*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 17th March 2022 Issue no. 1008

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International News

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

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A 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.

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

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Kleen-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.

Nominations announced for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award 2022

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From 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.

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

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Upon 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.

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

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Goodway 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

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

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.

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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?

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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?

* Global-Recycling-Day.jpgIn 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_Phillipa-Roberts.jpgPrinciple 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

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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-Urinals-Green-Certification.jpgWaterless 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-operations-director.jpgCleanology, 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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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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The Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards bring together the whole industry - here are five reasons why you should not miss it.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

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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