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Registration is open for ISSA Pulire 2023, the international trade fair dedicated to the professional cleaning and sanitation sector, which is taking place at Fiera Milano, Italy, from 9th to 11th May.
Aimed at cleaning professionals, manufacturers, distributors, service and facilities management companies, users and end customers, the event will showcase the best in professional cleaning, disinfestation, laundry, integrated services and maintenance.
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I can’t get my head around the idea that despite 88% of us knowing that flushing wet wipes down the toilet is wrong, 22% of us confess to flushing them anyway! Is it a case of: ‘Well, just one won’t cause harm, surely?’ not realising that if everyone else thinks that way, we have a huge, collective problem? The ‘Bin the Wipe’ campaign launched this week by Water UK aims to change our behaviour. Having seen first-hand the damage careless flushing can cause, and being aware of the bathroom manufacturing industry’s drive to create water-saving products, (which means that often, less of what we're attempting to flush away, is dealt with efficiently) I hope it’s a success (you can read more about it below). This picture, courtesy of New York-based https://www.flushwash.org shows a less congealed version of the fatberg featured further down the page, but as you can imagine, both types can cause havoc whether they end up dispersing into our waterways or simply blocking up the pipework. Wet wipes are the biggest cause of pipe-blocking fatbergs, with 75% of blockages due to flushed wet wipes. Just imagine the 300,000 sewer blockages a year in the UK, which cost £100 million to clear, on a global level!
I feel that for ‘Bin the Wipe’ to have maximum impact, we also need to talk about the ‘deadly duo’ – the lethal mix of fats/oils and wet wipes, with the fats/oils melding the wipes together with other debris until what could have been a minor blockage becomes a major one. So many of us are taught to wash greasy dishes and pans with very hot, soapy water, but we’re not taught to consider how quickly the soap is rendered useless and the water becomes icy cold so everything congeals once it moves into the drains. This needs to change.
Do you think that we as an industry have a part to play in educating people about taking care when disposing of fats and oils, and should perhaps warn that even if the wet wipe box says the contents can be flushed, it should be ignored? Are our kitchen cleaning specialists educating clients on best practice and insisting that fat traps are used whenever possible? Can we do more, to get the message across, do you think?
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This Week's News
Gavin Graveson, senior executive vice president Northern Europe Zone, for resource management specialist Veolia, comments on the UK Government's granting of extra power for the Environment Agency to tackle illegal waste crime.
Healthcare and infection prevention expert Mark Hodgson has joined UMF|PerfectClean as vice president sales - healthcare markets. Mark is a chemist with a strong background in environmental microbiology and the impact of infectious pathogens on patients. Most recently, he was an area managing director at Medentech, a division of Kersia Group, a global leader in infection prevention products and solutions.
In his new role, Mark will lead UMF's growing healthcare business, which is committed to eliminating environmental surfaces as a source of preventable healthcare associated infections (pHAIs).
This is despite an overwhelming majority of the public saying they care about protecting the environment (91%), pollution of rivers and seas (91%), and protecting animals (93%)
Under the banner 'The Cleaning Sector in 2023 - Driving Change', the full line-up of this year's conference programme is now available online, highlighting the topics and speakers set to encourage learning, discussion and debate around the key topics facing a modern cleaning and hygiene sector, buoyed by greater public and political recognition earned during the Covid crisis.
Ian Corfield and Simon Stibbons, partners at specialist business advisory firm FRP, were appointed as joint administrators over the companies last week on 9th February. On appointment, they immediately secured a pre-pack sale of the companies' business and assets, as well as a sale of the shares in Ecoserv South Africa (PTY), to a vehicle owned by the former shareholders and directors, named Ecoserv FM Group.
Sybron, UK supplier of cleaning, hygiene and catering products to some of the largest names in hospitality, has launched its first own brand with SyBio, a range of biotechnology-based cleaning products. Partnering with BioVate Hygienics, Sybron has developed a range that can replace some of the harmful, non-renewable chemicals with adaptive biotechnology that cleans, disinfects and protects.
SyBio products combine probiotic, enzyme and plant-based ingredients to maximise performance with minimal environmental impact. They consist of concentrated cleaners, sanitisers and detergents delivered through wall-mounted dispensers for optimal dosage control.
When a new Norfolk hotel manager arranged for a complete refit of the restaurant he called in Gary Fleming of Clean-Thru Cleaning in Kings Lynn to deep clean the restaurant and breakfast room floor whilst the areas were empty.
NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services, handling 2.4 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace every year. Amongst other services, NATS provides air traffic navigation services to aircraft flying through UK controlled airspace and at numerous UK and international airports.
“Seeing as it was Valentine's Day this week, I wanted to explore the effect relationships have on business, as well as innovation and marketing. There's a classic quote that saying ‘hello’ doesn't have a return on investment - it's about building relationships.
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