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International News

Afflink announces new president

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Michael 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…

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Writes Hannah Jonasse of ProNatural Brands, marketer of citric-acid-based cleaning solutions, sanitisers, and disinfectants…

Hydro announces release of new AccuMini dispenser

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Hydro, 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.

Lixall supplies Olympic Holidays with staff uniforms

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

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.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


One reason I shop as much as I can in local markets – and particularly farmers markets, is because so little of what’s on display is wrapped in plastics. OK so the soft fruit may not make it home in perfect condition in a paper bag but in my mind it’s worth it and somehow it feels healthier and tastes fresher too – similar to how it did when I was a child and plastics hadn’t entered the food chain. We’ve known for decades the damage this type of plastic wreaks on the planet along with our health throughout its lifecycle… Plastics particles are now found in the air, in drinking water and in our blood – yet instead of its use diminishing, it’s grown. Why have we allowed this to happen? Because it is of course, down to us, as consumers, don’t you think? Some of our supermarkets, for example, offer a choice, whereby we can pick up a conveniently-sized plastic bag of, say, carrots or bananas or select our own from a huge box. But why give us the option? And why, I have to ask, is the packaged option generally cheaper, which means we’re actively encouraged through convenience and our pockets to help pollute the planet while damaging our bodies? And why wrap a swede, or a dense lettuce such as Iceberg, in plastic film for goodness sake?  How can we have got to the stage where the world produces almost 400m tonnes of plastic, (with an estimated 12-14m tonnes allowed to escape into our seas) EVERY YEAR? 
Although I don’t yet have all the details, I’m delighted that real headway appears to have been made at last week’s Global Plastics Treaty meeting Paris, in thrashing out the basics of a legally binding treaty aimed at reducing the amount of plastics entering our lives and making what does, more ‘palatable’. Encouragingly, it involved country representatives from more than 150 nations, along with others boasting a real and in-depth knowledge of the issues we face in making the necessary changes and why these changes must be made. Thankfully, it wasn’t just about recycling, but focused on the whole lifecycle of plastics and our need to phase the stuff out. And while that’s happening, to regulate the hazardous chemicals currently baked into it, while carefully and thoroughly managing microplastic pollution in an attempt to reduce the damage.  
With the next round of talks scheduled to take place in Kenya later this year, the final agreement planned for late 2024 and the new treaty expected to be in force as early as 2025, things are moving surprisingly quickly. In the meantime though, we can all play our part by boycotting plastic where we can, and recycling responsibly that which we can’t avoid.


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This Week's News

Windshield washer fluid is an unexpected emission source, reports ACS

* Windshield-washer-fluid.jpgAccording to a report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, alcohol ingredients in vehicle windshield washer fluid are a surprising source of real-world volatile organic compound emissions from cars, accounting for a larger fraction of emissions than previous estimates have suggested.

It says that notably, the levels of these non-fuel-derived gases will likely remain unchanged, even as more drivers transition from gas-powered to electric vehicles.

Enhancing freshness and improving sustainability in the workplace: What happens if our recyclable products still end up in landfill?

* P-Wave-EcoPure-April2023.jpgImproving the air quality and freshness throughout all premises is essential and a pleasant fragrance can be powerfully emotive, setting the mood, and creating a memorable experience. But what is the environmental impact of the products we use?

We talked to Mark Wintle, sales & marketing manager at fragrance and air-freshening specialist P-Wave:

Evonik receives American Chemistry Council's Sustainability Leadership Award

* Evonik-American-Chemistry-Council.jpgChemicals specialist Evonik has been honoured with the American Chemistry Council's 2023 Sustainability Leadership Award in the Product Safety, Innovation & Transparency category. The award recognises ACC member companies for products, processes, or initiatives that promote the safe use of chemicals, transparency, informed sustainability decision-making, and innovation to reduce risk.

Evonik received the award for Rheance One, a special type of glycolipid biosurfactant derived from renewable raw materials. Mild to the skin, it is 100% biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and it utilises traceable supply chains.

Toilet block uses renewable energy set to help sites achieve net zero

* TOILET-BLOCK-NET-ZERO.jpgAdvanté, the UK-based manufacturer of the Oasis 'instant start' self-contained welfare units, has launched an innovative new Vision Solar toilet block, as part of its commitment to helping sites to achieve net zero.

This latest addition to the renowned Oasis range of welfare units, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is an instant start toilet block with 2 + 1 cubicles that features innovative solar hybrid technology. Vision Solar is completely self-contained and provides male and female facilities for up to 60 people on site.

Wear it like a backpack and take the clean everywhere!

* Comac_back-vac.jpgCA Back is Comac's backpack professional vacuum cleaner. Light, handy and powerful, it can clean any type of surface, even the most difficult areas. Convenience and freedom of movement are just some of the benefits provided.

The compact design and the comfortable adjustable straps make this vacuum cleaner suitable for everyone, to make it the perfect ally for everyday cleaning operations. The anatomic harness and the comfortable padded back support help to equally distribute the weight of the vacuum cleaner over the entire column, increasing comfort for the operator.

Kärcher Professional UK's new Buy Back scheme lasts until 31st July

* KarcherBuyBack.jpgThe purchase of cleaning machinery is an investment for most businesses, with a business case required to justify the outlay.

That's why Kärcher Professional UK has announced its new Buy Back initiative, whereby commercial customers can trade-in their old cleaning machines for a discount against the new equipment, saving money on the purchase and safe in the knowledge that Kärcher will responsibly recycle the outdated model. The scheme is set to run through 31st July 2023.

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Recent UK News

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

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Buyers of cleaning chemicals can navigate the spurious, misleading and unsubstantiated claims that are all too common in the cleaning industry thanks to a Glossary published by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.

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

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Longer 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.

Wembley Stadium and Veolia celebrate green goals

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Wembley 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.

EcoTech boasts new leadership team with plans to double in size

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Coventry-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.

Flight Club reaches new heights in partnership with Sybron

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

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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