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International News

Cintas announces top three finalists in 2023 Custodian of the Year contest

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After over 200,000 votes were submitted, Cintas Corporation has announced this year's winner and two runners-up in the Custodian of the Year Contest. Winner is Richard ‘Rich’ Toomey from Kelly Mill Elementary in Cumming, Ga., while the runners-up are David ‘Mr Dave’ Jeffers from Brokaw Early Learning Center in Owego, Ill., and Rodney ‘Mr Peanuts’ Esser from Park Elementary School in Cross Plains, Wis.

Is automated cleaning really viable?

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Cleaning standards and expectations have changed since the Pandemic. We rely on cleaning operatives to keep spaces clean so that we can stay healthier. Although our standards have changed, staffing levels have not, with a severe downturn in availability since Brexit. It's an ongoing topic of conversation and one that doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon.

ARCSI rebranding as ISSA Residential to better serve members

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The Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), a Division of ISSA, has formally rebranded as ISSA Residential. This move is designed to strengthen the Association's residential cleaning members as active participants of the greater ISSA membership community, which represents the entire cleaning industry value chain.

ISSA Pulire 2023: very successful with 20,058 visitors

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The 26th edition of ISSA Pulire, held last over three days last week in Milan's Fieramilano Rho, was a marked success, with 373 exhibitors from 21 countries - 104 of them new - playing host to an impressive 20,058 visitors. This was a clear increase over the previous two editions.

Trojan to launch AES battery with up to 3x the cycle life of standard AGM at Maastricht Show

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Trojan Battery Company is launching the new Trojan AES Battery for access, material handling, rental and floorcare equipment at the APEX Show in Maastricht, the Netherlands from June 6th through 8th,
(Stand 525).

Engineers in Canada tap into good vibrations to power Internet of Things

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In a world hungry for clean energy, engineers have created a new material that converts the simple mechanical vibrations all around us into electricity to power sensors in everything from pacemakers to spacecraft.

Handwashing during 'normal times' can reduce burden of respiratory disease

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New research published in The Lancet reinforces the idea that handwashing outside of pandemic times is vital in order to reduce the burden of common colds and flu in low- and middle-income countries.
(April 28, 2023) - Analysis of studies involving 160,000 people across three continents reinforces message that handwashing is not just for pandemics.

Nanobubbles reduce surfactants by 50% at California Water Resource Recovery Facility

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by Andrew Dugan, PE, founder of WaterWrites…

A new process using injected nanobubbles has reduced surfactants by 50%, along with odour, at a California Water Resource Recovery Facility, while also reducing the need for chemicals.

Five urinal malodour issues and how to fix them

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While we do not hear about it much any longer, some facilities that have recently installed no-water urinals are encountering malodour issues. To explain what is likely happening and how to correct it, we must have a quick refresher on this topic.

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

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Ana 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

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To 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.

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

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With 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.

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You’ll be aware already of my hatred of the upcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone expansion to cover Greater London and my fears that it will hit many of those working in the cleaning sector very hard. I’d thought I couldn’t get any more cross about the unfairness and craziness of it all, but this week I learned that it’s going to hit nigh-on all Greater-Londoners  – and that includes those who own compliant cars. I’ll bet those who’ve perhaps broken the bank to upgrade their cars so they can avoid the £12.50 daily charge for driving in the ULEZ Zone (or £25 if you’re a cleaner whose shifts sometimes run overnight) will be spitting blood. 
An article in My London News this week highlighted an aspect of ULEZ expansion that hadn’t previously occurred to me… I’d always assumed that councils have fairly up-to-date vehicles and thus that ULEZ wouldn’t affect the councils themselves or the services they provide. I’d also assumed that any council vehicles that didn’t comply with the emission standards would be exempt anyway. Well, it is the council, after all!   
The article warns of council ‘price hikes’, more potholes for road users to contend with and a reduction in other services councils normally provide. It says that “all of the capital's boroughs will have to fork out thousands of pounds to pay the £12.50 daily fee for their non-compliant fleets of vehicles which would in turn, it is claimed, mean the thinning of funding elsewhere.” 
Speaking to My London News, Conservative Havering Council councillor David Taylor warned that Havering Council will be liable for around £240,000 of fines a year and that some vehicles will have to be disposed of earlier than planned. If this £240k is replicated in all London Boroughs new to ULEZ, we’re looking at something like £4m a year, raised through council taxes, which won’t be spent on the council services it’s meant for, but will be used to pay ULEZ fines instead. The publication also states that Richmond Council plans to help residents directly with ULEZ expansion by giving out £50 Oyster cards and other discounts, but that’s not going to help cleaning staff needing to travel to and from work when public transport isn’t running, or those who have to carry cleaning equipment – and again it’s money that should be spent on local services, but won’t be.


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This Week's News

New Greenpeace report calls out toxic hazards of recycled plastic as Global Plastics Treaty negotiations resume in Paris

* Greenpeace-Toxic-Recycled-Plastic.jpgA report published yesterday by Greenpeace USA provides a catalogue of peer-reviewed research and international studies concluding that recycling actually increases the toxicity of plastics.

More recognition from Government for cleaning staff 'could save lives' - new industry report

* BCC-call-for-letterwriting.jpgA new report released this week calls for better acknowledgement and support for cleaning & hygiene sector workers from the Government. The report, backed by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the British Cleaning Council and 22 organisations from across the industry, identifies two priority recommendations to ensure that lessons are learnt from the pandemic, and measures are quickly put in place to effectively fight communicable infections in future.

It reflects the opinions of an industry roundtable meeting which included a wide range of representatives from the £59bn cleaning, hygiene & waste sector - including trade associations and businesses - along with public health and behavioural insight experts.

Leadership changes announced at BICSc

* LEADERSHIP-BICSc.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science has announced that the organisation's Group CEO, Stan Atkins, will be stepping back from the Institute at the end of June 2023.

Current chief operating officer, Neil Spencer-Cook, who has worked at the Institute for several years, has been appointed to the position of group managing director and will take up the role of leading BICSc from 3rd July 2023.

Companies to work together on next-generation automation and cleaning solutions

* Ecolab-Miso.jpgYesterday, Miso Robotics - the company transforming the restaurant industry with robotics and intelligent automation - announced a new partnership and multi-million dollar investment from the world's water, hygiene and infection prevention company, Ecolab.

Miso Robotics is the creator of Flippy, the world's first autonomous robotic kitchen assistant that automates the fry station for fast-food restaurants. Flippy can perform all the food preparation tasks at the fry station with speed and precision, while also promoting food safety and quality standards. Miso's products use advanced computer vision technology, all developed to power back-of-house solutions for the restaurant industry.

Kimberly-Clark powers closer towards 100% green energy target thanks to Government hydrogen boost

* hydrogen-boost-Kimberly.jpgThree green hydrogen projects that Kimberly-Clark is developing with energy industry partners have won places on the UK Government's Hydrogen Business Model Strategy (HBMS) shortlist.

The scheme will kickstart the UK's low carbon hydrogen economy by funding a first-round allocation of 250MW of electrolytic hydrogen projects across England, Scotland and Wales.

Greenteck Global's sustainable solution receives Woolsafe and Cleanseal accreditation

* GREENTECK-GLOBAL-WOOLSAFE-CLEANSEAL.jpgGreenTeck Global has secured an agreement to use the internationally-recognised WoolSafe and CleanSeal marks on its 100% natural Pure Genius disinfectant following rigorous independent testing.

The accreditation means GreenTeck Global's eco-friendly multipurpose sanitising solution is certified in line with The WoolSafe Organisation's stringent standards, and safe to use on all fibres, including wool, synthetic fibre carpets and rugs, plus furnishing fabrics. In particular, it means the solution is considered a WoolSafe, Green WoolSafe, CleanSeal and CleanSeal Environmental Approved Product worldwide.

A loo can be luxurious too - how scent offers a sense of opulence

* Matt-Wonnacot-luxurious-loos.jpgWrites Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark - a new agency created to help brands and businesses develop effective innovations and marketing strategies.

"We recently read an article about how society is now living in the 'lifestyle era'. Customers are apparently prioritising experience and place greater value on the spaces where they live, work and socialise. They want a sense of luxury and chase the feeling of a luxurious lobby in the comforts of their lounge.

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Recent UK News

UVW cleaners vote to strike

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Trade union United Voices of the World's biggest industrial action to date will be happening in June as cleaners, carers and concierge members will strike together to demand better pay and conditions across nine different workplaces in and around London.

NHS SBS launches £1.7bn decontamination procurement framework with end-to-end management offer

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Finance & accounting, procurement and workforce services provider, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has unveiled a new £1.7bn framework agreement designed to support NHS hospitals and theatres manage sterilisation, decontamination and repair of surgical equipment efficiently, and meet clinical demand.

Veolia delivers a Royal Clean Up!

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As London once again hosted the party of the year, Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, worked tirelessly over the coronation weekend to ensure that the city was clean and the streets were ready for the first coronation in 70 years.

Principle announces move to employee ownership

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Principle Cleaning Services has announced that it is transferring the majority of its shares to its 2,300 employees through the creation of an Employee Ownership Trust.

Veolia launches nationwide vape collection scheme

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Global 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.

CHSA publishes Fact Sheet on Extended Producer Responsibility

Members 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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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