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International News

New study shows sustainability boosts bottom line

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NTT, a global technology company, has just published the results of a corporate sustainability survey. The report, 'Innovating for a Sustainable Future', found that 44% of those companies surveyed enjoyed improved profitability due to the sustainability programs they have initiated.

Two new top appointments at ISS

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ISS has announced two important new appointments:

Lars Petersson’s nomination as a new member of the Board of Directors for election at April’s Annual General Meeting, and the appointment of Sam Hockman as CEO, global key accounts and member of the Executive Group Management as of June 2022.

BSCAI announces 2022 board of directors

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The Building Service Contractors Association International has announced the installation of its newly elected officers and directors.

Older technologies provide inadequate hygiene protection: 62% of people concerned about visiting a public washroom

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A new study from Dyson for Business, conducted in July 2021 across 20 countries worldwide, has revealed that the public are still concerned about visiting public washrooms, often due to poor hygiene standards.

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It must have been almost two decades ago, when I discovered a report outlining the spiraling costs for landfill in the various countries making up the EU, that I discussed over several Leaders, various ways that those who don’t recycle everything they can, (simply because they ought to!) could be persuaded to ‘do the right thing’. I recall musing over the merits of providing some sort of incentive, in terms of, say, a council tax rebate dependent upon the amount of recycling left out for collection, or perhaps how rarely a householder opted to have their general waste bin emptied. At that stage my own waste bin was emptied fortnightly whereas once every six months would have been perfectly adequate as my family didn’t generate much waste; some years later the council reverted to weekly collections. I wonder how many man-hours could have been saved over the years, if people like me had been given the choice… how much money the council could have saved or how much crucial (and perhaps more enjoyable?) work could have been carried out instead, by the freed-up refuse teams.

When we launched Cleanzine, every local authority in the UK was on our circulation. I’d hoped for feedback – or to read about some policy change or other, but nothing came of it. With the UK population almost eight million higher than it was back then, we have a far more pressing need to find a solution to the ever growing and ever more costly landfill problem that faces us.

Now this may not be the first authority to have come up with a novel idea to change people’s behaviour but it’s the first of its type I’ve heard about and I sincerely hope it’s a success and that others follow suit, or come up with their own schemes. Residents in Caerphilly, Wales, now have the chance of winning £500 in return for putting their food waste caddy out for collection each week and it’s hoped that this will encourage the 60% who don’t bother recycling their food waste, to start doing so. As Caerphilly Council currently receives 50p per tonne of anaerobic digestion from food waste collections, the scheme could well be self-sustaining if enough householders take part, since the increased tonnage of food waste collected should generate enough to cover the winnings. You can read more about the scheme in this week’s news, below, and if you’re involved in waste collection and are considering – or running – a recycling incentive, I’d love to hear about it – wherever you may be in the world!




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This Week's News

Waste management companies likely to see high M&A activity in 2022 and beyond

* Plimsoll-chart.jpgA new report on the global economy lists waste management as one of the top three industries likely to experience high merger & acquisition activity in 2022 and beyond.

Buying another company has increasingly replaced research & development to become the preferred growth and innovation strategy across many sectors of the global economy. As markets continue to grapple with the aftermath of the pandemic and a treacherous geopolitical landscape, the lack of stability needed to grow organically has seen the number of deals reaching record levels. In fact, US$5 trillion dollars-worth of M&A deals have been completed in the last year alone.

Kleen-Tex commits to a sustainable future with new product development lead

* Kleen-Tex_Steve-Sargeant.jpgKleen-Tex, one of the world's leading floor mat manufacturers, has announced a new senior appointment as part of its significant investment into product development, to ensure it provides customers across the globe with sustainable, high performance matting solutions.

As part of Kleen-Tex's evolving growth strategy, Steve Sargeant, Kleen-Tex's new head of new product development, will play an integral role in implementing the company's major investment to further enhance the environmental credentials and functionality of its products.

Nominations announced for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award 2022

* Interclean.jpgFrom cloths made from plastic bottles collected from coasts, beaches, seas and rivers, to eco-friendly cleaning robots or a spray bottle that turns tap water into aqueous ozone, which is a powerful, natural sanitiser.

An independent jury selected the 12 nominees for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award from 78 submissions in four categories.

New Tidy Green Clean franchise aims to disrupt Glasgow commercial cleaning sector

* Tidy-Green-Clean-franchise-launches.jpgTwo Tidy Green Clean regional directors have joined forces with another TGC colleague to launch a new TGC franchise in Glasgow & West. It's the second such joint venture bringing existing TGC franchisees in partnership together, this time building on the success of their existing Tidy Green Clean franchises in Aberdeen North and Forth Valley.

Tidy Green Clean is a leading environmentally friendly commercial cleaning business that operates on a franchise model and the new Tidy Green Clean Glasgow & West is coming to disrupt commercial cleaning across the city.

Survey reveals five ways Covid changed impressions of public washrooms and facilities

* Survey-five-ways-Covid-changed-washrooms.jpgUpon entering the third year of the pandemic, Americans are not only more sensitive to germs in public washrooms, they now hold higher standards for the cleanliness, condition and technology used in these shared spaces, according to the annual Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corporation conducted in January.

Despite ongoing Covid outbreaks, most Americans have not been deterred from using public bathrooms. In fact, 41% report using them as often as they did before Covid came on the scene. Interestingly, 27% say they use them more now than previously.

Bio-D secures coveted B Corporation Certification

* Bio-D-Certification.jpgGreen cleaning company Bio-D has joined a select group of businesses in the UK to secure B Corporation (B Corp) status. Measuring a company's entire social and environmental impact, the certification cements Bio-D as a leader in the global movement for an inclusive, fair, and regenerative economy.

Only one third of businesses who apply for the accreditation are successful, and there are fewer than 1,000 companies in the UK that have reached the standards required for the certification.

Clever new initiative will encourage food waste recycling

* Mash-for-cash.jpgCllr. Philippa Marsden, leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, in Wales, has launched a new initiative that gives residents the chance to win £500 towards their energy bills in return for putting their food waste caddy out for collection each week.

The 'Mash for Cash' campaign aims to increase the number of residents currently recycling their food waste, with current participation levels currently around 40% throughout the Borough. In turn, the Local Authority hopes that the increase in food waste recycling would lead to a decline in the amounts of refuse disposal, boosting the overall recycling rates as well as supporting the Council's commitment to reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases and thereby contributing to the national and global goals for decarbonisation.

New national standard to support sustainable cleaning & hygiene supplies used across Pinnacle's FM portfolio

* Sarah-Russell_Pinnacle-Group.jpgPinnacle Group, together with Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Services (BCHS), have launched Project Switch - a new national sustainability standard for commercial cleaning and hygiene supplies.

Project Switch is a new set of standards designed by Pinnacle Group and BCHS, to ensure that sustainably produced and packaged cleaning chemicals, plus hygiene consumables, are prioritised across Pinnacle Group's soft facilities services portfolio - in homes, educational facilities and public buildings.

New anti-static carbon fibre vacuum accessory kit makes overhead cleaning and dust removal easier, safer, and less costly

* Goodway-Technologies.jpgGoodway Technologies has launched a new anti-static Carbon Fibre Vacuum Accessory Kit.

This lightweight and practical solution delivers a safer, effective, and less labour-intensive way to perform the overhead cleaning of pipes, walls and other surfaces where combustible dust can accumulate.

Idrobase sanitises Italian Pavilion at Cameroon’s Salon Promote

* Idrobase-sanitizes-in-Cameroon.jpgThe mission was clear: to guarantee an exhibition environment, free from viruses, for the renewed presence of Italian companies at a trade fair in Cameroon.

Jangro expands team to support national accounts offer

* JANGRO-EXPANDS-TEAM.jpgIndependent janitorial distribution network, Jangro, has announced two new appointments. General sales manager, Sue Gernon, has been brought in to head up the national accounts division, whilst Tim Corbett, who joined the team late last year, has been appointed as business development manager. He is responsible for building relationships with new and existing customers.

Their addition strengthens Jangro's senior team, and will help the company to continue building on its great customer offer. As the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial distributors, Jangro is able to offer its national account holders fantastic benefits.

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Recent UK News

Sitemark benchmarking helps users deliver superb services

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2022 finds us transitioning into uncharted territory, 'the new normal' presenting businesses with a myriad of unseasoned hurdles. The situation caused by the impact of 'post-Brexit / post-Covid-19' has propelled management teams towards an overhaul of working practices. In addition to an unprecedented labour exodus, many cleaning service providers are struggling to deliver the service levels demanded of them.

Why attend the 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Services Awards?

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Greyland will be on Maximum Eco again in Manchester

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The Cleaning Show stand D15

Greyland returns to Manchester this April and will be presenting their hugely successful Maximum Eco environmental cleaning chemical range.

Containing both mainly neutral Ph water based rapidly bio-degradable chemicals and also a probiotic enzyme range, which use a sustainable source of UK cultivated enzymes which have a minimal environmental footprint.


Technology and sustainability top agenda as Manchester Cleaning Show returns this April

Following its triumphant return to London in 2021, The Cleaning Show is gearing up to return to Manchester for its first face-to-face event in the city for more than three years.

Mrs Buckét spruces up its management team with new Head of People

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Leading commercial cleaning company Mrs Buckét has employed a new Head of People as it continues its drive to be one of the foremost employers in the cleaning and facilities management industry.

Kingdom Cleaning promotes Peter Buff to managing director

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Cleaning and soft services provider, Kingdom Cleaning, has a new managing director at the helm, following the recent promotion of Peter Buff.

Anti-microbial resistance and the dangers of trying to make our buildings bacteria free

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Gary Fage C.Env.Cln, managing director of Janitorial Express & current Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, writes…

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