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Designed to restore the public's confidence in post-pandemic hygiene and drive footfall, Oxonox’s two controlled plasma sterilisation solutions have demonstrated that they provide round-the-clock protection against viruses and bacteria, reducing the microbiological load continually by 90% on average, both in the air and on surfaces, outside of laboratory conditions.
The agreement will provide plastic scrap to Clean Planet's new ecoPlant, to be built in Alabama, and means that up to 20,000 tons of plastic residue generated at the current KW Plastics facility in Alabama will be turned into reusable circular products, rather than being sent to landfill.
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If you’re a regular reader of my Leaders you’ll be well aware of my passion for the environment and will have heard my many calls for us all to do more to support it – not in an Extinction Rebellion sort of way, but by being mindful of what we do and being as savvy as possible when it comes to our choices and how they’ll impact the world in which we live. This passion goes back a long way – I was taking glass recycleables to the bottle bank years before the first UK roadside collections began and have always believed that if something’s broken, rather than bin it we should repair it if possible or find another use for it. I’ve been able to make so many long-lasting ‘Heath Robinson’ repairs from bits I’ve hung onto which I thought might come in useful someday, while the shrub and plant-filled toilet with its handy u-bend water reservoir in my front garden makes a great talking point! I’ve procured things I love from FreeBay, Gumtree and local social media groups and in return have donated items that others are now enjoying. I’m doing my bit for the planet – and for others, too, and it feels good.
As you might imagine then, I’m delighted that Cleanzine has been chosen as a media partner for the new Metsä Tissue Annual Sustainability Awards, held in partnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association. These new awards are now open for entry, with presentations to the winners being made in London from 19:00hrs on Wednesday 15th March 2023, the second day of the London Cleaning Show, at the iconic Cutty Sark – one of the last and fastest British tea clippers to have been built and something in itself that’s been cleverly repurposed. This free-to-enter Awards programme is open to all organisations involved in our industry - companies large and small, membership and accreditation organisations and end users, whether commercial or public sector. You can nominate yourself, your suppliers or your customers (or a team of any combination if that’s relevant). Awards categories include Carbon Reducer, Social Value Impact, Renewable Energy Performer, Best Sustainability Marketing & Communication Initiative, Team Sustainability Excellence and Individual Sustainability Excellence.
“We’ve founded these awards with the aim of bringing about an increased focus on sustainability in all its forms,” says Metsa Tissue. “We hope they will result in a positive momentum that will drive more environmental, social & governance initiatives to help support the future of our world. Our aim is to highlight and reward sustainability practices throughout our industry and thus create a positive, lasting impact on the environment.” Find out more at https://www.2023sustainabilityawards.com
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The 441-page 'Commercial Scrubbers and Sweepers - Global Outlook & Forecast 2022-2027 report, recently added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering, finds that futuristic inventions in mainstream robotics and other complementary technologies will likely boost investor confidence in the market and thereby increase funding.
While startups are expected to adopt advanced and modern technology with demonstrable features, says the report, existing vendors will continue improvising their product portfolio with upgrades. Thus, introducing upgrades will fuel the market growth during the forecast period.
Established over 50 years ago and renowned as one of the UK's leading suppliers of cleaning equipment, Rawlins now has a new managing director. With the retirement of James White, Werner du Plessis is embarking on a plan to take the business in a new and more sustainable direction, while also offering a new and important service.
"As I take the reins at Rawlins, I am excited to announce that clients will soon be able to lease our range of innovative and highly efficient cleaning machines on a 2-, 3- or 5-year contract," he says.
Truvox International is exhibiting at the London Vet Show at ExCel, London from 17th through18th November and visitors will be able to see the Multiwash Pro - which was launched at last year's show - alongside the Valet Battery Upright II (VBUII) and the VTVe compact high-performance dry vacuum cleaner.
Available in three sizes and effective on all floors - from carpets to hard floors, and escalators to entrance matting - the Multiwash Pro leaves floors ready to walk on in minutes. Available in 24cm, 34cm and 44cm cleaning widths, the machines are easy to assemble, use and maintain.
The Health & Safety Executive’s annual musculoskeletal disorders 'risk-reduction through design' award is now open for nominations. The award highlights the important contribution that ergonomics-based design changes can make to reduce the risks of work-related MSDs.
Employers can nominate any design solutions implemented in workplaces in the UK that have demonstrated how they have reduced musculoskeletal risks for their own workers.
In recognition of its dedicated quality management of community-led services, facilities services provider Pinnacle Group has once again been awarded the world's most recognised Quality Management System (QMS) standard - ISO9001:2015.
First receiving the accreditation in 2008 and every year subsequently, this year is the first time that Pinnacle has been awarded the standard via a UKAS accreditation body, British Assessment Bureau. The decision to use the UK's highest governing body when it comes to accreditations builds on Pinnacle's commitment to excellence and holds the business to a higher auditing standard.
A catering equipment cleaning company has been fined £200,000 after a worker died through falling into a tank of hot water. The man fell through the lid of a tank of hot water heated to 76 degrees Centigrade and died a week later in hospital.
The accident happened in January 2018 when the worker was standing on the lid of a covered tank at Pan Glo (UK), in Skelmersdale, Lancashire when it gave way. He was pulled from the hot water by a colleague and taken to hospital but had sustained 37% burns from which he didn't recover.
ISSA has announced a collaboration with the National Down Syndrome Society. ISSA and NDSS will work together to foster employment opportunities within the cleaning industry for individuals with Down syndrome.
"We are pleased to work with NDSS to help create career opportunities for those with disabilities that are rewarding and impactful," says Brant Insero, ISSA senior director of education. "Creating employment opportunities will also help to mitigate labour shortages within the cleaning industry."
The Planet Mark Business Certification is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for all organisations acknowledging continuous progress, encouraging action and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.
The FM contract extension will see Mitie continue to provide a suite of services including cleaning, pest control, waste management, maintenance and engineering to 1,000 DWP sites nationwide.
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