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International News

Berry Global announces review of strategic alternatives for its health, hygiene & specialties segment

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Berry Global Group announced this week that it has initiated a formal process to evaluate strategic alternatives for its Health, Hygiene & Specialties segment (HH&S).

Afflink awarded paper and janitorial supply distribution agreement with Premier

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Afflink has been awarded a national group purchasing agreement for paper and janitorial supply distribution with healthcare improvement company Premier.

ISS UK & Ireland appoints Leanne Lynch to drive technology strategy as chief information officer

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ISS UK & Ireland has appointed Leanne Lynch as chief information officer. The appointment follows a rigorous search process, which focused on identifying a candidate with the strong skills and experience needed to deliver ISS's ambition to be the technology leader in the industry and to drive Group CIDO Markus Sontheimer's global technology strategy in the UK and Ireland.

Survey finds end-of-Summer trips are preceded by extra handwashing

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This ‘Labor Day’ as Americans took a final outing before Summer came to an end, research found that their advance prep included increased hand hygiene.

Clean India Technology Week

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India's cleaning & hygiene industry has witnessed significant growth over the years, and this progress has been marked by the annual event, Clean India Technology Week.

Xenex strikes it lucky with FDA

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The US Food & Drug Administration has granted Xenex Disinfection Services De Novo authorisation for the company's LightStrike+ device - a high-intensity, broad-spectrum ultraviolet light robot proven to reduce pathogens in healthcare environments.

ISS and ToolSense enter global strategic partnership to digitise asset operations

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ISS A/S, is enhancing its technology position in the FM industry through a new global strategic partnership with tech startup company ToolSense. By using state-of-the-art Internet of Things solutions that can be integrated into ISS's management of the company's global assets of movable machines, ISS aims to boost its operational efficiency.

Vectair Systems launches the V-Screen Dual urinal screen

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Vectair Systems, a leading supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, has launched V-Screen Dual, a 30-day urinal screen that offers easy, hassle-free installation and exceptional fragrance output.

Meet ISSA’s Board Members for 2024

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Under the leadership of incoming president Matthew J. Schenk (pictured) of Midlab, the team elected to serve on the Board of the ISSA for 2024 are:

Register now to attend Interclean China

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Registration for Interclean China, the dedicated international trade show in China for the professional cleaning & hygiene sector – taking place from 18th -20th October in Chongqing and free to attend - is now open.

Sellars introduces new ultra-low linting spunlace wipers

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Sellars Absorbent Materials, a Milwaukee, US-based manufacturer of wipes, absorbents and towel and tissue products, has added a new product to its Toolbox line. Its S700 Spunlace wipers are durable, ultra-low linting and solvent resistant, making them ideal for use in critical clean environments, including aerospace, automotive, printing, manufacturing and medical.

What Not to Put Down a Drain

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By plumbing expert David Cruz, at MyJobQuote

"We're all guilty of putting things down the drain without a second thought. But did you know there are some things that you should never put down the drain? Some items can end up costing you a hefty amount in repairs if you're not careful.

ISS extends its contract agreement with Capgemini

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ISS has extended its existing contract with Capgemini in Europe and North America, for three years.

ISS has worked with Capgemini, a global business and technology transformation partner, since 2012, when it started to deliver services to office sites in the UK. The contract has since been expanded to also include sites in the EMEA and North America regions as of 2019 and the company is also delivering integrated facility management for Capgemini sites in India.


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I got into conversation with someone last week who was complaining that his local hospital will only allow rechargeable vapes on the premises. While I didn’t give it much thought at the time, I’ve since come across research on single-use vapes which made me realise that the hospital has it right. The research, organised by not-for-profit organisation, Material Focus, (whose goal it is to stop us throwing away or hoarding all our old small electricals) says that the number of disposable single-use vapes thrown away in the UK alone has soared from 1.3 million, to nearly five million per week. This is equivalent to eight vapes being thrown away per second - almost four times the number since the research was first conducted last year! The potential yearly cost of collecting and recycling these vapes according to the research, now stands at £200 million - which currently isn't being paid for by vape producers, importers and retailers. 
UK adults report buying over 360 million single-use vapes per annum, containing valuable and critical materials such as lithium and copper that are regularly being binned and which could instead be powering nearly 5,000 electric vehicles. They are toxic and damaging to the environment and wildlife, if littered. The number of battery-related waste fires continues to rise, some of which are considered to have been sparked by vapes being thrown away instead of being recycled. Last year Material Focus conducted research which identified that 700 fires are caused in the waste stream by batteries hidden inside electricals such as vapes! 
Apparently few producers and retailers comply with environmental regulations and most haven't put recycling points and systems in place, which means local authorities are being burdened with the major operational and financial headaches associated with what could now be considered the fastest growing and most dangerous waste stream there is. I agree with Material Focus that we need rapid growth in the number of accessible and visible vape recycling drop-off points in stores, parks, public spaces near offices, bars and pubs, and in schools, colleges and universities, along with proper financing of genuine recycling solutions to recover materials and manage fire risks. This includes immediate and significant vape industry voluntary action in advance of planned regulatory changes already earmarked by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. With 75% of vapers thinking that producers and retailers should provide more information which states that vapes can be recycled, it makes sense that the word ‘disposable’ should no longer be used in any marketing and promotion! 
While this is a UK study, if you’re one of our many thousands of overseas readers, I’d be interested in learning if this is a problem in your neck of the woods too and how you plan on tackling it please… 





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This Week's News

Metsä Tissue chooses Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire for planned landmark UK investment

* Metsa-Tissue-Planned-Mill.jpgMetsä Tissue has today announced that it has chosen Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, as the site for its planned new state-of-the-art tissue paper mill in the UK. This landmark investment of several hundreds of millions of pounds will deliver the largest tissue mill in the UK and significantly reduce the quantity of tissue products that are currently imported into the UK and Ireland each year.

The new mill will create 400+ jobs at the facility, as well as thousands more across the supply chain and the local economy.

Five reasons to enter the Golden Service Awards and perhaps be a winner in 2024

* five-reasons.jpgWith the Summer Olympics being held in Paris, 2024 will be a special year - but you can also be a winner next year at the 2024 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards.

The cleaning and FM industry event of the year - the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards - are now open for your entries until 27th October. For over 30 years, these awards have provided outstanding golden opportunities for cleaning companies, facilities companies and in-house cleaning teams in the UK and Ireland, to showcase the highest standards of cleaning excellence.

Purus Awards winners announced at CMS Berlin

* Purus-Awards-2023.jpgThe six winners of this year's Purus Innovation Award (PIA) were honoured at the CMS Berlin opening evening on Tuesday.

Jury chair Tanja Čujić-Koch, a member of the board of the Bundesinnungsverband des Gebäudereiniger-Handwerks and managing partner at Čujić Gebäudedienste GmbH, was able to draw some a positive conclusions from the competition:

"I am thrilled with the expertise of my fellow jury members and their valuable contributions in the jury sessions," she says.

Sector employers urged to sign up to Zoom Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship information sessions

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The Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship (Level 2), which is due to launch early in 2024, will provide a way for cleaning & hygiene businesses to invest compulsory Apprenticeship Levy payments, which would otherwise go to the Government, into training their staff.

Tesco and Veolia team up to recycle soft plastic and support schools across the UK

* Tesco-Veolia.jpgTesco is joining forces with sustainable resource management company Veolia, Groundwork and local councils to introduce greener areas in schools, and give children a stronger start by learning more about the environment.

The Veolia Orchard campaign will be donating almost 600 fruit trees and 800 strawberry plants to schools limited by space or without green areas. Now in its second year the scheme has expanded across another 190 schools thanks to the generous support of 22 local authorities.

Three years of Planet Mark certification for Jangro

* Jangro-Planet-Mark.jpgJangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, is celebrating its third consecutive year of being Planet Mark certified, strengthening its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.

Planet Mark is a sustainability certification that verifies and measures carbon and social value data to reduce emissions and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Through this ongoing accreditation, Jangro is committed to reducing its footprint by at least 5% year-on-year.

Delphis Eco announces partnership with foodservice specialist FusionFSM

* Delphis-partnership.jpgAs the world begins to adopt environmentally-friendly cleaning products, renowned eco-cleaning company, Delphis Eco, has announced a collaborative partnership with FusionFSM, a specialist provider of sales support and insights for the UK foodservice sector.

FusionFSM will help Delphis drive sales of its popular cleaning products in the Foodservice and Hospitality markets to build on the growing momentum and demand for eco-friendly cleaning solutions.

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Recent UK News

World Water Week: How small businesses can save 2m litres of water a year

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To mark World Water Week 2023 last month, SaveMoneyCutCarbon, the corporate sustainability platform advocating for greener solutions, focused its attention on how businesses can lower their carbon footprint by tackling water usage.

From 'Rome to the Dome' to 'The Transplant Tour'

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Dennis Carver was a part of the cleaning industry community for more than 30 years and in that time worked for a number of companies including Brightwell Dispensers where he spent the last 10 of those years before turning his attention to other things.

Kimberly-Clark Professional's new wind farm partnership will supply 80% of its UK electrical power needs

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Kimberly-Clark is this week celebrating a major milestone in its drive towards green energy with the official opening of a new £75 million onshore wind farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, which will supply around 80% of its UK electrical power needs.

ProLux Cleaning receives award from The Federation of Master Cleaners

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ProLux Cleaning, a popular carpet cleaning company in Watford, has been honoured with the title of the 'Best Watford-Based Carpet Cleaning Company 2023' by The Federation of Master Cleaners.

Chewing Gum Task Force in action with Keep Britain Tidy

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Work has started on Green Lanes to remove chewing gum from the pavements as Haringey Council teams up with Keep Britain Tidy and the Chewing Gum Task Force to improve pavements on one of Haringey's busiest high streets.

Members of CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Cleaning Chemicals sign commitment to ethical marketing

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The members of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme for Cleaning Chemicals have signed a commitment to ethical marketing.

BigChange celebrates 10-years with a 'record breaking' first six months of 2023

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Leeds -based job management software provider, BigChange, turns 10 this month as it celebrates its best ever six months for customer acquisition and contract wins.

AI Robots navigate crowds to keep warehouses clean and safe

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Hailing from London, deeptech startup United Robots has unveiled a fleet of autonomous industrial cleaning robots. Designed specifically for bustling industrial spaces and equipped with advanced AI detection to navigate crowded spaces, these robots can scrub an area equivalent to two football fields on a single charge, ensuring continuous cleaning without compromising human safety.

ISS supports official commemorative book celebrating 75 years of the NHS

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ISS was proud to join with the History of Parliament Trust - one of the most ambitious and authoritative academic projects in British history - in unveiling a new publication entitled ‘NHS 75: Celebrating 75 years of the National Health Service’.

Mitie secures new five-year contract with the Government Property Agency

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Mitie has secured a new five-year contract with the Government Property Agency, to provide a range of facilities management services, following a competitive tender process via the Crown Commercial Services Facilities Management Marketplace framework.

Phs Compliance appoints new sales director

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Phs Compliance, which specialises in all aspects of facilities management and business compliance including electrical and fire testing, has appointed a new sales director - Tom Cliffe - as it continues its growth. Tom will be managing the company's sales team of 20 people across the UK.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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