*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th December 2022 Issue no. 1044

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International News

Rawlins' Kaivac AutoVac Stretch empowers sustainable floor cleaning

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Rawlins' Kaivac AutoVac Stretch hard floorcare machine has earned Green Seal's Certification of Environmental Innovation. The certification has been awarded based on reduced environmental toxicity, waste minimisation, use of verified the machine met a rigorous standard for transformative product innovation.

UMF calls for nominations for 14th Annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

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Nominations are open for the 14th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, which acknowledges the environmental services (EVS) workers who play essential roles in reducing preventable healthcare associated infections.

Expert explains how evidence-based cleaning will help reduce HCAI deaths

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Interclean, which organises the highly successful cleaning exhibitions and conferences that take place in Amsterdam every two years, has interviewed Professor Didier Pittet, chairman of Clean Hospitals and director of the infection control programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals Faculty of Medicine, about the importance of healthcare cleaning.

New State minimum wage for Swedish work permit 'not thought through' claims Almega

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The decision by Riksdag, Sweden's legislature and supreme decision-making body, to vote through the previous Government's proposal on improving the standard of living for non-EU labour immigrants - including those involved in cleaning - has been dubbed by Patrick Joyce, chief economist at service companies' organisation Almega, 'a bad proposal' .

Phillips 66 Deploys Autonomous Cleaning Robots

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Phillips 66 is partnering with floor cleaning equipment and technology company ICE Cobotics to enable branded Phillips 66, Conoco, 76, and Phillips 66 Aviation locations to utilise Ice Cobotics Cobi 18 autonomous floor scrubbers.

Essity and Reckitt launch bespoke co-branded professional hygiene solutions

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Essity and Reckitt have announced the launch of a range of co-branded disinfection products for professional hygiene customers combining the power of their Tork, Dettol and Sagrotan brands across four countries in Europe.

2022 Cintas SHINE Award honours housekeepers who go above and beyond

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Cintas Corporation has announced the grand-prize winner and runners-up in the 2022 Cintas SHINE (Star Housekeepers in a New Era) Award. Christine Perkins, a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cedar City in Cedar City, Utah, won the contest's $5,000 cash grand prize.

Vectair Systems launches Vibe Pro

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, has launched the Vibe Pro aircare dispenser - its newest innovation in the aircare evolution.

ISSA and Staples form national distribution partnership program

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ISSA has formed a new distribution partner program with business equipment and stationery giant Staples. Together, ISSA and Staples will elevate the cleaning industry by hosting training and certification programs at Staples training facilities across the US.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


You’ll no doubt be familiar by now with my belief that it’s largely up to us, as members of the general public, how hard our cleaners have to work and also how much they’ll enjoy their work, depending upon how we choose to leave spaces and facilities we’ve visited, and how we interact with them when our paths cross. ‘Leave no trace’ and interact kindly, appreciatively, and with warmth, and we’ll help make their day… Leave an unwarranted mess that we could so easily sort ourselves and/or ignore their efforts - and perhaps obstruct them in their work - and we’ll bring them down. 
If you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers you may not be familiar with the phrase ‘it warmed the cockles of my heart’ but it’s something you may well have felt yourself if watching the World Cup and seeing the fans from Ghana cleaning up any mess left in the stadium after beating South Korea and perhaps even more surprisingly (because their team had just been defeated) the Japanese fans clearing up AND sorting the recycling after their team played South Korea - having already done so not only for their own group stage match against Germany, Costa Rica and Spain but also during the World Cup opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. * Japanese-footie-fan.jpg

I’m sure that after their defeat they’ll have wanted to slope off in dismay but they didn’t. All I can say is that all these considerate people are a credit to themselves, their families and their countries, and I hope that the fine example they’ve set is noted by those amongst us who feel it’s their right to leave a trail of devastation for others to clear up! Forgive me if I’ve missed any good deeds and do please let me know if I have, because people who go out of their way to clean up behind themselves so others don’t have to do so, deserve recognition for their efforts. 

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This Week's News

Cleanology appoints new COO to support growth plans

* Cleanology-COO.jpgCleanology has appointed its first ever COO, to support the company's national expansion programme. As chief operating officer, Edd Horler (pictured), will manage day-to-day operations across the UK territory, which runs from Scotland to the South Coast.

Dominic Ponniah, CEO at Cleanology, describes the move as an essential strategy to ensure that the company maintains the same high level of service as it moves into new markets. It has undergone rapid growth over the last year, expanding its customer base from three to 17 UK cities.

UK manufacture of hand sanitiser products: current arrangements for Article 95 compliance to end

* hand-sanitiser-products.jpgIn response to the pandemic, the Health & Safety Executive took steps to assist industry's efforts to increase the availability of hand sanitisers to help reduce the spread/transmission of Covid-19.

One, was adopting a pragmatic and proportionate approach to the requirement for all biocidal products supplied in the UK to contain active substances sourced from suppliers on the Article 95 list. This is now to end.

International appointment for global biosciences company

* International-appointment-biosciences.jpgGenesis Biosciences has recently made a key appointment in its Cardiff-based headquarters to support its global capabilities. Multi-lingual Katie Thomas (pictured), has been appointed as commercial & operations assistant and will aid the business in its international affairs using her ability to speak French, German and Italian.

After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2016 with a double-major in French and German and a minor in Italian, Katie moved to Italy where she taught English as a Foreign Language for three years and achieved non-native fluency before stepping into the world of business.

Ecoserv Group wins at Scale-Up Awards for industry-leading focus on sustainability

* ECOSERV-SCALE-UP-AWARDS.jpgEcoserv Group, the renowned family-owned provider of sustainable FM in the UK, has won a Scale-Up Award.

The company scooped the Sustainable Scale-up Business of the Year category in recognition of its Net Zero strategy and a commitment to minimising the eco impact of the built environment.

CHSA: 'Proud to support the cleaning industry in 2022'

* Lorcan_CHSA.jpgLorcan Mekitarian, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, updates us on the Association's achievements and events over 2022

"The cleaning industry is a huge contributor to the UK economy, and we are proud to have supported it in 2022, setting standards and advocating a Roadmap to Sustainability.

Terry Burrows proves he hasn't lost his touch!

* Terry-Burrows.jpgCongratulations to Britain's Terry 'Turbo' Burrows for once again seeing off the competition in the latest window cleaning speed and efficiency trials ' this time at Expo Houten in The Netherlands.

Power and portability take centre stage with Goodway Technologies’ ultra-compact HEPA industrial vacuum

* Goodway-Ultra-Compact-Vac.jpgThe industrial vacuum solution for when size, portability and industrial design need to check all the boxes, Goodway Technologies’ new DP-E1-H Compact HEPA unit weighs under 43 pounds, making it easier to transport throughout a facility.

Use it for dry or wet applications in industrial facilities, food and beverage plants, commercial kitchens, and much more.

Poppies celebrates a year of growth and financial success

* Poppies_Emma-Ryan.jpgPoppies, the domestic cleaning franchise and member of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, is enjoying a period of significant growth and success, with "all-time highs in enquiries" coming in since the pandemic and some branches having a waiting list.

One such franchisee to have demonstrated the proof of concept in the Poppies franchise is Emma Ryan, franchisee of Poppies Stockport. In the last 12 months alone, Emma's business has seen a staggering 64% growth across business operations. Meanwhile, in the six periods leading up to the pandemic compared to the last six periods, Poppies Stockport has increased its turnover by 63%.

Singapore launches Clean Public Toilets campaign 2022

* Singapore-NEA-Clean-Public-Toilets-2022.jpgThemed 'Public Toilets Shouldn't Be Scary', Singapore's National Environment Agency Clean Public Toilets Campaign 2022, uses humour to appeal to the public to adopt good behaviour and thus avoid the 'toilet horrors' which arise from dirty public toilets. It aims to continue urging users to adopt the behaviours of 'Flush, Clean, Bin, Dry'.

The campaign is running on free-to-air television, and out-of-home, digital and social media platforms. In-situ materials such as posters and wall stickers will be progressively installed in public toilets at hawker centres, selected coffeeshops, parks, beaches and community clubs, to remind public toilet users about good toilet behaviours.

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Recent UK News

Entry deadline extended for Metsä Tissue 2023 Sustainability Awards

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At the request of people preparing their entries and needing more time in which to do so, Metsä Tissue has extended the submission date for its upcoming Sustainability Awards to 23rd December 2022, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of entering but didn’t feel you’d be able to do yourself justice within the initial timescale, now’s your chance to shine!

These Awards are free to enter.

BCC calls for entire cleaning sector to consider paying a real Living Wage

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To mark Living Wage Week, (which is this week) the British Cleaning Council has renewed its call for cleaning & hygiene sector businesses and organisations to consider also becoming real Living Wage Employers.

Tackling a toxic timebomb

Cigarette butts account for 66% of all litter and can be found in every corner Great Britain - on our streets, in our countryside, our parks and beaches, our waterways and, finally, in the sea.

Partnership to create 10 new hard-to-recycle plastics recycling facilities across UK

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Clean Planet Energy has this week announced a new joint venture with private equity firm Crossroads Real Estate to fund Clean Planet Energy's flagship ecoPlant currently under construction in Teesside, North East England.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

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


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