact, the chlorine chemicals are no more effective at damaging the spores when used as a surface disinfectant than using water with no additives.

Jangro unveils new machine range for flawless floor cleaning

* JANGRO-MACHINE-RANGE.jpgJangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, has introduced a new range of floor cleaning machines for both indoor and outdoor cleaning to its portfolio. The new collection comprises vacuum cleaners, extraction machines, scrubber dryers, sweepers, and pressure washers to clean almost any flooring effectively, anywhere.

Durable, reliable, and versatile, the new machine range has also been designed with the environment in mind. Demonstrating Jangro's commitment to eco-sustainability, the components of each machine are made with recycled plastic.

Mitie showcases cutting-edge technology with launch of its Facilities Transformation Hub

* Mitie-tech-hub.jpgMitie has unveiled its Transformation Hub which demonstrates the cutting-edge technology it is using to drive Facilities Transformation. Based in its London headquarters in The Shard, the Hub showcases Mitie's investment in the latest innovation to help customers embrace five key mega-trends:

* Accelerating the path to net zero by reducing energy use and generating cleaner, greener power
* Designing commute-worthy spaces to support hybrid working and creating great places to work
* Ensuring buildings and equipment are working as efficiently and productively as possible
* Providing clean and sustainable spaces, in the context of a post-pandemic world
* Protecting people and property particularly in response to evolving threats and rising retail crime

SRFC Bio's breakthrough infection control technology, Protecta Clean, launches in UK

* SRFC-Bio.jpgSRFC Bio, a biotechnology company that develops continuously active antimicrobial surface cleaners and coatings, announced this week the launch of its third-generation antimicrobial technology product in the UK.

The product cleans surfaces, disinfects bacteria and viruses at application, and keeps killing 99.9% of bacteria for up to 48 hours after it dries without leaving any visible or sticky residue. The technology was successfully launched in the US in October 2022 and will now be made available internationally.

Space at ISSA Pulire 2025 already 60% sold out

* ISSA-Pulire-update.jpgFollowing yet another successful event this year, ISSA Pulire has confirmed that the next cleaning trade show in the series - the 27th - will take place from 27th to 29th May 2025 at Italy’s Rho Fiera Milano exhibition centre – one of the largest exhibition centres in the world.

As more than 60% of the trade show space has already been booked, this upcoming event is looking as if it’s on course to be just as successful.

Enviro-Master partners with SaniPod to elevate washroom hygiene standards across North America

* Enviro-Master_SaniPod.jpgEnviro-Master, a leader in commercial hygiene solutions, has announced its latest partnership with SaniPod, to introduce an innovative range of sanitary disposal units to its extensive service offerings in the US and Canada.

This strategic collaboration marks a significant step in Enviro-Master's commitment to enhancing washroom hygiene and customer experience in commercial establishments.

Go Quiver! Delphis Eco trials same day and next day emissionless deliveries in London

* Delphis-Go-Quiver-bikes.jpgDelphis Eco, the renowned eco-friendly cleaning products company which supplies innovative products to the commercial and retail markets, has this week launched a pilot scheme to trial emissionless same-day and next-day deliveries for its London business and retail customers.

As part of its ongoing ethos of continually looking at new ways to drive sustainability and lower emissions into its customer offer, the multi-award-winning manufacturer has partnered with Quiver to offer fresh innovation as to how its products can reach customers, quickly and sustainably.

Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene - A Certified Great Place to Work

* Bunzl-Canada.jpegBunzl Canada is excited to announce that Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene has been awarded the Great Place to Work certification, recognising employers who exceed standards of employee satisfaction compared to typical Canadian workplaces.

Through making talent development, diversity and culture a top priority, Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene has successfully cultivated a vibrant workplace buzzing with opportunities for learning, supportive camaraderie and a team-based approach to growth and success.

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Recent UK News

Soapbox: "Nitrous Oxide? It's no laughing matter," says Veolia

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Richard Hulland, chief risk and assurance officer, Veolia UK, comments on UK Government's recent ban on nitrous oxide:

"We welcome the recent change in the law as pressurised laughing gas canisters presents a serious environmental and safety risk if incorrectly disposed of costing us up to £1.4 million in just the last year.

CHSA seeks a new independent inspector

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is seeking a new Independent Inspector - a role that is crucial to the CHSA, since it guarantees the integrity of the Association's highly respected Accreditation Schemes.

Charity partnership sets sights on delivering 170,000 breakfasts for hungry children

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A charity partnership between children's charity, Magic Breakfast, and sustainable cosmetics supplier, Soap2o, is set to provide 170,000 essential school breakfasts to children living in food insecurity nationwide.

Delphis Eco funds University of Cambridge Masters in Sustainability Leadership scholarship

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Sustainability and environmental preservation are arguably the most pressing issues we collectively face. In response to this, multi-award-winning UK manufacturer and renowned eco-cleaning company, Delphis Eco, is funding a student bursary for a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership scholarship at the University of Cambridge.

Register now to attend premier cleaning event for North of England & Scotland

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Join the cleaning industry at Manchester Central from 13th - 14th March 2024 for two days of valuable learning and sourcing opportunities at the Manchester Cleaning Show.

Cleaning up the streets with the Goupil G4 and Liverpool Streetscene

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Liverpool Streetscene Services (LSSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Liverpool City Council, has recently taken delivery of a new Goupil G4 for the public services team in charge of refuse and recycling, street cleansing and grounds maintenance and arboriculture across Liverpool.

Expert training helps achieve optimum cleaning while working safely

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With almost 40 years' experience in the cleaning industry, involved in consulting on, the selling of and training in the use of many brands of steam cleaning machines, Mike Osiadacz now offers his STEAM dedicated training and consultancy service, to clients who seek expert education and training regarding the use of this technology.

CSSA Northern Community launch & celebration event

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The CSSA, one of the leading membership associations for the UK cleaning industry, will be hosting a celebration event to formally launch the Northern Community Group as part of its Regional Community Group initiative.

New partnership to bring autonomous window cleaning robots to London

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Skyline robotics has this week announced a partnership with Principle Cleaning Services that will bring the award-winning, window cleaning Ozmo robot to the London skyline.

Clapped in the clink for charity - Jim Melvin makes bail

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The Master of The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, Jim Melvin, just about scraped through his 'brutal' incarceration for charity at the annual fundraising event Jailed and Bailed. Organised by various Livery Companies in London, this involves Livery Masters being 'arrested' and 'jailed' for a short period, before being 'bailed out' by their colleagues and friends.

Multiwash helps put smile on patients' faces

Milton Keynes-based SmileLux - a multi-award-winning Specialist Orthodontic Centre, bought its first Truvox International floorcare machine in 2018 for ground floor use. As the business has now also expanded upstairs, it has recently taken delivery of the new Multiwash PRO 240.

Several new appointments for fast growing Mrs Buckét

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Commercial cleaning company Mrs Buckét has made a series of high-level appointments as it continues its rapid growth within the cleaning and facilities management industry.

Dover Harbour Board wastes no time in making Mitie its first port of call

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Mitie has secured a new contract with Dover Harbour Board to provide waste management at the Port of Dover, including the seafront, Cruise Terminals and Dover Cargo Terminal. The contract is for three years, with the option to extend for two additional years.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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


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