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International News

Global Recycling Day: How could recycling benefit your business?

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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.

Washie Smart Toilet Seat is making it safe to go in public washrooms again

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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

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Waterless No-Flush urinals manufactured by Waterless Co, have earned National Green Building Standard Certification (NGBS Green) from Home Innovation Research Labs.

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, show. 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.* LEADER-JPG-24th-March-2022.jpg

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

No-water urinal market expected to grow over next 10 years

* No-Water-Urinal-Market.jpgAccording to Kenneth Research, which investigates market trends for several industries, and investment magazine MarketWatch, the worldwide demand for waterless or no-water urinals is expected to grow by more than 10% over the forecast period of 2022 to 2031.

No-water urinals are unlike conventional urinals in that they do not require the use of water to operate effectively. "They help in reducing water consumption and also help in cutting the costs associated with water supply and plumbing," says the report.

Healthcare Cleaning Forum: Healthcare environmental hygiene turning towards the future

* Interclean-Healthcare-Cleaning-Forum.jpgInterclean's Healthcare Cleaning Forum is taking place for the second time in RAI Amsterdam on 12th May 2022. The focus of this one-day international conference is on cleaning and hygiene as part of infection prevention in hospitals and long-term care institutions.

Visitors to this year's conference can look forward to interesting keynote speeches and breakout sessions relating to themes such as the impact of Covid, cleaning and disinfection, (international) guidelines, sustainability, the importance of evidence-based interventions and new, innovative technology.

How to grow and protect our cleaning franchise business in times of uncertainty

* Chris-Wootton_Poppies.jpgUncertainty forms a significant part of any business. Every business owner knows that without risk, there is no reward. The extent of the effects of Covid-19 could not have been predicted, or prevented, and businesses across all industries, including the cleaning franchise sector, were forced to adapt and change their business landscape as they knew it.

Franchising, however, has a strong operational model, and the past two years have shown that the sector is well positioned to thrive even in the most challenging times. Testament to its resilience, many franchises continued to operate even during really difficult moments, with entrepreneurs continuing to invest in, and launch, new franchises across the UK.

BCC to launch 'We Clean, We Care' at Manchester Cleaning Show

* BCC-We-Clean-We-Care.jpgAttendees at this year's Cleaning Show in Manchester are being strongly encouraged to claim and wear a free badge celebrating the work of cleaning and hygiene staff.

The British Cleaning Council will launch a new stage in its campaign for wider recognition for the vital work that cleaning & hygiene staff do at the Manchester Cleaning Show, which takes place over 6th - 7th April, by launching the 'We Clean, We Care' slogan and badge at the show.

Prochem packaging moves to 100% recycled plastics

* Prochem-packaging.jpgCleaning products specialist Prochem Europe is introducing post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) packaging to its product ranges. Says Prochem chemical product manager, Parag Patel:

"We all are aware of the huge amount of plastics being used in everyday items. Too much ends up in the ocean or in landfill instead of being recycled.

E-foam battery foamer forgoes manual pumping to produce thick and adhesive foam

* E-foam-battery-foamer.jpgPut an end to continuous effort and manual pumping with the e-foam from Belgian supplier De Witte. Incorporating a powerful lithium-ion battery, it activates with just one push on the button and facilitates the non-stop production of foam for up to one hour.

Birkin Group's £6.5m funding boost will facilitate investment

* Birkin_Kim_Martin.jpgBirkin Group, has secured £6.5m funding from Boost&Co and its sister company, Growth Lending. The funding will be used to create new jobs, support growth capital, repay legacy shareholders, provide ongoing working capital and facilitate investment in new technology.

Established in 1972, the business has grown to become a technology-led provider of all aspects of cleaning, pest and waste services to clients across the UK.

Great British Spring Clean underway in London...

* London-Spring-Clean-Team.jpgMarble Arch London Business Improvement District has brought together Westminster City Council and Transport for London - along with several contractors, including TfL's Ringway and the Westminster Council's recycling and waste partner Veolia.

This was to undertake gully cleansing, pavement washing, bin replacement, pothole filling, chewing gum removal and pavement repairs the length and breadth of Edgware Road, from Marble Arch to the Marylebone Flyover. The morning saw eight vehicles and 25 crew members participating in over 100 hours of cleaning, as part of this year's Great British Spring Clean.

Jangro confirms new addition to its membership

* JANGRO-NEW-ADDITION.jpgJangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has announced that TDB Supply Solutions officially joined its membership on 1st March 2022. Jangro currently has a total of 47 members in its network, are all strategically located across the country to provide a speedy, efficient and caring personal service tailored to clients' needs.

Established in 2010, Dorset-based TDB Supply Solutions is a British company that prides itself in researching, understanding and solving everyday problems, no matter how small or large and providing excellent customer service. Its aim is to provide customers with good quality products from leading manufacturers at competitive prices.

Don't get caught out by PPE law changes this month

* PPE-care.jpgOne of the UK's leading PPE suppliers is warning businesses of a change in personal protective equipment law which could catch them out if they are not prepared.

From 6th April 2022, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 will extend employers' PPE duties, requiring them to provide appropriate equipment for free to casual workers, who were not previously covered under the same regulations that have been in force since 1992.

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.

Mitie awarded new £500m IFM Cumbria Consortium contract

* Mitie-IFM-Cumbria-Consortium.jpgMitie has been awarded a new IFM contract with the Cumbria Consortium, which includes Sellafield (pictured), worth up to £500m. With an initial term of five years, and the option to extend for up to five more years, Mitie will provide all facilities management services across the sites, including engineering, cleaning, security, waste, grounds maintenance, catering and projects.

As part of the Cumbrian Consortium, as well as Sellafield, the contract will also cover locations across Cumbria and Warrington.

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Recent UK News

Principle's second conference to focus on sustainability and people

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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.

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.


Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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