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International News

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

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By Dyson Professional

“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

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Businesses 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.

ARCSI announces Canadian regional ambassador selections

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The 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

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Kärcher 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.

Metsä Tissue receives again the highest Platinum rating in EcoVadis evaluation

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Metsä 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.

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.

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My mind’s been boggling - mainly because the news had, until yesterday, somehow escaped me, but partly because of the issues it will likely solve. No more cut hands (and sometimes legs)! No more broken scissors, or frustration and sometimes even rage at my inability to access something I've bought, because it's been far too securely packaged. Thermoformed packs are a particular bugbear, since you can’t separate the hard plastic front from the cardboard backing & can’t break into the pack without finding and using a sharp implement. Go in too soft at the wrong angle, and this can slip off and cause injury. Go in too hard and you can damage the product. Cutting the pack is just as tough and you’re left with sharp bits that can’t be recycled. How manufacturers think they'll breed customer loyalty and win repeat business by making their products impossible to get to, is beyond me. Yet they still do it. And while I’m on the subject, why do supermarkets sell shrink-wrapped hard vegetables such as swede? Who shrink wraps them in the first place, and why?

Extended Producer Responsibility, which I’m just discovering, isn’t really about ending struggles with overly protective packaging though but about forcing people into thinking about the way they package their products and making sensible changes. I think it will help serve its stated purpose of encouraging a circular economy, since it effectively shifts the cost of recycling packaging, away from councils and onto those responsible for using it to package their products. ‘Hit them in the pocket’, if you like. I doubt that it will score the potential double whammy of reducing council tax bills too, (since it will also fully fund the recovery costs for the packaging waste collected) since the councils will find something else to spend the money on - but it's a start. That it’s creating yet more red tape for already overstretched businesses isn’t good, but I’m hoping that the benefits will come to outweigh the hassle. I expect that officials administering the scheme will struggle too, while also fighting challenges to the charges made, but, as the saying goes, that’s the price of progress.

There are different criteria for different sizes of companies and amount of packaging created and as the scheme progresses, ‘Eco Modulation’ will mean that harder-to-recycle packaging will attract higher fees. Great! And if the Government’s explanation, (at www.gov.uk/guidance/packaging-waste-prepare-for-extended-producer-responsibility) is too wordy, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has produced a handy guide, which you can access via the news further down the page.



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This Week's News

Tennant UK donates toys and crafts for childrens hospice

* Tennant-hospice.jpgTennant UK has chosen to support Derian House Children's Hospice as its 'local' charity for the company's North West based office in Bolton following a vote from all staff.

In May Tennant UK made a donation of toys and arts and craft supplies for the children being cared for.

Veolia launches nationwide vape collection scheme

* Veolia-vape.jpgGlobal resource management company Veolia has launched a national vape collection service to help provide safe disposal and recycling routes for the three million vapes currently thrown away each week.

With over 143 million vapes thrown away each year, Veolia can now facilitate the collection and transport of vapes from retailers to a recycling facility to extract the valuable materials, including lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese inside.

CHSA publishes Fact Sheet on Extended Producer Responsibility

CHSA-new-brand.jpgMembers of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association and others in the cleaning industry now have access to straightforward information on Extended Producer Responsibility, thanks to a new Fact Sheet, published by the CHSA.

EPR came into effect earlier this year. It means that producers of packaging which gets disposed of in the home setting are responsible for the cost of the recycling of the packaging once the product has been consumed.

UMF|PerfectClean announces first annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award recipient

* UMF|PerfectCLEAN-Morales-Garcia.jpgAna Ruth Morales-Garcia, custodian at Colorado College, has earned UMF|PerfectClean's first annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

MSL Solution Providers launches new SDS subscription service

* MSL-SDS.jpgTo help chemicals manufacturers and suppliers stay compliant and ease the pressures of compiling Safety Data Sheets, microbiological testing firm, MSL Solution Providers, has launched a new SDS subscription service.

Safety Data Sheets are essential for chemical products but require technical expertise and can be time-consuming to prepare. Providing information on chemical products, describing the hazards that the chemical presents, as well as giving information on handling, storage, and emergency measures in case of accident, they need reviewing regularly to ensure that they meet changing regulations.

Wolf Laundry's ops director featured in Influential Businesswoman Awards

* Wolf_Emma.jpgOperations director at Barnsley-based Wolf Laundry, Emma Toas, has received the Most Influential Commercial Laundry Businesswoman 2023 (UK) Award in Acquisition International's Influential Businesswoman Awards.

The Influential Businesswoman Awards aim to showcase the most outstanding and inspiring businesswomen from around the world and Emma's award win is a true reflection of her hard work and driven determination.

Solid start to the year for hygiene supplier Lixall

* Lixall.jpgHygiene and workwear supplier, Lixall, has reported a strong start to the year with a 30% increase on orders over quarter one in 2022.

Managing director of Lixall, Nick Atkinson puts the recent success down to the increased number of new customers gained following significant investment in its website and online purchase platform.

Delta-Q innovative mid-power charger is now in full-scale production

* Delta-Q_XV3300.jpgWith its unique 3-in-1 design, this highly efficient charging system integrates a 3.3KW battery charger, a 500W DC-DC converter to power the vehicles' auxiliary loads, and an EV charging station interface. These key features, encased in a ruggedised IP67 design, provide OEMs with an attractive package for simplifying electrification of their off-road applications.

"No other 3.3KW charger on the market also includes a DC/DC converter for auxiliary DC loads and an EVSE charging interface in such a compact size," says Mourad Chergui, senior product manager with Delta-Q. "As we start full-scale production, we can begin to fulfil the substantial demand we received since we first announced the initial development."

Ladder Association urges UK Government to clamp down on online marketplaces

* Ladder-testing.jpgUnsafe and potentially dangerous ladders continue to be sold online in the UK, according to a new safety report from the Ladder Association.

The latest report is a follow on from the telescopic ladder market surveillance report undertaken by the Ladder Association in 2022, which found that over 80% of commercially-available telescopic ladders tested, failed to meet the minimum safety requirements designed to keep users safe. Worse still, this research found over half of the failed ladders were marked and sold as 'compliant' in a deliberate attempt to mislead buyers.

Highest-ranked steak restaurant in Europe and North America, partners with ABS to deliver world-class customer experience

* Hawksmoor.jpgHawksmoor is ranked in the 'World's Best Steak Restaurants' list (number two globally and the highest- ranked restaurant in Europe and North America). Never satisfied with sitting on its laurels, it has partnered with Advanced Bacterial Sciences' (ABS) revolutionary bacterial waste management treatment, URIZAP, to improve the washroom experience.

URIZAP is a highly effective, non-hazardous, powder-based treatment suitable for flushing and waterless urinals. A single 25g scoop of this world-first product contains billions of beneficial bacteria that digest and prevent the build-up of uric acid scale, eliminating odours naturally.

Fortnum & Mason sweeps clean with Delphis Eco

* FORTNUM-Delphis.jpgSaid to be the UK's No1 eco cleaning chemical brand, Delphis Eco, has announced an exclusive, prestigious partnership with global retailer Fortnum & Mason, the home of extraordinary hampers, delicious food, and joy-giving gifts.

The partnership, which launched this month, sees Delphis Eco become an integral part of Fortnum & Mason's new purpose built Cookshop - a food and drink studio which is described as an 'experiential hub dedicated to food and drink' and which aims to showcase every corner of the culinary world, giving customers an immersive experience.

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Recent UK News

Carlisle appoints new managing director for its cleaning and facilities business

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

Federation of Window Cleaners acknowledges excellence

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Window 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

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The 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.

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.

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27-29th May 2025
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