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International News

Diversey to be acquired by Solenis for $4.6 billion

Solenis 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.

Plastic-free bottles designed for commercial cleaning products

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

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.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


There are two important events in London this week, of interest to those of us involved in the cleaning, hygiene and waste disposal industry. The first is The Cleaning Show at London’s ExCel - and if you haven’t yet visited, are in the vicinity & have some spare time today, we can certainly recommend you come along as there’s so much to see and today’s the last day you’ll be able to see it. 
The other is the launch of London’s first WasteShark, (just ahead of Global Recycling Day on 18th March) a short swim down the River Thames from us at Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock. Launched by Aqua Libra in partnership with the Canary Wharf Group, the aptly-named WasteShark is a marine robot designed to snap up plastic waste from our waterways and make sure that the plastic collected is recycled and reused. It can ‘swim’ up to 5Km and collect up to 500Kg of plastic waste (equivalent to 22,700 plastic bottles) a day, along with microplastics and other pollutants, while also collecting data about the quality of the water. 

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Created by RanMarine Technology, it produces no carbon, noise or light pollution and poses no threat to wildlife. What a great idea and you can see it in action at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so91LHV4jRk&t=31s

Committed to tackling plastic waste and developing technology aimed at providing healthier and more sustainable ways to buy and consume beverages, Aqua Libra launched its Flavour Tap last year. This serves still, sparkling and flavoured water, providing a sustainable option for workplaces, hospitality and retail, eliminating the need for single use plastics. Another good idea! 
I write this having just returned from Metsä Tissue's UK Sustainability Awards 2023, held on the iconic Cutty Sark tea clipper which is now moored at Greenwich. What a night it’s been! Bearing in mind that the idea of launching a Sustainability Awards program was only first mooted at the back end of May last year, I was blown away by what the team at Metsä have managed to achieve in such a short time and I’m looking forward to seeing this program grow and grow. More about the event, along with details of the winners, is below.


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This Week's News

Sustainability successes celebrated at Metsä Tissue's inaugural awards ceremony

* Cutty-Sark.jpgMore than 200 cleaning industry leaders gathered for a black-tie Awards dinner on London's iconic Cutty Sark last evening, as the winners of the Sustainability Awards were revealed. The event was the first in a new Awards programme launched by Metsä Tissue in the UK, in partnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association, which aims to promote sustainability and reward its champions.

Awards attendees enjoyed exclusive access to the Cutty Sark, which boasts three decks: the Dry Hold, 'Tween Deck' and Main Deck, before arriving in the sustainably dressed, beautiful copper-clad hull for a delicious - and again sustainably prepared meal - before moving into the ceremony.

Planet Mark teams up with Metsä awards to ensure carbon neutral status

* PlanetMark_SteveMalkin.jpgPlanet Mark, a leading sustainability certification, has ensured that Metsä Tissue's UK Sustainability Awards 2023 have been carbon neutral in accordance with internationally recognised specification for carbon neutrality published by British Standards Institution (PAS2060).

Wanted - innovative cleaning solutions: CMS Berlin presents the Purus Innovation Award

* purus_inno_award_logo.jpgWhether the topic is sustainable cleaning agents, AI-based systems that let facilities managers control robot helpers, or energy-saving floor cleaning machines - exhibitors and co-exhibitors at CMS Berlin 2023 can submit their entries for the CMS Purus Innovation Award (PIA) now.

The Innovation Award for intelligent products and solutions is presented in six categories: Large Machines, Small Machines, Equipment, Washroom Hygiene, Digital Tools and Systems and Detergents. The PIA recognises products, tools and systems products, tools and systems which feature excellent usability and an outstanding overall design.

CS Group announces new service lines and significant recruitment due to business demand

* CS-Group_Andy_Imrie.jpgAberdeen-based business support services company, CS Group, has announced significant growth plans as it introduces two new supporting service lines to the business.

The company currently comprises contract cleaning pillar, CSG Clean, and packaging and office supplies pillar, CSG Supplies (encompassing Grampian Packaging Supplies). In a move to better meet the changing needs of its customers, the company will be adding CSG Technology and CSG Wellness to support the existing pillars but also to offer stand alone, additional services.

Weltec Biopower and GTS extend service partnership for UK and Ireland

* WELTEC-Service.jpgWeltec Biopower has extended the successful cooperation with its service partner, Gordons Technical Service (GTS) from Northern Ireland, until the end of 2026. The German biogas plant manufacturer's cooperation with GTS has been in place since 2017 and applies to Weltec customers from Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Both companies have many years of experience in the region. Weltec Biopower had built one of the first biogas plants in England in 2006 and is one of the pioneers of biogas plant construction there.

ETS 'pleased to sponsor Tissue World 2023'

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Dover District Council and environmental partner Veolia achieve reduction in carbon emissions

* Dover-carbon-emissions.jpgA decrease of 7.5% in carbon emissions has been achieved in Dover as part of the new environmental services contract with Veolia.

Veolia's commitment to supporting Dover District Council to achieve its objective of Carbon Net Zero by 2030 has made a positive start.

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Recent UK News

Atlas appoints new cleaning managing director

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One 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.

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

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The 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.

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

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New 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.

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

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British 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.

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
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