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Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards: the winners

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Interclean Amsterdam officially opened this week with the announcement of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards winners.

This year, the overall Award was presented to Diversey for its Lesseau NO-Touch Bar Soap dispenser & refills for a product that the Jury believes can have a very broad and truly meaningful impact in so many different applications.

Tennant announces Grand Prize Winner in fifth annual ‘Custodians Are Key’ program

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Tennant Company has announced the Grand Prize Winner in its 2023-2024 ‘Custodians Are Key’ program. From a field of more than 1,700 nominations and 12 finalists, Izet Subasic, a custodian at Saint Ambrose on the Hill Catholic School in Missouri, won the top prize.

Launched at Interclean, Sanitec’s new catalogue features 200 products for safe and certified cleaning

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Italchimica is at Interclean Amsterdam this week with Sanitec, its brand dedicated to professional cleaning. An open, welcoming area that visually tells the story of the company’s different product lines divided by application area, the stand (01.411) has alsod provide the launchpad for a new catalogue – also available online.

Industrial wastewater treatment market to reach $ 206.81 billion by 2031

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According to a new market research report, the industrial wastewater treatment market is projected to reach $206.81 billion by 2031 from an estimated $136.79 billion in 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.1% during the forecast period (2024-2031).

RefugeeOne and UMF|PerfectClean partner to provide refugees with infection prevention workforce training

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UMF|PerfectClean has partnered with RefugeeOne to deliver essential workforce training to refugees throughout Chicago. The aim of the partnership is twofold: empower refugees to join the workforce, build a stable life and become self-sufficient; and help employers fill open jobs throughout the Chicago area.

ACI mourns loss of industry icon F. Quinn Stepan

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The American Cleaning Institute is mourning the loss of F. Quinn Stepan, longtime chairman, president and CEO of Stepan Company and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Soap & Detergent Association, (the previous name of ACI) where he served on the Board for seven years.

Microrobot swarms simultaneously clean up microplastics and microbes

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When old food packaging, discarded children's toys and other mismanaged plastic waste break down into microplastics, they become even harder to clean up from oceans and waterways.

Discover the sustainable washroom solutions from Kennedy Hygiene

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As a company that’s committed to developing sustainable products and implementing manufacturing methods which reduce carbon emissions, Kennedy Hygiene’s latest innovation is the black Obsidian range, made from recycled ABS plastic. Obsidian includes cotton and paper hand dryers, hand washing dispensers, air fresheners, toilet sanitisers, toilet tissue dispensers and Kennedy's best-selling feminine hygiene units.

Avision's Cleaning Tip Challenge offers big prizes to winners

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Avison's Easy Clean contest is calling upon US custodians to enter their top cleaning tips which help make cleaning faster, better and easier - for a chance to win $2500. The contest will share custodian-approved cleaning tips with ‘how-to’ videos showcasing cleaning tips in action.

Specialist hygiene company puts sustainability at heart of its business

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Christeyns Food Hygiene has been awarded the prestigious EcoVadis Gold Medal for its commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices.

Reckitt Pro Solutions: ‘Proud to be offering exceptional cleaning & hygiene solutions for stronger businesses at Interclean 2024’

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Reckitt Pro Solutions tells us it is proud to be presenting at Interclean 2024 (14th - 17th May) where it will be bringing its portfolio of internationally recognised cleaning & hygiene brands to Stand 403 in Hall 11.

Window cleaner's 29-storey fall: employer again failed to inspect and replace protective equipment

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The US Department of Labour has determined that an East Boston window cleaning company's failure to inspect and replace damaged or defective equipment contributed to an employee's fatal 29-storey fall from a building in downtown Boston's financial district in October 2023.

Eliminate C. auris in less than one minute

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Independent testing shows that UMF|PerfectClean's Klorese cleaner-disinfectant combined with a PerfectClean wiper eliminates the deadly fungus Candida auris (C. auris) in less than one minute.


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It was heartwarming today - on the day that the UK cleaning industry properly recognises and celebrates its key players - to read that over-18s working in the contract cleaning industry in Ireland are to receive a 60 cents above-minimum-wage hourly pay rise from 1st June. I know this isn't a great deal of money in the big scheme of things and particularly so during the current economic difficulties, but it should make something of a difference for those who so deserve to be earning far more than they do. What impressed me is that the press statement has singled out the contract cleaning sector, which in my view helps validate it and show that people are realising more and more, the crucial role cleaning plays in everyone's wellbeing - along with, of course, our need to retain trained-up and enthusiastic people within the industry and prevent them from being tempted away into higher paid roles elsewhere! Furthermore, the pay increase looks as if it's been determined as a result of a public consultation. There's more on the story further down the page and I'll be looking into how this has come about for a follow up in Cleanzine. 
Yes - this morning I'm heading into London to help celebrate more of the cleaning industry's successes at the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards. I've been attending these Awards for some three decades and the excitement still hasn't waned after all that time - for me or apparently for everyone else who's been enjoying them for so many years. I'm looking forward to learning more about the winners and the facilities they're cleaning and discussing some of the problems they've had to overcome to achieve such excellence! 
As members of the general public, we naturally expect our environment to be clean, but rarely do most people think about the work that goes into making it that way - unless of course something's clearly not clean and hygienic, which leads to a complaint. I wonder if those complaining ever stop to think that someone's hard toil is behind the fact that what they're complaining about isn't generally a problem? Or if they thank the cleaners who rush to rectify whatever's gone wrong?




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This Week's News

'Forever chemicals' found to rain down on all five North American Great Lakes

* Forever-chemicals.jpgPerfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or ‘forever chemicals’, have become persistent pollutants in the air, water and soil.

Because they are so stable, they can be transported throughout the water cycle, making their way into drinking water sources and precipitation.

Beyond business: a festival of networking, social interaction and leisure opportunities - Interclean Amsterdam 2024!

* Interclean-Amsterdam-2024.jpgLast Friday, Interclean Amsterdam closed its doors after a four-day business and networking extravaganza that was bigger and better than ever before.

Visitors were treated to a whole new Interclean experience, where forging global connections, experiencing the newest innovations and discovering the latest trends were the centrepiece of the biggest Interclean Amsterdam to date.

Ready, set, submit: MSL advocates for swift action on BPR dossiers for quats

* Ready.jpegAs the 1st July 2024 deadline for the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) dossiers for quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) approaches, leading regulatory and microbiological testing house, MSL Solution Providers, is urging manufacturers and suppliers of quat-containing biocidal products to expedite the preparation and submission of their dossiers.

Quats are used in a variety of biocidal products, including disinfectants for surfaces and human hygiene. Highly effective at killing germs, they work by disrupting the cell membranes of bacteria and the outer layers of viruses, leading to their destruction.

Time and cost spent on carbon reporting leading to decarbonisation delays

* Time-decarbonisation.jpgMitie has unveiled new survey findings revealing that the time and cost constraints from sustainability reporting are hampering progress towards sustainability goals for many organisations.

Over half (55%) of sustainability leaders surveyed agreed that sustainability reporting requires too much admin and over a third are considering outsourcing their reporting as they think is "a waste of time".

Implementing an effective trade border between the UK and the EU

* Delays.jpgThe UK's exit from the EU resulted in changes to how goods and services are traded between the two territories, and UK Government's repeated changing and deferring of its plans for the introduction of full import controls has caused uncertainty for businesses.

Published this week, the UK's National Audit Office's updated report, 'The UK border: Implementing an effective trade border', highlights some important issues:

Logistics industry needs permanent solution to Operation Brock

* Logistics-UK.jpgWith traffic set to increase travel times and congestion through the ports between continental Europe and the UK this weekend thanks to school holidays, Logistics UK is urging the UK Government to identify and implement a permanent alternative to its Operation Brock traffic management scheme - the contraflow system set up to keep traffic on the M20 and surrounding roads in Kent moving during busy periods and which will be in place until 3rd June to manage the anticipated Bank Holiday surge in vehicles.

As Nichola Mallon, Logistics UK's Head of Trade explains, this will once again have an impact on those trying to keep goods moving to and from GB and Europe:

Being sustainable will help tackle rising business costs

* Being-sustainable.jpg"Many businesses still mistakenly believe that they have to make a choice between being sustainable and reducing their business costs," says Jason Smith, managing director of Phs Wastekit, which supports businesses with sustainable waste management solutions and equipment.

"They don't understand that by prioritising sustainable waste management processes, they will not only divert waste from landfill and reduce their carbon footprint, but they will also make cost-savings and have money to re-invest back into the business."

ISSA launches inaugural Emerging Leaders Awards

* ISSA-Emerging-Leaders.jpgISSA is launching a new Awards Program - the Emerging Leaders Awards.

Designed to recognise the brightest young talents from across the cleaning industry supply chain who are proven leaders in their field, the Awards are open to anyone employed by an ISSA member company who will be younger than 40 as of 30th November, 2024.

Whether they be manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, distributors, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associated service members, participation in the ISSA Emerging Leaders Awards program is a complimentary benefit for all current ISSA members.

Hot off the press: Jangro’s latest Catering & Hospitality catalogue

* Jangro-Catering-Catalogue.jpgHot off the press, Jangro’s new Catering & Hospitality Supplies 2024/25 catalogue is the ultimate caterer's companion, offering a wide range of quality brands and choice at competitive prices. This latest edition boasts a fresh new look.

Enabling establishments to keep up to date with trends, the catalogue offers all the equipment and supplies required to stir up positive customer experiences. From front of house to back of house, casual to fine dining, the latest crockery and table presentations to environmentally friendly catering disposables, Jangro's new Catering & Hospitality 2024/25 catalogue has it all.

Irish Minister to sign order to increase cleaning industry pay

* Minister-Irish.jpgEmer Higgins TD, Minister for Business, Employment and Retail in Ireland, has approved an Employment Regulation Order for the contract cleaning industry, which provides for a pay increase for the sector.

From 1st June 2024, all workers aged 18 and over in the sector are entitled to a minimum rate of pay of €13.30 per hour.

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Recent UK News

BICSc uses Interclean Amsterdam 2024 to launches new Training App

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The British Institute of Cleaning Science has used Interclean Amsterdam 2024 to launch and showcase the new BICSc Training App.

Portsmouth FC becomes first football club to provide male incontinence bins

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Portsmouth Football Club is the first football club in the UK to support Prostate Cancer UK and Phs Group's Dispose with Dignity initiative, by providing male incontinence bins.

CSSA Innovation Showcase 2025: hunt starts here for the most innovative products, services & initiatives

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The Cleaning & Support Services’ Innovation Showcase celebrates the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives; particularly better solutions to social, political and environmental requirements, and existing market issues.

Delphis Eco granted new Royal Warrant to His Majesty The King

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This week sees HM The King and HM The Queen grant the first Royal Warrants of Appointment of the new reign. Delphis Eco, the award-winning, ecological cleaning range in the UK, has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The King.

Window cleaners face 'grave risks' when using water-fed poles near overhead power lines, warns industry body

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Following the deaths or injury of a number of window cleaners from electrocution while using water-fed poles, the Federation of Window Cleaners has called a crucial meeting with key industry bodies and manufacturers with the aim of agreeing improved and robust safety measures.

Southbank Centre appoints OCS as part of a multi-million FM investment programme

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Southbank Centre has awarded OCS a contract to supply total facilities management services to its sites. Services include cleaning, hard services (mechanical & engineering and projects), and event support.

Bunzl and Amplify Goods collaborate to launch the new exclusive washroom brand RE:MIND

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Bunzl UK & Ireland and social enterprise Amplify Goods, have joined forces for the launch of a new range of luxury washroom products.

BCMPA to showcase essential role of outsourcing at ChemUK 2024

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The Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics is to provide visitors to this year's ChemUK, insight into the valuable role UK manufacturers play in the chemical sector, as its members meet the growing demand for the latest products and services.

Strategic acquisition expands EcoTech offering

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Coventry-based specialist cleaning product manufacturer EcoTech (Europe) has announced a key strategic acquisition which is set to substantially expand the company's range and offering to its UK-wide customer base.

Virgin Atlantic advances decade-long partnership with OCS

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OCS has won a contract to continue providing laundry services to aviation industry giant, Virgin Atlantic. This contract is an extension of a decade-long partnership between the two and serves Virgin Atlantic's locations primarily in Heathrow and Manchester and extends to support its Scotland site during the busy Summer period.

Heath & Wiltshire celebrates 50 years with brand refresh

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Heath and Wiltshire, the South West England-based cleaning and facilities management services organisation, is celebrating a significant milestone as the company commemorates its 50th anniversary with a brand refresh and new trading name.

SOAPBOX: Why the FM industry should fear Labour's proposed employment law revolution, by Dominic Ponniah, CEO and Co-Founder of Cleanology

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“At this stage of the election cycle, there are now two questions to be asking:

1. How big will the Labour majority be?
2. Who will be the main opposition party?

Events & Exhibitions

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

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


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