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Cintas shares five recommendations to celebrate National Custodial Workers Recognition Day

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Join Cintas Corporation on 2nd October to celebrate National Custodial Workers Recognition Day and show appreciation for the dedication custodial workers have to keep facilities clean and safe for building occupants.

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

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With 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.

Purus Awards winners announced at CMS Berlin

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The 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.

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:


Welcome to the Cleanzine


I remember learning about the benefits of colour coding back in the early 90s courtesy of the wonderful Colin Hasson, who was at the time heading up the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The concept was something I’d never come across before but once Colin had explained the ‘whys and wherefores’, I was hooked to the extent that I not only regularly wrote about the system but I started using it at home – and still do – as do several friends and family members who saw from me how much sense it makes. I was particularly enthused that as well as all the benefits regarding cross-contamination etc, colour coding – if the same system were to be adopted nationally, or even globally, it would allow those in our high-turnover industry and especially those working part-time for several contractors, to move from one workplace to another without fear of using the wrong coloured equipment for the job in hand. 
You might imagine then that I was excited by the NHS Supply Chain’s announcement this week regarding the incoming National Health Service uniform colourways, to include all the allied health professions, healthcare sciences, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy. Currently uniforms are decided upon by individual Trusts, which has resulted in a range of styles, colours, embroidery and rank identifiers. “During the consultation it was clear that colour should be the primary identifier for different professions and roles,” it said. “The carefully curated colourways have been chosen for their ability to resonate nationally and create a coherent and recognisable system across the NHS. The chosen base colours and contrast trim for the smart scrub top will clearly denote each professional group.” Initially, it all made sense, but 27 different colours with contrasting trims? And gender neutral, “to ensure the fit of the garments are [sic] appropriate for use in a diverse workforce.” I don’t think so! 
Standardising uniforms to enable patients and visitors to easily identify staff – not forgetting professionals thrown together to handle emergencies – is a great idea, but what’s in the pipeline sounds far too confusing. Likewise, using one supplier rather than the multitude currently used, is likely to save money, (around 30% of the current spend of around £23million annually, according to estimates). However, since adoption will still be down to individual Trusts there is likely to be little cohesion regarding either point and I’m now wondering how much will be spent on leaflets and posters telling folk what each base colour and contrasting trim signifies! And the environmental costs of people switching to new uniforms when their old ones are still perfectly serviceable, of course… 
Now change the patient ‘uniform’, (the gown which does seem to be standard across the NHS) to one that’s less flimsy and which doesn’t require help to secure all the ties down the back but which still exposes the wearer’s backside and they’ll have a winner!





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This Week's News

CMS Berlin 2023 comes to a successful conclusion

* CMS-Berlin-2023.jpgLast week on 22nd September, the four-day international trade fair for cleaning & hygiene industry professionals reached a successful conclusion. After a four-year break, the fair took place for the 11th time on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds again and attracted more visitors than in any previous year.

In 2023, around 21,000 visitors attended the fair, compared with 20,000 in 2019. A total of 421 exhibitors from 25 countries presented an overview of the market for commercial cleaning systems (2019: 448/25) on an indoor and outdoor display area covering 31,000sq.m.

40 projects granted £1.8m to support recycling of electricals

* 40-projects.jpgMore than 40 projects across the UK have been allocated £1.8 million to make it easier for residents to recycle their electricals. The aim of the Electricals Recycling Fund is to significantly reduce the environmental impact of e-waste by making it easier for consumers to recycle their electricals, which are notoriously difficult to dispose of responsibly.

These projects will provide a variety of recycling methods, from kerbside collections to more drop-off points in schools, community centres and on-street bring banks. Overall there will be more than 400 new collection points plus kerbside collections for 5.5 million UK residents.

New approach should improve competitiveness

* ilkka-hamala.jpgTogether with the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU, a coalition of European Trade Associations representing 20% of the EU's manufacturing companies launched a debate on how a circular bioeconomy could facilitate a more competitive Europe, while at the same time helping the EU navigate global challenges such as the move away from fossils.

Opening the floor at the Coalition's launch event this week, Alberto Ruiz, counsellor for industry at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, highlighted industrial competitiveness and innovation as the priorities of the Spanish EU Presidency, while also identifying the often-overlooked role bioeconomy and circularity actors already play in delivering on these priorities.

Wing-screen wipers: How self-cleaning cicadas could help us have cleaner vehicles

* Wing-screen.jpgSelf-cleaning cicadas could help design new tech which will make our vehicles cleaner, scientists say. A type of large insect known as a cicada is able to keep its wings clean of dust and dirt through a remarkable process which could be applied in modern technology.

The texture of the cicada wing is unusually repellent to water - known as being ‘super hydrophobic’. This means that morning dew is able to collect on the wing surface, forming small water droplets. As the droplets combine with each other, they collect dust particles and microorganisms - taking them with them as the water drops off the wings.

ISS champions sustainable workplaces as official IEMA training centre

* ISS-champions.jpgISS UK & Ireland (UK&I) has been approved as an official training centre for the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) - the global professional body for individuals and organisations working, studying or interested in the environment and sustainability.

Certification as a training centre is a result of ISS meeting IEMA's rigorous standards, and will enable the business to provide certified sustainability training to both ISS colleagues and clients:

Lowering costs of wastewater treatment with nanobubble technology

* wastewater-nanobubble.jpgNanobubble technology specialist, Moleaer, will be exhibiting at WEFTEC, (Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition & Conference) next month, with the company's senior water process engineer, John Crisman, also presenting a paper on the ways 'Clean chemistry lowers the cost-to-treat by improving wastewater treatability and increasing capacity: a case study on nanobubble pretreatment'.

The presentation will be held on 3rd October at 16:00, as part of the Design Tools & Technologies for Preliminary & Primary Treatment professional education track.

Sodexo secures £730m Project Allenby/Connaught contract

* Sodexo-Allenby-Connaught.jpgSodexo's commitment to delivering a great 'Lived Experience' for the military has been a key factor in the retention of its contract with Aspire Defence Services for the delivery of cleaning services, catering, retail and mess management across all the garrisons of Project Allenby/Connaught.

The new contract is for a further 17 years and nine months (with a 10 year benchmarking clause) and is worth £730m over the initial 10 year period.

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Recent UK News

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

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Metsä 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.

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

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Tesco 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.

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

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Employers and anyone else interested in finding out more about the new Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship are being urged to sign up for one of a series of Zoom information sessions starting in October.

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.

Three years of Planet Mark certification for Jangro

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Jangro, 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.

Delphis Eco announces partnership with foodservice specialist FusionFSM

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As 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.

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.

The commitment states members adhere to four ethical principles:

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.

Events & Exhibitions

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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