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International News

Bureau Veritas's new guide will help manage green claims and avoid unintentional greenwashing

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In today's world, as the need for businesses to demonstrate sustainable practices - including environmental performance - continues to gather pace, so do the risks of greenwashing.

Mineral Wars: How your business can prepare to deal with the battery crisis?

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Alex Stapleton, sales director at custom battery pack and charger manufacturer, Alexander Battery Technologies, writes…

IMCD appointed as distributor for Genesis Biosciences

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US and UK-based microbial and anti-microbial product developer, Genesis Biosciences, has appointed IMCD Group, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and ingredients, as a distribution partner for sustainable microbial and biological concentrates across EMEA.

Program finalised, speakers added for ACI workshop on new test methods for cleaning product safety

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An in-depth agenda has been finalised and new speakers added to the American Cleaning Institute's upcoming workshop: ‘New Approach Methods (NAMs) for the In Vitro Assessment of Cleaning Products for Respiratory Irritation’.

Introducing MicroGuard: Microban’s antimicrobial technology for PU, EVA and PVC

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Microban International has expanded its portfolio of antimicrobial technologies with the introduction of MicroGuard, a series of antifungal additives for PVC, PU, and EVA applications including foam.

CDVI’s new accessible toilet lock system features MicroGuard anti-microbial coating

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CDVI has announced the release of the DW-TLC toilet door locking system for accessible toilets.

UMF|PerfectClean welcomes Mark Hodgson as vice president sales - healthcare markets

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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.

Sybron launches first own brand with new biotechnology cleaning range - SyBio

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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.

Relationships underpin innovation and marketing

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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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If you’ve been reading my Leaders for any length of time, you’ll be aware of my ‘leave no trace’ mantra… that we should strive to give our cleaning teams as little – if any - unexpected work to do. You’ll also be aware of my argument that we need to support this by making it easy; ensuring that there are plenty of litter and recycling bins around for example, and that our recycling centres are open every day and outside of normal working hours. Also that they are free of charge to ordinary residents - to ensure that there’s no excuse for fly-tipping or putting recyclables into the waste for landfill. 
Those thoughts came into play a couple of Fridays back when I needed to dump a double mattress that was beyond redemption. My daughter had warned that we’d never get it into the boot but following a lot of manoeuvring and some brute force my 2007 Honda Civic succumbed and off to the local tip I drove. 
Asked for ID by the gateman, I pointed to the sticker one of his colleagues had put on my windscreen the previous year. “That’s out of date” he said. I didn’t have any ID with my address so was advised to go home and get some, but with the growing queue of cars I doubted I’d make it back inside before closing time. I tried everything… my advancing age, the fact that my daughter’s growing a baby that could be harmed if she had to help me wrest the mattress from the car, that I write about cleaning and had often written about visiting the dump and how bureaucracy and red tape encourage fly tipping, (yes, a threat, but made with a smile!). He invited me to pull over so I could call my daughter and ask her to WhatsApp some ID. She answered from the shower and wasn’t best-pleased with my request. Nor was her sister, who was in a meeting. Both sent what I needed within minutes, but the signal was poor so nothing came through. It was getting nearer to closing time and I can honestly say that had I felt I’d have been able to physically remove the mattress myself I’d have done so and left it there on the forecourt, driven off and faced the consequences later. I walked back to the man on the gate to let him know of my plans, but I think he must have read my mind as he allowed me to proceed into the tip. QED. Put too many barriers up for folk who want to do the right thing, and you'll turn us into criminals.


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This Week's News

Driving Change: The Cleaning Show 2023 to stage the latest trends in sustainability, technology and sanitation practices

TCS005.jpgThe importance of cleaning and sanitation made a pivotal turn during the pandemic when the cleaning industry was suddenly thrown into the spotlight. This placed higher expectations on cleaning and hygiene operatives to provide cleaner, safer and more hygienic public spaces.

Diversey to be acquired by Solenis for $4.6 billion

* DIVERSEY-SOLENIS.jpgSolenis and Diversey Holdings have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Solenis will acquire Diversey in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.6 billion (enterprise value). Upon completion of the merger, Diversey will become a private company.

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Solenis is a leading manufacturer of speciality chemicals used in water-intensive industries, which was acquired by Platinum Equity in 2021. Diversey is a leading provider of hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions based in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Plastic-free bottles designed for commercial cleaning products

* plastic-free-bottles-Commercial.jpgBiovate Hygienics has announced the groundbreaking launch of one of the world's first plastic-free paper bottles for commercial cleaning products.

The fast-growing start-up was co-founded last year by experienced environmental entrepreneur Nick Winstone with a mission to drive sustainable change in all markets that use cleaning products.

Atlas appoints new cleaning managing director

* Atlas-cleaning-md.jpgOne of Britain's fastest growing facilities management companies, Atlas, has announced the appointment of Ed Bolton into the newly created position of cleaning managing director.

BICSc announces audit app official launch

* BICSc-AUDIT-APP.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science has announced the official launch of its pioneering audit app set which it says will revolutionise the professional cleaning sector.

The industry-leading Institute has revealed that the groundbreaking BICSc Cleaning & Hygiene Audit App is now live and available for the first time to the public, following months of development and rigorous testing, with the official unveiling of the app taking place at the Cleaning Show in London next week.

Why cleaning workers must pay attention to 'signal words' & what they mean

* Cleaning-toxic.jpegThe Bureau of Labour Statistics in the US, reports that cleaning workers face about 50,000 injuries each year, making cleaning the 16th most dangerous profession in the country.

While many of these injuries are due to repetitive or awkward movements that stress the musculoskeletal system, many of these injuries result from not using cleaning solutions properly.

Last chance for waste equipment savings as 'super tax deduction' deadline approaches

* waste-equipment-savings.jpgThe deadline for a 'super tax relief' on waste management equipment is approaching but businesses still have time to act, says Phs Wastekit, a leading supplier of balers and compactors.

The super-deduction that allows companies to claim 130% capital allowances on qualifying plant and machinery ends on 31st March 2023.

Wetrok Granuline: Climate-neutral industrial cleaning with granules

* Wetrok-Granuline.jpgIt used to be an unalterable principle that liquid cleaning agents were the way to go. However, Wetrok believes that liquid detergents can be linked to such issues as overdosage, heavy canisters and high carbon emissions during transport - and has thus come up with a new cleaning method that eliminates all of these problems: Wetrok Granuline (cleaning with granulate).

Ourfresh-e from P-Wave enhances every venue

* ourfresh-e-P-Wave.jpgFragrance and air-freshening specialist P-Wave has launched ourfresh-e, a new professional 30-day plug-in air freshener for larger spaces.

"Ourfresh-e delivers premium pleasant fragrances which enhance the ambience of any venue, helping to reassure consumers that premises are clean, fresh, hygienic and safe," says P-Wave sales and marketing manager Mark Wintle.

Prochem's TM3 - good things DO come in small packages!

* Prochem-TM3.jpgIt may be small but it's perfectly-formed: meet the Prochem 11.4in. TM3 CRB.Let's start by clearing up those initials: CRB stands for contra-rotating brushes. The twin brushes rotate in opposite directions giving a very stable and balanced cleaning system.

This latest model joins a prestigious stable of CRB units which includes the larger 17in. TM4 and the PRO 35. Looking for a more compact, lightweight alternative? The stainless steel TM3 is the solution and only weighs 12Kg!

Almost two-thirds of employers set to hire ex-offenders in 2023

* employers-set-to-hire-ex-offenders.jpgNew research reveals how recruitment challenges are encouraging employers to consider ex-offenders. The findings mark the launch of Sodexo's new campaign, 'Starting Fresh', which will encourage, and provide guidance to businesses on proactively hiring ex-offenders.

One in three (30%) UK businesses in the private sector do not currently employ any ex-offenders, despite the majority (62%) saying they are struggling to fill positions. 43% report finding it difficult to fill in excess of ten current vacancies.

A clear view: moving the window cleaning industry into the 21st century

* A-clear-view.jpgBritish people are officially too busy to clean their homes in the 21st century, with one in three households now employing a service provider to support with home maintenance needs.

And with householders increasingly having less time to prioritise window cleaning specifically, the growth of the industry has been substantial and there are now over 31,000 window cleaning businesses operating in the UK alone.

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Recent UK News

Principle appoints Tom Lloyd as its new CEO

Tom (pictured left), who will assume the role from next month, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. He joined the company in 2015 and previously held positions as operations director and deputy CEO at the London-based contract cleaning specialist. He succeeds Peter Smith (right), who is stepping back but will still be active in the business.

CHSA integrates Green Claims Code into Code of Practice

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has incorporated the Competition & Markets Authority's Green Claims Code into its Code of Practice.

The Cleaning Show launches 2023 Trends Report

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Yesterday, ‘The Cleaning Show’ revealed its 2023 Trends Report, exploring where the cleaning and hygiene industries are heading, the latest innovations and trends, as well as the challenges affecting the cleaning and facilities management industries.

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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