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International News

Greenlion wins contract for post renovation cleaning of USPS facilities in New York

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Professional full-service cleaning company, Greenlion Cleaning & Maintenance, has been awarded a prestigious contract to provide post-renovation cleaning of USPS facility in Hicksville, New York.

Genesis Biosciences joins consortium to tackle antimicrobial resistance

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Genesis Biosciences has joined the COMBAT AMR consortium which aims to understand and control the emergence and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in complex drain biofilms.

Under the leadership of Professor Jean-Yves Maillard of Cardiff University, the company will collaborate with the university and other European educational institutions on the research project.

ISS renews full-service partnership agreement with Nordea

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ISS A/S, a leading workplace experience and facility management company, today announces that it has renewed an existing full-service partnership agreement with Nordea in the Nordic countries. The contract runs for five years.

‘Contributions of Cleaning Solution Residues to Indoor Organic Surface Films’: new report

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Residues from commercial cleaning products contain a wider range of compounds than previously thought. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, surfaces in public spaces are cleaned more often.

While disinfectant solutions eliminate germs, they don't leave behind a truly bare surface. They deposit a thin film that doesn't get wiped up, even after giving the surface a good polish.

Global professional hand hygiene market to grow by $2Bn to 2028

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The ‘Global Professional Hand Hygiene Market - Outlook & Forecast 2023-2028’ report, recently added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering, predicts that the market will reach a value of $8.18 billion by 2028 - from $6.18 billion in 2022, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of approximately 4.8%.

Show your washroom some love

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Literally made for each other, Blu Away and Bio Blocks form a synergistic partnership that goes beyond surface cleanliness, addressing the core issues of washroom maintenance.

One third of Geneva's eateries do not meet hygiene norms

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Of the 2,500 inspections carried out last year in Geneva's restaurants and other eating establishments, one in three did not comply with hygiene standards, according to swissinfo.ch.

Floor cleaning challenge, met sensibly, secures Austrian spa's sustainability certification

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Austria’s Alpentherme Gastein Spa has been awarded sustainability certification by flooring company Bona, in recognition of the CO2 and energy saved thanks to clever measures taken when effective cleaning and maintenance became challenging.

Closing toilet lid pre-flush does not reduce spread of viral particles, researchers find

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A new study published last week in the American Journal of Infection Control demonstrates that viral particles spread to many washroom surfaces during toilet flushing - regardless of whether the toilet lid is up or down.

The researchers say that the only meaningful way of reducing viral particles during the study, was through disinfection of the toilet, toilet water and nearby surfaces.

Contract signed for cleaning of China’s high-speed trains

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e-Home Household Services Holdings and Xiamen Iron Meal Enterprise Management Co have signed an agreement on cleaning services for high-speed railway trains, with a total amount of more than RMB 8 million (£886,722.44).

ACI Convention 'Duck Race' benefits The WASH Foundation

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The American Cleaning Institute’s Annual Charity Duck Race, held during the 2024 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention in Florida, raised a much-needed $40,575 for The WASH Foundation.

Survey finds Americans are strategic handwashers

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According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey conducted by Bradley Company, Americans implement handwashing on an ‘as needed’ basis…

UHS deploys cutting-edge robotic cleaning technology developed by CenoBots

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CenoBots has announced its partnership with UHS of San Antonio, a valued hospital system partner, for deploying cleaning robots. The deployment is also being carried out in collaboration with Hellogard Robotics.

This collaboration serves as a testament to the power of industry innovation and teamwork between Cenobots.

Kärcher Professional UK discount scheme helps hospitality sector get ahead of post-Christmas clear-up

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Kärcher Professional UK is helping the hospitality industry get one step ahead of new guest arrivals by eradicating, with ease, the mess caused by Christmas, thanks to its latest offer.

Hotel, restaurant and café staff can get access to all the professional cleaning equipment they need for less as part of the offer, which is aimed at making sure they have everything in place to conduct their first deep clean after the festive season.


Welcome to the Cleanzine


One of the many advantages of the Internet is the ability it gives us to be able to see what's going on in the rest of the world - and I don't just mean the 'big' news, but the little things that may be of particular interest to us as individuals. This, amongst other things for me, is cleaning, hygiene, waste management, recycling and how these issues are tackled, along with the public perception of cleaning and the treatment of our environment by individuals.

It strikes me that there's a growing pattern of disrespect for our environment and with it those who are paid to maintain it. That a dirty environment affects all of us, means that there's a growing disrespect amongst some, for those who also occupy that environment. Is it just my perception of things, or simply down to what I'm reading? Do please let me know how you see things from wherever you are in the world.

Closer to home in a South West London borough, a man posted a pic in a social media group of a rubbish bin tipped over in an alleyway. It appeared to have been ridden into by a cyclist who may have been injured in the collision, as a bike was amongst the spilled rubbish. While the man was furious with the council, those commenting said they hoped he'd reported his findings and taken steps to prevent further accidents by moving the hazards. The consensus was: "It's all very well grumbling but we all have our part to play in improving things". Perhaps the tide's starting to turn?

Another London borough had placed what I thought to be a well-designed poster about waste, headed up 'Let's SCRAP flytipping' along a pathway. It illustrated different types of waste and what should be done with them to cut council clean-up costs and reduce landfill - thus encouraging residents to 'do the right thing'. A video's circulating of a woman dumping several bags of rubbish alongside the poster (she may not have been the only one to have done so) and stopping to read the information between trips. While at first glance she appeared to be thumbing her nose at the authorities, I think she actually believed it was a waste collection station, particularly when she retrieved bits that were blowing away and added them to the pile! I reckon the council needs to rethink that one... great idea but better execution needed.





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This Week's News

Reckitt Pro Solutions proud to be Manchester Cleaning Show’s Official Hygiene Partner

* RECKITT.jpgReckitt Pro Solutions says it is proud to be the Official Hygiene Partner for the Manchester Cleaning Show and that it will be bringing its portfolio of internationally recognised cleaning and hygiene brands to the event, which is taking place at the Manchester Central Exhibition Venue on 13th - 14th March.

The company will be delivering a keynote presentation on the first day of the Show, bringing the latest research results, information and best practices for cleaning & hygiene in commercial spaces. Alongside this, it will be demonstrating the role efficient and effective products have in helping create cleaning and hygiene protocols that support stronger businesses.

WFBSC's Global Executive Summit to reunite world's leading facility services contractor executives

* WFBSC-Amsterdam.jpgThe World Federation of Building Service Contractors’ 2024 Global Executive Summit (GES), is taking place in Amsterdam on May 14th -15th, in collaboration with Interclean Amsterdam.

Tailored exclusively for CEOs, COOs, owners and senior leadership within contract cleaning and facility services firms, the Global Executive Summit promises valuable insights, trend analysis, networking opportunities and access to cutting-edge technology showcased at the Interclean trade show.

2024 CHSA Bursary launched

* CHSA-Bursary.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched its 2024 search for the successful applicants of its Undergraduate Bursary. Four talented young people will each receive £6,000 during their university career.

Since it was first awarded in 2016 in its current form, 21 young people have benefitted from the financial support offered by the Bursary. It has made it possible for them to engage fully in their university careers, paying for books and study materials, field trips and club memberships. It has also provided the freedom to enjoy the full range of social opportunities.

Exclusive technology agreement will enhance robotic floor cleaning solutions

* Tennant-buys-Brain.jpgTennant Company and Brain Corp have announced an exclusive technology agreement. Its aim is to produce a portfolio of robotic floor cleaning solutions to cover more cleaning applications and enhance customers' return on investment, to drive adoption of the new technology.

This agreement builds on the historically successful partnership between the two companies and as part of it, Tennant invested $32 million in Brain Corp, Fay West, Tennant Company senior vice president & chief financial officer, will join the Brain Corp board of directors.

Hospice housekeeping manager nominated for national award

* Hospice-Housekeeping.jpgA hospice housekeeping manager is in the running for a prestigious national award.Paula di Palma, who stepped up to lead the St Raphael's housekeeping team when Covid-19 struck, is a finalist in the 2024 'Our Health Heroes' Awards, delivered by Skills for Health.

Colleagues at St Raphael's in Cheam, South London, nominated Paula for going the extra mile for patients and volunteers and always making them feel special. "She knows every patient, family member, volunteer and colleague on first name terms," says Nick Stevens, CEO of St Raphael's. "She treats everyone the same, always with a smile and genuine interest in who they are."

Thriving cleaning company is looking to expand

* Thriving.jpgA passion for business has helped a south Cumbrian entrepreneur create a thriving cleaning company. Now Maggie Ptasinska, company director of Housekeeping Club, wants to expand the business, move to new, larger premises and increase the size of its vehicle fleet. Her ambitions go even further...

"Ultimately, I would like Housekeeping Club to be seen as 'the' commercial cleaning company that people think of in the North West when they need a cleaning service," she says.

Gates' new clean master plus pressure wash hose can really pack a punch

* GATES-CLEAN-MASTER.jpgGates, a global maufacturer of highly engineered power transmission and fluid power solutions, is launching the Clean Master Plus hose, built for high pressure applications in demanding industrial environments.

Clean Master Plus benefits from innovation in advanced materials and wire reinforcement technology to operate at extremely high pressures of up to 6,000 psi - arguably three times more than the average pressure washer hose.

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Recent UK News

Kerbside Costing Tool webinar will help councils tackle waste more effectively

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WRAP, the Waste & Resources Action Programme, is hosting an online webinar aimed at guiding local authorities on how to utilise the Kerbside Costing tool which provides Local Authorities with indicative costs and performance of different kerbside collection schemes. It is found on the Local Authority portal.

London needs a freight commissioner, says Logistics UK

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Calling for the next Mayor of London to appoint a dedicated freight commissioner, Logistics UK's senior policy advisor, Chris Yarsley, says: "The capital's 35,000 logistics businesses deliver everything London needs, and the industry provides jobs for more than a quarter of a million Londoners - almost 5% of the city's employees.

Eco-champion Forest Green Rovers FC cleans green with Delphis Eco

Eco cleaning chemical brand, Delphis Eco, has forged a new partnership with Forest Green Rovers Football Club – considered by both FIFA, the international governing body of association football, and the United Nations - as one of the greenest football team in the world.

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.

Jangro member PPS modernises last mile delivery with Descartes solution

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Jangro member Professional Paper Supplies is using Descartes' last mile delivery solution to modernise and improve its delivery operations as part of a major digital transformation program.

GMS Group wins Gloucestershire contract and works with Fidelis to provide cleaning services

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Colliers, a global leader in corporate real estate services, has appointed GMS Group as its partner across Gloucestershire in a second contract win for the cleaning & security specialist. GMS – appointed by Colliers as its partner for key sites in the West Midlands in 2023, has partnered with commercial cleaning specialist Fidelis, part of React Group, to deliver the cleaning services.

Andy Gregory becomes EcoTech MD

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Coventry-based cleaning product manufacturer EcoTech (Europe) has announced the appointment of a new managing director to spearhead its ambitious growth plans. Taking the reins is Andy Gregory who steps up from the role of finance director which he has held since May of last year.

Avoid getting caught out by exaggerated or false marketing and product claims

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association will be sharing its expertise with buyers and end users of cleaning & hygiene products, advising on how to avoid being caught out by exaggerated, vague and false marketing and product claims, by hosting a panel debate at the Manchester Cleaning Show on Wednesday 13 March, at 12.30pm.

Waste expert preps Welsh customers for seismic shift in recycling regs

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From April 6th all workplaces across Wales must sort and separate all waste - including paper and card, food, glass, metal, plastic and unsold textiles - before collection, or face strict financial penalties.

Veolia secures deal to manage Birmingham recycling and waste until 2034

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Veolia has won the contract to run Birmingham's household recycling and refuse treatment solutions for the next 10 years. The deal means the company will operate the energy recovery facility, the city's household recycling centres (HRCs) and three waste transfer stations.

BICSc and CSSA collaborate on innovative industry research

Experts from The British Institute of Cleaning Science and the Cleaning & Support Services Association have joined forces to work in partnership on an innovative pioneering project - The Future of Cleaning initiative.

An industry first, this groundbreaking collaboration between the two organisations has been launched in partnership with the University of Surrey and is aimed at exploring innovation in the cleaning industry.

Hillcroft Park wins Loo of The Year Award 2023

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The 2023 Loo of The Year Awards were presented last week and the overall winner in the search to find the 'best away from home' toilets and washrooms in the UK came from the Holiday Parks category. Hearty congratulations to Hillcroft Park from Ullswater Valley in the Lake District!

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Cleaning Products Europe
9-10th April 2024
Czech Republic


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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