Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 17th March 2022 Issue no. 1008
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Waste management companies likely to see high M&A activity in 2022 and beyond
Kleen-Tex commits to a sustainable future with new product development lead
Nominations announced for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award 2022
An independent jury selected the 12 nominees for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award from 78 submissions in four categories.
Survey reveals five ways Covid changed impressions of public washrooms and facilities
New anti-static carbon fibre vacuum accessory kit makes overhead cleaning and dust removal easier, safer, and less costly
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
New study shows sustainability boosts bottom line
Two new top appointments at ISS
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.
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There’s been a tradition – certainly in the British Isles but perhaps also in other parts of the world – to have a cleaning blitz around this time of year to remove dirt that’s built up over Winter and spruce everything up in time for Summer. The sun has a remarkable knack of showing up dust and grime – particularly on windows, so perhaps this has some bearing on it being a ‘Spring Clean’ rather than a ‘Hunker down for Winter clean’.
For some years, Keep Britain Tidy has organised an annual ‘Great British Spring Clean’ and while in 2022 this is taking place from tomorrow until 10th April, the work is already underway as our pictures in this week’s news And Finally section shows. I’ve spent time in London over the past few days and as always happens, I can’t help but be on the lookout for people cleaning and noticing areas that need to be cleaned. In dashing to meet family visiting from California I noticed what I thought was an unusual cleaning operation and took a picture. I wondered, because of their antiquated methods, whether those involved were being punished for some crime or other (being forced to clean off their own graffiti perhaps?) but wasn’t able to linger and ask. It was only when I got home that I realised it hadn’t been cleaning I’d been looking at, but surface refurbishment. Surely there’s an easier way of doing this work?
Seeing the team on their hands and knees took me back to a hospital stay when I was six years old. My ward boasted a wooden, herringbone-tiled floor, which was swept with a broom and then polished by staff on their knees. Yes, it was a long time ago and thank goodness methods have improved – well, certainly when it comes to cleaning, anyway! I’d like to thank everyone employed in keeping our environment - both indoors and out - clean, tidy and hygienic, along with the hundreds of volunteers who help out, not only during this annual event but throughout the year. I occasionally see people out walking who are picking litter as they go. I’ll say here that it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t arise for them, but I appreciate their efforts hugely and am sat here wondering why I don’t follow suit. More on that another time…
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This Week's News
Global Recycling Day: How could recycling benefit your business?
In celebration of Global Recycling Day this coming Friday, 18th March, experts at essential services provider, Direct365, has shared a guide on the benefits of recycling for your business, along with advice on how to achieve green goals.
Environmental awareness is rising and though the environmental benefits of recycling are widely discussed, action is still needed by consumers and corporations.
Call for nominations for 13th Annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award
Nominations are open for the 13th Annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, which acknowledges the crucial role of environmental services (EVS) departments in the US, in reducing preventable healthcare associated infections (pHAIs). Sponsored by UMF Corporation, the Award aims to spotlight EVS staff, the essential healthcare workers who too often are overlooked when it comes to controlling pHAIs such as MRSA, C. diff., hepatitis, Covid-19, and more. Nominations are open through 30th April, 2022.
"Each year, one in 25 hospitalised patients will get a pHAI, an infection resulting from the care they receive, and an estimated 75,000 patients will die," says UMF CEO George Clarke.
Principle's second conference to focus on sustainability and people
Principle Cleaning Services is hosting its second sustainability conference, on Thursday 31st March, at Barings' London office. The theme is sustainability and people, with presentations covering what ESG means in real estate and how to report on it effectively, the benefits of working with social enterprises, a discussion on carbon footprints, and how we can all contribute to a lower carbon lifestyle.
Principle's CEO, Peter Smith, will open the event before introducing four guest speakers - Phillipa Roberts, a circular economy thought leader; Professor Rob Holdway FRSA, FIEMA; Jonathan Withey from Planet Mark and Osla Jamwal-Fraser from Shetland Soaps.
Washie Smart Toilet Seat is making it safe to go in public washrooms again
When nature calls, few of us like to make us of public washrooms.
That's starting to change with the Washie Toilet Seat, the cleverly-designed Smart toilet seat with a hands-free sensor that dispenses an alcohol-based cleaning solution to wipe the seat down before and after use.
Waterless Urinals earn NGBS Green Certification
Waterless No-Flush urinals manufactured by Waterless Co, have earned National Green Building Standard Certification (NGBS Green) from Home Innovation Research Labs.
NGBS Green is a building certification program that focuses on new and existing residential structures. It is the only green building certification program recognised and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Cleanology announces top new operations director to support rapid growth plans
Cleanology, a leading commercial cleaning company has appointed a new operations director to play a key part in its expansion drive. With over 40% growth in 2021-22 alone, Commercial and Office cleaning company, Cleanology has recruited South African-born Juliet Widdicombe to take on the important role.
Juliet has joined Cleanology - based in Clapham, South West London - from Bellrock Property and Facilities Management where she was service delivery manager.
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