Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th February 2023 Issue no. 1052
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Innovation driver CMS Berlin under new project management
Three arrested in suspected PPE fraud worth millions
Five ways to slow surging spread of Norovirus
Norovirus is in full swing in the US this Winter. While the number of cases hit historic lows during the pandemic, now it's behind us, experts believe 2023 may be a record year for cases. Likewise flu in the UK and other parts of the world.
ISSA Pulire presents two competitions to animate three-day show in Milan
Xenex Makes De Novo Petition to FDA re. LightStrike UV room disinfection technology
Visitor Registrations are open for ISSA Pulire 2023
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.
Strategic distribution deal takes Polygiene into booming Asian market
SUPA produces plastic-free paper bottles for laundry and washing up liquids
Goodway Technologies promotes Evan Reyes to global sanitation solution sales lead
WFBSC announces Global Executive Summit roster of speakers
Greenteck Global to increase European production as part of ongoing sustainability advances
Sustainability tops most important customer demands for cleaning businesses in 2023
ASFEL continues to build on export growth
Welcome to the Cleanzine
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
SOAPBOX: "More funding needed"
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.
UMF|PerfectClean welcomes Mark Hodgson as vice president sales - healthcare markets
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).
Public urged to bin 'harmful' wet wipes as over a fifth admit to flushing down the toilet
New research shows that 22% of people admit to flushing wet wipes down the toilet despite 88% saying they are aware they harm the environment.
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%)
Driving Change in 2023: The Cleaning Show unites industry experts to discuss latest trends
Recruitment, training and sustainability are among the notable trends set to be discussed at The Cleaning Show 2023, which returns to the ExCeL, London from 14th through 16th March 2023.
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.
Jobs secured as buyer found for commercial cleaning company
Almost 2,000 jobs have been saved following the sale, out of administration, of facilities management businesses, Ecoserv Group, Ecoserv Cleaning and Ecoserv Technical Services.
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 launches first own brand with new biotechnology cleaning range - SyBio
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.
Restaurant refit prompts filthy floor clean
“If the floor’s that dirty, what can the kitchen be like?” We have all asked that question on one or more occasion when entering a pub or a restaurant to be greeted by a filthy floor.
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.
Mitie soars to new heights with NATS contract
Mitie has secured a new five-year multimillion pound contract to deliver fully integrated facilities management services for NATS, with the option of extending for a further two years.
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.
Relationships underpin innovation and marketing
Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark, writes on a subject on many people’s minds this week
“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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