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International News

ACI emphasises importance of modernising America's recycling system as Congress examines ways to improve recyclability

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The US House Committee on Energy & Commerce recently held a hearing on ‘No Time to Waste: Solutions for America's Broken Recycling System’. In conjunction with the hearing, the American Cleaning Institute offered its perspective as Congress examines ways to improve America's recycling capabilities.

New air duct cleaning machine features increased power and next generation smart technology

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Indoor air quality solutions specialist Rotobrush International has launched a new air duct cleaning machine. The all new BrushBeast DR features next generation smart technology, more vacuum power and more control while maintaining the same portability and ease of use that is known with the brand.

Phs Group and GreenTeck Global bring Ecoflow Innovation to UK Washroom Sector

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A new collaboration between phs Group and GreenTeck Global is offering UK companies a chemical-free way to destroy, rather than mask, lingering bathroom-related odours. From July, the new Ecoflow will be available across the UK via renowned hygiene provider, phs Group, in an exclusive five-year contract.

Vectair Systems appoints Chelsey Schwartz as vice president of marketing

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, is pleased to welcome Chelsey Schwartz to its leadership team, as vice president of marketing.

Tips on using citric acid cleaning solutions

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Citric acid cleaning solutions are gaining more interest in the professional cleaning industry: they are a very safe, environmentally preferable way to clean surfaces, and, being derived from lemons and limes, they promote sustainability.

However, to take advantage of the benefits of citric acid cleaning solutions, sanitisers and disinfectants, cleaning professionals should be aware of the following do's and don'ts.

Old Bottles, new wipe. Vileda Professional r-MicroTuff Swift, the first recycled cleaning cloth from Vileda Professional

Sustainability is at the heart of our corporate activity. Based on more than 60 years’ experience in the business we want to provide more than just cleaning solutions which keep sites and surfaces hygienically clean, they should also contribute to a cleaner planet as well.

New AI app helps track cleaning competence

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Optiqo's latest mobile application - Cleantracker AI, offers an easy-to-use method of validating cleaning effectiveness by adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning. Combining AI with advanced image recognition, it facilitates the classification and evaluation of surface area contamination.

RAS partners with Ascendo Academy on a restroom inspection course

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In its bid to equip premises managers and Environmental Control Coordinators with the essential knowledge regarding clean toilet standards, the Restroom Association (Singapore) partnered with the Ascendo Academy to offer a free course on washroom inspection in addition to the ECC course.

UMF names Lisa Gross National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award recipient

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UMF Corporation has announced that custodial service associate Lisa Gross has earned the company's 13th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

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If you’re a regular reader of my Leaders you’ll know how disgruntled I am about the way our recycling schemes are run in the UK, and also of my argument that we should be doing our utmost to avoid creating stuff that one day will need to be recycled. Of course recycling’s a better option than sending all our waste to landfill, but the assumption that recycling’s the perfect solution to our waste problem is way off track and something that needs to be addressed – and fast. 
One of my bugbears is excess packaging. Take the humble cucumber, for example. Why is it, that nigh on all the stores in which I see cucumbers for sale, present each cucumber individually shrink-wrapped in plastic. Why? The plastic’s a devil to get off and cucumbers come in their own skin anyway. They’re not slimy or prickly and most of us wash them before use so they’re unlikely to be contaminated through other people’s handling. I never buy packaged bananas for the same reason. 
My daughter gifted me a snack pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups last week. My delight soon turned to dismay when I discovered that inside the exterior packaging were five individually wrapped sweets, each one also sitting in its cake case and protected by a cardboard (thankfully recycleable) base. No more Reeses for me then and that’s not because once through all the layers of packaging, there was nothing like the volume of deliciousness that I’d first expected! And when it comes to cucumbers, I’ve voted with my feet and support my local farmers. I buy cucumbers – along with my other fruit and veg, loose at one of the farmers or local markets and if they’ve sold out, I go without. While we keep putting up with bad practice, nothing will change, and a little inconvenience on my part is a small price to pay. 
Apart from Tesco though. The recent news that this British-owned supermarket has promised to ditch plastic wrapping on its own brands whilst allowing shoppers to enjoy the same discounts as they would if buying shrink-wrapped multipacks, is music to my ears. And this is just the beginning with further changes planned for later this year. I hope Tesco sees its profits soar so that others have to follow suit and that the change persuades the big brands that this is the type of progress we want to see, for without it, we simply won’t buy.



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This Week's News

Do college students make the grade on cleaning?

* Do-college-students-clean.jpgThe sophomore year of the American Cleaning Institute's Class of Clean is now in session. The College Student's Guide to Cleaning' aims to educate college students on proper cleaning, laundry and hygiene practices.

According to new data from ACI and Wakefield Research, while nearly all college students (92%) recognise that a clean room helps them feel their best, both mentally and physically, nearly three in four (72%) were less than completely prepared to clean on their own upon first arriving to college.

Agenda announced for sixth edition of Forum ISSA Pulire

* issa-pulire.jpgThe speakers of the ISSA Pulire 2022 Forum have been announced. The sixth edition of the congress dedicated to integrated services will address issues which more than others are influencing our present and, above all, shaping the future of this sector.

Illustrious professionals and experts, from both related sectors and from industries far from that of services; all in some way connected to the three chosen themes… ISSA Pulire Network, organiser of the event, has created a heterogeneous program with the desire of stimulating the minds of the audience through knowledge sharing and dialogue with very different subjects because it is from the dialogue that new ideas and innovations arise.

Targeted hygiene protocols create a more hygienic, time-saving and cost-saving Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

* targeted-hygiene-protocols.jpgBy Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, director of medical and scientific engagement, hygiene at Reckitt

“In a world where it remains challenging to drive confidence, high standards of hygiene remain of great importance - in February 2022 according to Global Reckitt Covid Tracker, with 1000 individuals surveyed, 38% still choose where they visit based on disinfection standards.

Successful biogas trial paves way to Europe for Genesis Biosciences

* Wastewater-Treatment-Genesis-Bio.jpgA biogas additive produced by Genesis Biosciences and used in the wastewater treatment process has secured pre-eminent results in a live trial ahead of its launch to market later this year.

The three-month trial was part of the United Utilities Innovation Lab and allowed the opportunity to test Evogen Biogas Additive in a real-world environment based on a set of predetermined objectives; increase biogas generation, increase energy production and reduce final sludge volume for disposal with no detrimental impact on the final sludge quality. Genesis's additive surpassed on all targets.

Global Hygiene Summit to take place in Singapore in 2023

* Prof-Leo.jpgThe Global Hygiene Summit 2023, organised in partnership with the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (Singapore), and in collaboration with the World Bank, is being hosted in Singapore on 15th and 16th February 2023.

The Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI), a not-for-profit foundation established in 2020 with a multi-year $25 million grant from Reckitt, is focussed on plugging significant gaps in the health research space and improving access to information that will bridge epidemiology, public health and behaviour change. The Summit will align with this aim by informing the global health agenda, stimulating discussion which could lead to the adoption of better and more sustainable hygienic practises globally.

Denis Rawlins launches cleaning equipment contract hire service

* Denis-Rawlins_James-White.jpgCleaning consultant and equipment supplier, Denis Rawlins, has launched a contract hire service to help businesses invest in the latest cleaning innovations, whilst protecting their bottom line.

The service, which will enable customers to hire equipment from leading hygiene brands including KaiVac and SpaceVac, will offer fixed term contracts, with no upfront costs and set monthly payments.

Georgia Tech saved $700,000 with GenEon

* Georgia-Tech-savings.jpgGeorgia Institue of Technology has saved $700,000 in cleaning and disinfecting costs thanks to GenEon. Founded in 1885, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a nationally recognised research university that sits on 400 beautiful, wooded acres in the heart of Atlanta. Its 25,000 students make use of over nine million square feet of building space.

Sodexo celebrates Accelerators innovation success

* Sodexo-Accelerators.jpgSodexo celebrated the culmination of its UK and Ireland innovation programme, Accelerators, in a special event held at its London headquarters recently.

Sodexo launched the Accelerators programme back in November 2021, partnering with innovation specialist L Marks, inviting applications from start-ups and scale-ups with a focus on employee experience, sustainability and smart buildings. Over 400 start-ups applied as part of a global scouting mission, and the final five start-ups were selected by Sodexo leaders, with input from clients, following two events held in April 2022.

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Recent UK News

Cleanology launches new industry fundraiser event to tackle hygiene poverty

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Cleanology has brought together some of the biggest names in the cleaning and facilities management industry to support the launch of a spectacular new annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank.

Keep employees safe in hot weather

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Hazel Bulgin, UK sales manager at Slingsby: one of the UK's leading suppliers of industrial & commercial equipment, offers some practical tips on keeping employees safe and comfortable in hot weather:

Sellafield cleaning contract leads to bigger things

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Winning a cleaning contract at Sellafield in 2003 has proved fruitful for Mitie, as almost two successful decades at the site, providing an expanded range of services, have now led to it being awarded a five-year contract to deliver Sellafield's new Integrated Asset Care framework, as a 50/50 partnership with Jacobs, under a joint venture called OneAIM. Sellafield estimates the IAC contract to be worth up to £250m over the full term of the contract.

Cleaning industry body angered by lack of response to its letters to Cabinet Secretary

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Angry business leaders in the cleaning & hygiene sector have hit out after the Government simply failed to fully respond and agree to their demands for a meeting to discuss the findings in the Sue Gray report, in which cleaners were identified as having been disrespected.

BICSc Awards: shortlist of finalists revealed

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The shortlist of finalists for the British Institute of Cleaning Science Awards 2022, which celebrate the exceptional efforts of leading lights from the professional cleaning industry, has been announced.

The organisation was inundated with entries for these popular annual Awards
this year, in a program which will culminate in an Awards Dinner on Thursday, 22nd September 2022, at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Meriden.

TV presenter and former England international rugby player Martin Bayfield is the celebrity host for the Awards – an event renowned as one of the largest and most influential in the cleaning industry's calendar.

Strike averted as cleaners win inflation-busting pay rise

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Latin American cleaners from Ecuador and Bolivia who work at Riverside Quarter, a large luxury residence in Wandsworth, London, have won a 16% pay rise bringing them up to £11.05 an hour from their previous rate of £9.50, the national minimum wage.

This pay rise comes after the cleaners, who are United Voices of the World members, voted to take strike action, with 100% of the UVW cleaners balloted, voting to strike. 

Matrix awards top partners

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British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix Cleaning Systems has once again recognised the important role its distributors, stockists and service engineers play in its continued success, by presenting the top performers with Awards.

Mitie appointed supplier to new Government FM and workplace services framework

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Mitie has been named as a supplier on the new Crown Commercial Services framework, RM6232. The appointment enables Mitie to tender for contracts across all Government departments and public sector organisations to deliver a full range of facilities management services, from waste management and landscaping, to building maintenance, cleaning, reception and security services.

Jangro enhances health & safety training module

Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has made further enhancements to its award-winning and CPD-accredited e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS). Its newly refreshed health and safety training course is now live and available for operatives to complete at www.jangrolms.net.

London's Pride: biggest clean-up operation to date

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Veolia's fully electric street cleansing fleet and dedicated team ensured a swift and effective clean-up operation for one of the biggest events of the year, collecting over 180 tonnes of waste as more than a million people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade in London.

Sodexo becomes official Supporter of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter

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Sodexo has this week been announced as a Supporter of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, making it one of the scheme's largest employers.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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


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