*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 27th April 2023 Issue no. 1062

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International News

Paul G H Bakker, founder and chairman of WoolSafe and ITFA

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We're sad to have heard from WoolSafe's global marketing director Steve Bakker, that his father Paul, WoolSafe founder & chairman, passed away peacefully on 5th April 2023, aged 82. Well-known and liked and respected by many in our industry around the world, Paul had been active in the carpet and cleaning industries as well as with standardisation work for many years.

SOAPBOX: ‘The cost of going Green’, by Michael Richardson, CEO, The Perfect Little Company

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“There's been much written about funding for Green projects but very little on how ‘going green’ saves money. So with the aid of over 60 UK corporates, we've done a little calculation to highlight just one example, vacuuming in offices.

Candidates announced for ‘Product of the Year ISSA Pulire 2023’

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An impressive 22 products from 18 companies exhibiting at the upcoming international event ISSA Pulire 2023 (9th – 11th May, Milan), have been announced as candidates in the third edition of the ‘Product of the Year’ Awards.

Stacey Turner wins UMF|PerfectClean’s National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

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UMF|PerfectClean has announced that Stacey Turner, hygiene specialist at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana, has earned the company's 14th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award. Stacey was nominated by Riverview Hospital director of housekeeping Scott Smith for her exemplary work as team lead of the hospital's environmental services (EVS) department.

An end to 'greenwashing': marrying the power of data and passion to deliver on ESG

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Companies across all sectors talk about being 'green' and 'sustainable' but with the requirements of day-to-day operations taking priority, it can become all too easy for this to become no more than lipservice and for truly sustainable activity to be pushed to the back of the queue.

Recycle nuclear waste to fight climate crisis, urge green campaigners

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If nuclear waste were recycled and repurposed as fuel for advanced nuclear reactors it could generate up to a millennia of zero carbon electricity for Europe, says a new report released this week by the international environmental campaign group RePlanet.

Idrobase’s new Tempesta trolley helps reduce chemical use

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Idrobase Group’s new Tempesta trolley is an innovative solution in the field of pressure washing machinery, so much so that it has been nominated for the next ‘Product of the Year’ Award at the ISSA Piatti show.

Kärcher UK launches its first ever robot scrubber dryer, KIRA B 50

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Kärcher UK tells us it is excited to launch its first ever robotic cleaning machine: KIRA B 50, a fully autonomous scrubber dryer. Designed to tackle medium and large floor areas, this new compact cleaning robot is efficient, timesaving, easy-to-operate, safe, flexible and completely autonomous when required.

Albert’s autonomous robotic fleet cleans 20million sq.m in Czech Republic in less than a year

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Albert, an Ahold Delhaize local brand and one of the Czech Republic's largest retail brands, has announced in partnership with Brain Corp and Tennant, that its fleet of autonomous mobile robots deployed across its Czech Republic hypermarkets and two distribution centres have officially cleaned over 20 million square metres (215 million square feet), completing over 92,000 cleaning routes.

Kleen-Tex extends popular Iron Horse offering

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Kleen-Tex, one of the world's leading floor mat manufacturers, has bolstered its high-performance Iron Horse matting range with the launch of Iron Horse Light to provide professionals with a cost-effective yet efficient solution for commercial applications.

Green Sack range rolls out with new innovative product offering

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Berry Global is relaunching its popular Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association-accredited Green Sack range of refuse sacks, which are UK-manufactured in Heanor, Derbyshire, from recycled agricultural and post-consumer plastic waste.

The latest versions provide users in the cleaning, hospitality and facilities management sectors with a solution that is both easier to use and incorporates improved seals.

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As a journalist I often find some pretty random press releases in my inbox & while many of those that don’t pertain to the cleaning industry quickly find their way into the bin, others clearly deserve a scan through and occasionally will reveal a gem…

This week I learned that Generation Logistics is an industry-led, Government-backed initiative to increase industry awareness and find the next generation of logistics sector talent – of which there’s currently a worrying shortage, just as there is in cleaning. Working with companies and trade associations across that sector, the campaign challenges perceptions and demonstrates the breadth and diversity of the career opportunities available – hopefully addressing the ongoing skills shortages while attracting more diverse talent into roles that will be created in future; perhaps because of the advent of AI. Cleverly, it’s taking its ‘Vacancies Available. Potential Unlimited’ message direct to its target audiences, using poster sites at bus shelters, shopping centres and other high footfall areas in cities with high student populations. A QR code on every poster links to the campaign's website, where people can find information about the industry, as well as learn more about and apply for, specific jobs listed on sponsors' pages.LEADER-PIC2-27thApril2023.jpg

As the campaign’s Phil Roe speaks, you could almost replace the word ‘logistics’ with ‘cleaning’, couldn’t you?: "As an industry, logistics has long been in the background, an unseen facilitator of every facet of our daily lives. The workforce of tomorrow is within our sector's reach, but we need to challenge preconceptions about our industry and what it can offer potential employees. We need to make sure that logistics is a career choice spoken of in the same breath as law, medicine, retail and manufacturing."

The campaign’s already changed perceptions of the sector, creating more than two million engagements to date from those inspired to find out more and our industry has all the tools in place to run a similar campaign. We have the industry Lead Body, the Trade Associations, some Government support and feet on the ground. But even better, we clean the bus shelters, shopping centres and other high footfall areas in cities all over. Often, we clean the student accommodation itself - and the public toilets too. So we might not have to pay to display our posters and share our message about the great welcome, career prospects and financial reward our industry offers. I think we should take a leaf out of the logistics sector’s book and give it a try. We have very little to lose and a lot to gain by engaging with those who are, effectively, captive audiences, don’t you agree?




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This Week's News

Why air purification in the workplace is important this allergy season and how to achieve it…

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“Conversations around air pollution and the dangers and health risks attributed to it have been commonplace for several years now, with many regulations already in place to lessen its dangers. In comparison, its counterpart of indoor air quality is a largely under reported and under researched topic - until now.

Survey finds positive ROI for businesses with clean washrooms

* Survey-Washrooms_2023.jpgBusinesses that fail to keep their washrooms clean and maintained are unwittingly flushing away customers' repeat business and sales. According to the latest Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corporation, almost 60% of Americans make it a point to stop at a business and will spend more money at the establishment if they know it has clean and maintained washrooms.

In fact, those age 25-44 are even more likely to shell out more cash based on the condition of a business's washrooms.

ARCSI announces Canadian regional ambassador selections

* ARCSI-Ambassadors.jpgThe Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), a division of ISSA, has announced two Canadian regional ambassadors as part of a new outreach program, the ARCSI Regional Ambassadors. The Canadian Regional Ambassadors will represent the residential arm of ISSA in Canada.

The new ambassadors are:

* Mark Baker, Motivated House Cleaners, Paradise, Newfoundland
* James Menzies, JEM Cleaning, Mississauga, Ontario (pictured)

Kärcher and TTS agree on strategic partnership

* Kärcher-TTS.jpgKärcher and TTS Cleaning have joined forces, thereby pooling their resources and capabilities in order to offer customers around the world their broad range of products and services in a customised manner in the future.

With the TTS Equipment, Kärcher complements its portfolio of solutions for building cleaning and continues to position itself as a full-range supplier. TTS benefits from Kärcher's worldwide brand awareness and comprehensive product range and thus expands its market position.

Metsä Tissue receives again the highest Platinum rating in EcoVadis evaluation

* Metsä-EcoVadis.jpgMetsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, (including Metsä Greaseproof Papers business) has received the highest Platinum rating in EcoVadis sustainability and social responsibility evaluation. The company is among the top 1% of all the companies rated by EcoVadis. Metsä Tissue once again scored highly in each of the four themes assessed, performing best in the environment section with a score of 90/100.

Metsä Tissue has received the highest Platinum-level every year since 2020.

Carlisle appoints new managing director for its cleaning and facilities business

* Carlisle_Richard-Jenkins.jpgFacilities management support services provider, Carlisle Support Services has appointed Richard Jenkins as managing director for its cleaning and facilities business.

Having joined Carlisle Support Services at the beginning of 2022 as head of operations to lead the Cleaning & Facilities division within the UK transport sector, Richard has delivered exceptional results across numerous large contracts. Given the results and proven track record in creating exemplary environments within large organisations throughout his career, Richard was appointed continue developing Carlisle's service offering and deliver unrivalled value.

Federation of Window Cleaners acknowledges excellence

* Federation-W-C.jpgWindow Cleaning specialist and a highly regarded Birmingham business with 20-plus years in the industry, Art Cleaning Services (www.artcleaning.co.uk).

Jim Melvin installed as the WCEC Master, 2023

* Jim-Melvin_WCEC2023.jpgThe Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has welcomed Jim Melvin as its new Master following his installation ceremony on 21st April 2023 at St Olave's Church in the City of London. He succeeds Gary Fage, who has held the role since 2021.

Jim has been a WCEC member for 22 years. Among his valued contributions, is his ongoing support of the WCEC 's facilitation of the Chartered Practitioner's Register in Environmental Cleaning. The CPR confers Chartership status to anyone from the cleaning and facilities management industries who fulfils the necessary criteria, earning the corresponding post-nominals of C.Env.Cln.

Still a few tickets available for CHSA Gala Ball!

* CHSAball.jpgThere are still a few tickets available for the Cleaning & Hygiene Association's Gala Ball, taking place on Friday, 19th May at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwick. The Ball is always good fun and it provides a useful industry networking opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Recent UK News

Principle appoints specialist services director

Principle Cleaning Services has appointed Juan Camara as its specialist services director. Juan has more than 27 years' experience in performance improvement and is an expert in data centre cleaning, having spent many years in the sector.

BCC reiterates call for industry members to join lobbying campaign

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The British Cleaning Council has thanked the more than 150 industry members who have backed its lobbying campaign and called on more colleagues to lend their support.

Recycle Week video picks up Award

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Last week, the 2022 Recycle Week hero video, 'Let's Get Real', scooped a Gold Smiley award at the OCFA charity film awards, fending off tough competition from Barts, the Scout Association, Samaritans, Diabetes UK, Breast Cancer Now and The Bible Society.

The Cleaning Show 2023: a huge success with sustainability, innovation and technology at its core

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Returning to London, The Cleaning Show 2023 surpassed all expectations, with more than 6,700 visitors descending on ExCeL last month, for three days of unbeatable networking and product-sourcing opportunities.

Aberdeen City makes progress in real Living Wage campaign

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An ambitious action plan to 'Make Aberdeen a Living Wage City', launched in November 2022 by the Aberdeen Living Wage Action Group, has seen early progress in growing the number of accredited Living Wage employers in the city.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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


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