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International News

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

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A 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.

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

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Yesterday, 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.

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.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


As an industry we’re in the business of making a difference – and, as I so often tell people, saving lives - since without our involvement, everything will soon fall apart. I rarely talk about individual companies in my Leaders but I’ve just learned about a great anniversary initiative that’s really going to make a difference, launched by one of the first companies I got to know when I joined this industry, and I’d like to share it with you. 
Cleenol - the family run, independent developer and producer of cleaning & hygiene solutions, turns 75 this year. And as a company that’s always worked to give back to the community in which it operates, this year, as a celebration of this ethic, it’s launching the 12-month ‘75x75x75’ Charity fundraiser. It’s challenged itself and its customers and suppliers to raise £75,000 through participation of at least 75 people at 75 events. These can be large or small, group or personal and cover a gamut of types of activity… from the Three Peaks Challenge to a weight loss programme, to 24hr gaming endurance challenges and many more… Are you a customer or supplier? If so, why not get involved? 

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Three charities will form the core of the those set to benefit: Katharine House Hospice, , Oxfordshire MIND and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Katherine House was a natural choice, having enjoyed Cleenol’s support since its inception some 30 years ago. As well as providing cleaning supplies and charity fundraising receipts to the home throughout, Cleenol this year sponsored the development of the Hospice’s EPiC online resource to provide a broad spread of support services to people facing the challenges around end of life. The second charity focuses on one of the drivers behind the culture and management approach in Cleenol itself - the Oxfordshire ‘branch’ of Mind - dedicated to ensuring that the right support is readily available for those facing mental health challenges and that sufferers receive the respect they deserve. The third, selected by employees in an open vote, is the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, which provides life-saving support 365 days a year, to those involved in accidents and other emergencies. Operating solely on donations, in 2022 its teams attended over 3,000 incidents! Three very worthy causes then, that need as many of us as possible to ‘make a difference’.Follow the fundraising activities, get involved and add your own, and/or donate to all the events at: https://project75.mycleenol.com/


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Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

CHSA's Glossary helps buyers navigate spurious claims relating to cleaning chemicals

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All members of the CHSA adhere to the requirements of the relevant Accreditation and have signed the Association's rigorous Code of Practice. It means CHSA members:

Safe roll out of longer semi-trailers begins

* Longer-lorries.jpgLonger lorries will be introduced to Great Britain's roads from today to support the Government's priority to grow the economy, boost productivity, slash road emissions and support supply chains.

These new lorries will move the same volume of goods, but will use 8% fewer journeys than current trailers. This will generate an expected £1.4 billion in economic benefits and take one standard-size trailer off the road for every 12 trips. It is estimated that this will save 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

Wembley Stadium and Veolia celebrate green goals

* Wembley-Stadium-Veolia.jpgWembley Stadium and Veolia thanked the record-breaking fans at the Women's FA Cup Final for their help in achieving 77% recycling rates. Now, to ensure Wembley continues to score more green goals for the planet, the stadium team has worked with Veolia to introduce a fleet of new electric and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) powered vehicles to clean up the stadium post-events.

The eco-fleet, which sweeps up around the stadium after every event, will reduce emissions by up to 90% and ensure the home of football continues to be one of the greenest stadiums in the world.

Afflink announces new president

* AFFLINK-Wilson.jpgMichael Wilson is the new president and chief executive officer of Afflink, while Chip Shields (pictured below, right) has been promoted and will move into the role of chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Four terms we need to know when selecting disinfectants…

* Four-Terms-Disinfectants.jpgWrites Hannah Jonasse of ProNatural Brands, marketer of citric-acid-based cleaning solutions, sanitisers, and disinfectants…

“When selecting disinfectants, cleaning professionals must know as much as possible about the products they choose. For instance, how often do cleaning professionals inquire about the 'shelf stability' of the disinfectants they select? It's something that rarely comes up, but it can be a very important consideration when protecting human health.

EcoTech boasts new leadership team with plans to double in size

* EcoTech-4.jpgCoventry-based EcoTech (Europe), one of Europe's largest manufacturers of cleaning solutions, has completed a Share Purchase Agreement as the business ushers in a new era of innovation, driven by a new leadership team with plans to double in size. The deal sees Ashleigh Brownhill, Andy Gregory and Jason Lippitt become directors and majority shareholders in the business.

The SPA marks a positive transition for EcoTech as the business seeks to underline its commitment to ethics, sustainability and growth, while reinforcing its position as dedicated to tackling challenges such as plastic waste.

Hydro announces release of new AccuMini dispenser

* Hydro-AccuMini.jpgHydro, the chemical dispensing and dosing solutions specialist for facility cleaning, janitorial/sanitation, laundry, kitchen, animal health, vehicle wash, horticulture, laundromat and industrial markets, has launched its new AccuMini dispenser.

Available in low-flow (LF) and high-flow (HF) models, the AccuMini’s is designed to meet the needs of space-conscious facility owners and those who favour eco-friendly products.

Lixall supplies Olympic Holidays with staff uniforms

* Lixall-Olympic-Holidays.jpgHygiene and workwear supplier, Lixall, has recently agreed to supply a range of workwear for Olympic Holidays staff based in Greece.

Lancashire-based Lixall has a long history as a supplier of washroom, cleaning, floorcare, protective clothing and housekeeping products to commerce and industry. Over the past decade the firm has continued to extend its product range which now includes workwear.

Flight Club reaches new heights in partnership with Sybron

* FlightClub.jpgSocial Darts chain Flight Club and its cleaning & hygiene partner Sybron, celebrated their first year of partnership in March 2023.

As Flight Club's parent company, Red Engine, renews its contract with Sybron, significant benefits have been identified from their collaboration including 15% cost savings, zero stress and 100% confidence.

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Recent UK News

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

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A 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.

Leadership changes announced at BICSc

The 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.

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

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Three 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.

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.

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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