*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 27th October 2022 Issue no. 1038

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International News

ACI strengthens meetings and communications teams

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The American Cleaning Institute, the trade association for the cleaning products supply chain, has announced the appointment of Catherine Anderson as meetings and convention coordinator and Natalie D'Apolito as communications and outreach coordinator.

ISSA Show North America celebrates Innovation Awards winners

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The ISSA Show North America Innovation Awards program recognises the latest advancements in the commercial, institutional and residential cleaning industry, so the winners of the 2022 Awards, announced at the Show last week, have something to celebrate.

Organisations honoured at ISSA Sustainability Recognition ceremony

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Several ISSA member organisations were awarded annual Green2Sustainable Recognition Plaques at the recent ISSA Show, having ably demonstrated their commitment to sustainability.

Cleaning software providers from Belgium and the Netherlands join forces

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Buttons For Cleaners, a market leader in software for cleaning companies in Belgium, and FacilityApps, a market leader in apps for cleaners in the Netherlands, are becoming one company. The management of Buttons For Cleaners will transfer the managerial responsibility in a gradual step-by-step approach to the management of FacilityApps.

Bradford Soap, Church & Dwight, Evonik execs to speak at 2023 ACI Convention Industry Leadership Panel

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Executives from Bradford Soap, Church & Dwight and Evonik will discuss how they are navigating through unpredictable economic swings and global unrest, which can drastically impact marketplace success, during the Industry Leadership Panel at the 2023 American Cleaning Institute Industry Convention.

Velair now boasts Planet Mark

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Velair Group is understandably proud to announce that it has achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification; an internationally recognised sustainability certification.

Michael Damiana to lead MicroCare’s global sourcing efforts

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MicroCare, which manufactures environmentally progressive chemistries and tools used in critical cleaning, has appointed Michael Damiana director of global supply chain.

Mike brings with him more than 20 years of experience in sourcing and supply chain management.

Oxonox reveals game changing performance of its lift and escalator sterilisation solutions

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UK tech firm, Oxonox, has revealed the results of its revolutionary AirLift and AirStair products.

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.

Clean Planet Energy secures supply agreement with plastics recycling giant, KW Plastics

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Clean Planet Energy's North American division has announced a long term agreement with one of the world's largest recyclers of HDPE and PP rigid plastic, KW Plastics.

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.

Nova from Kennedy Hygiene - the perfect solution for maximum hygiene

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Nova is the next generation of sanitary units from Kennedy Hygiene. Following in the footsteps of the Intima range, this is a further improved market leading unit that embodies exceptional functionality, quality, and unique service-friendly features.

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches 100% bio-based and recyclable core plug for hand towel range

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced 100% bio-based and recyclable core plugs in its Scott and Kleenex hand towel ranges across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


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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This Week's News

Commercial scrubbers and sweepers - global outlook & forecast 2022-2027

* commercial_scrubbers_and_sweepers.jpgThe 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.

Rawlins - making 'remove, improve, protect' more sustainable

* Rawlins-WdP.jpgEstablished 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.

Exemplary floor cleaning enhances health and hygiene in a veterinary environment

* Truvox-veterinary.jpgTruvox 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.

HSE's Risk-Reduction Through Design Award 2022-2023 launches

* HSE-Risk.jpgThe 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.

Pinnacle Group's commitment to quality recognised with international standard

* Pinnacle-Group-QMS-standard.jpgIn 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.

Cleaning company employee dies after falling into hot water tank

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 collaborates with National Down Syndrome Society to foster employment opportunities

* ISSA-National-Down-Syndrome-Society.jpgISSA 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."

Greyland achieves Planet Mark

* Greyland-planetMark.jpgGreyland has achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification, furthering its commitment to reducing its impact on society.

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.

Mitie lands two contract extensions with the Department for Work and Pensions

* Mitie-contract-extensions.jpgMitie has extended both its facilities management and provision of Life Systems Services contracts with the Department for Work & Pensions for one year, with the option to extend for a further year.

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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Recent UK News

Hat-trick of new recruits aim to boost Biovate Hygienics’ growth

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Pioneering Biovate Hygienics, which launched this year with a pledge to become the country's 'go to' brand for sustainable and carbon neutral cleaning products, has announced a trio of new hires to help propel it into its next stage of growth.

Sustainability, cobotics and hygiene habits: Cleaning Show London 2023 to highlight latest trends and technologies transforming the industry

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Over the past two years, the cleaning industry has been thrown into the spotlight, and has proudly and professionally taken a frontline position as it demonstrates best practice in cleaning and sanitation processes.

First Mile launches Return & Recycle service for hard-to-recycle items

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Businesses and workplaces throughout the UK can now help to power the circular economy thanks to the launch of First Mile's Return & Recycle - a low-cost recycling scheme that focuses on making it easy to return items that are traditionally tricky to recycle.

Liverpool’s new underground bin scheme ‘first of its kind in the UK’

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An innovative scheme launched in Liverpool, to retrofit waste collection in built-up urban areas, is the first of its kind in the UK. The scheme will see cavernous receptacles placed in 90 locations, set within high-density residential areas, many of which will replace some of the existing temporary communal bins.

MBE awarded to leading cleaning industry figure

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Kim Phillips, a leading figure in the cleaning & hygiene industry, has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace.

Local family business couple celebrate a combined 116 years of service

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Sussex-based cleaning, hygiene and healthcare products business Wightman & Parrish is celebrating more than 100 years of combined service for married couple, Michael and Pam Parrish.

Products still make a splash after 25 years

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Renowned cleaning products manufacturer, Bio Productions, is celebrating 25 years since its market-leading Biological Urinal Blocks first made a splash.

Time Out for Mike

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After 37 years in the cleaning industry, Mike Osiadacz, sales director for Matrix Cleaning Systems for the past 10 years, has decided to take retirement. Those who know Mike - and there will be many who do, will know that for the past 23 years he has been involved with steam cleaning equipment… Something that he has been very passionate about and evident when he is presenting and demonstrating.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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


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