* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 20th July 2023 Issue no. 1074

Your industry news - first

The original and best - for over 20 years!

We strongly recommend viewing Cleanzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.

English French Spanish Italian German Dutch Russian Mandarin

Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The Cleanzine.

International News

ACI recognised with 2023 Clarion Award for 'Class of Clean'

* ACI-2023-Clarion-Award.jpg
The American Cleaning Institute has been honoured as a 2023 Clarion Award winner, presented by the Association for Women in Communications. ACI's ‘From the Classroom to a Clean Room’ - Class of Clean’ was recognised as Best Public Relations One-Time Campaign - Annual Budget of $10,000 or more.

GumBusters' achievements reach lofty heights!

* Gumbusters-top-1.jpg
While visitors to the Observatories on the 86th floor of Empire State Building in New York City are unlikely to be looking down at their feet, (unless perhaps they're suffering from vertigo?), it is still crucial that everything is kept clean and hygienic for the 20,000 daily visitors to this iconic viewing platform.

Cintas opens voting in 2023 America's Best Restroom contest

* Cintas-Voting-2023.jpg
Get ready to be wowed! Cintas Corporation has revealed the top 10 finalists in the 2023 America's Best Restroom contest. The 22nd annual contest celebrates businesses that develop and maintain innovative restroom facilities. Now through August 11, the public is invited to vote for their favourite finalist at www.bestrestroom.com

ISS’s international 'Belonging in the Workplace' survey reveals worrying trend

* ISS-global-survey.jpeg
While 69% of workers feel a sense of belonging at work, half report feeling unable to share opinions freely and to feeling that they are treated unfairly at the workplace, according to just-released research conducted on behalf of workplace experience and facilities management company ISS A/S.

Soapbox: The afterlife of plastic bottles

* Soapbox.jpeg
By Steve Ashkin, founder of The Ashkin Group

'Most plastic bottles today are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. Estimates are that about 500 billion PET plastic bottles, most made to contain beverages, are manufactured annually.

Indoor pollution: raising concerns

* Indoor-pollution.jpg
Experts taking part in an event hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association, to coincide with last week's national Clean Air Day 2023, called for the UK Government to be more ambitious with policy decisions and set tougher targets for minimising indoor particulate pollution.

ETS announces new appointments and governance model

* ETS-appointments.jpg
The European Tissue Symposium has announced a number of new management appointments effective as of 1st July 2023.

Changes to the organisation's governance model see the introduction of a non-executive rotating presidency elected among the members of the board, together with an executive director general.

Goodway innovative solutions for production facilities

* GTC_CZ_Header_800x800.jpeg
Goodway provides innovative solutions for production facilities in industries like food and beverage, offering advanced technologies that surpass traditional cleaning methods.

Don't be complacent about hygiene in the post-Covid era: The benefits of full facility disinfection across air, water, and surfaces

* Nuvonic-UV.jpg
By Ken Kershner, global commercial director, Nuvonic

"The world would like to forget Covid and return to normal like a pandemic never happened. And that's understandable. But we should not overcompensate and forget that bacteria, fungi, and viruses of myriad types are still with us and will continue to cause harm locally and occasionally globally.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


As you’re probably aware I’m not a fan of London’s upcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone expansion which will see anyone driving a non-compliant vehicle into Greater London (think anywhere inside the M25 and you won’t be too far off!) fined £12.50 every time they enter the zone. Actually, ‘not a fan’ doesn’t begin to describe my feelings if I’m honest and I’ve become pretty vocal about it on social media and in local protest groups. One argument that tends to get ULEZ supporters thinking twice is that those who need to carry the tools of their trade – such as window cleaners, carpet cleaners, delivery drivers and the like, cannot do so on public transport or on a pushbike and that if they’re driving a non-compliant vehicle, it’s likely that they can’t afford a newer one. 

* Jorvik-Tricycles-Enveco-beach.jpg

I won’t say that seeing the pictures this morning of some of Blackpool Council’s waste and environmental services team, (Enveco NW Environmental Services) posing proudly on their tricycles changed my mind, but it did teach me that there are sometimes exceptions to the rule. The tricycles (www.jorviktricycles.com) enable the team to easily navigate the coastline, shopping centre and high footfall areas more quickly and thus currently improve productivity in general street cleaning, litter picking, street sweeping and litter bin washing. 
“For staff who don’t have a driver's license or where activities would have required a small van to carry out ordinary daily tasks, these tricycles provide a more flexible and versatile option than the traditional operative and barrow,” says Enveco’s operations director Jez Evans, who’s so impressed that he’s looking to expand the scheme across other grounds maintenance operations. “We’ve seen a boost in employee morale, particularly the manual sweeper operatives who now feel empowered to maintain their patch more efficiently without the restriction of how far they can walk in a shift. Using their own knowledge and experience will allow them to travel to litter hotspots more frequently throughout the working day.” 

* Jorvik-Tricycles-Enveco-Tower.jpg

I’m wondering whether Blackpool, currently famed for its decorative ‘Blackpool Lights’ and the Tower Ballroom with its sea view and which features on Strictly Come Dancing, will one day be famed for its high-vis jacket-wearing street cleaning teams! I’m also keen to learn whether this increased productivity is constant throughout the day or whether it declines due to cycling fatigue...




Twitter-t.jpg You can also follow us on Twitter @cleanzine









Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

ISS Australia gears for growth with senior leadership changes

* ISS-Oz-Gears-for-Growth.jpgISS Facility Services Australia has announced strategic leadership changes that will bolster its growth and enhance its commitment to fostering a strong organisational culture.

Elizabeth Turner, COO at ISS New Zealand, has returned to Australia to take up the position of director, people & culture for the Pacific region. In her previous role, Elizabeth played a pivotal role in driving organic growth and delivering exceptional results for the New Zealand business. Her expertise in commercial and operations excellence, combined with her dedication to empowering employees, makes her an ideal fit for the people & culture leadership position.

Addressing gaps in the cleaning industry by creating an environment of care

* Addressing-gaps-care.jpgIn almost every country around the world, mental wellbeing is considered to be the second-biggest casualty of the pandemic behind the economy. As such, it has never been more important for cleaning brands to champion their cleaners' mental health - not only to contribute their overall success and longevity, but to instil a culture of care and protection in the industry.

Here, Chris Wootton, managing director of domestic cleaning company, Poppies, which is represented on the British Cleaning Council through its membership of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, discusses why such services should prioritise addressing issues surrounding mental health and employee wellbeing in pursuit of improving the industry for jobseekers today.

CMS Berlin makes a strong comeback

* CMS-Berlin.jpgAbout to take place for the 11th time (from 19th to 22nd September) after a four-year break, CMS 2023, the Berlin-held trade fair for the cleaning & hygiene sector, is as strong as ever, with bookings back to pre-Covid levels.

"We are very satisfied with the current booking levels and have already reached 80% of the record volume achieved in 2019,” notes Ruth Senitz, director of CMS Berlin. “That is remarkable, as it is the first in-person CMS since the pandemic.

Pura NappiCycle gives more than 31,000 used nappies a second life

* PURA_NAPPICYCLE_VAN.jpgEco-friendly baby brand, Pura, has released the results of the first phase of its groundbreaking nappy recycling trial - in partnership with NappiCycle - revealing that 6.3 tonnes of waste was saved from landfill - the equivalent of 31,500 used nappies.

Thought to be first of its kind in England, the Pura NappiCycle trial, supported in an awareness driv by ASDA, launched in July 2022, and saw nappies and other absorbent hygiene product waste collected in Bristol then taken to South Wales for processing. This waste avoided landfill and incineration and was instead turned into useful materials such as engineered fibre for road surfaces, notice boards, panelling, insulation under laminate flooring.

Vispa EVO now dries forwards AND backwards

* COMAC-Vispa-EVO.jpgComac’s Vispa EVO floor scrubber, known for its agility and power, now has a new function that makes cleaning even easier and more practical… it has a new squeegee that is designed to dry backwards.

Vispa EVO’s newly designed parabolic squeegee continuously follows the direction of the machine, but what makes this this one so special is its ability to dry backwards.

Five questions women ask most often about urinals - and the men who use them

* FIVE-QUESTIONS.jpg"Believe it or not, when female customers come to us inquiring about waterless urinals, they often ask us, shall we say, intimate questions about urinals," says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co., marketer of waterless urinals.

"This has become so common we have a name for these women: 'the ladies with the inquiring minds.' And after 32 years in the urinal business, we've heard about every question imaginable."

Closing the loop with Jangro Circular

* JANGRO-CIRCULAR.jpgJangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has forged an exciting new environmental collaboration with cleaning product manufacturer, SYR. This partnership will strengthen Jangro's Circular programme and help its customers go the extra mile for sustainability.

Jangro Circular is a new programme designed to reduce waste by keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible. As a manufacturer of plastic products, SYR also strives for a circular economy. Together, this collaboration enables customers to make more sustainable decisions when it comes to products that have come to the end of their lives.

Veolia introduces its first electric 360 telehandler in the UK

* Veolia-electric-telehandler.jpgGlobal resource management company, Veolia, has introduced its first electric 360 telehandler in the UK.

Installed at the company's flagship Integrated Waste Management Facility in London’s Southwark, the telehandler will be used to load the incoming recyclable waste into the bag splitters of the Material Recovery Facility, which separates the different recyclable materials so they can be sent for reprocessing into new products.

Green Facilities Management: a case study

* Truvox-Multiwash-PRO.jpgEstablished in 2010, Green Facilities Management is an eco-friendly commercial cleaning company providing reliable and innovative cleaning services to a range of businesses such as offices and co-working spaces; retailers and restaurants; schools and education hubs, and museums and leisure centres.

Mitie’s FM contract extended with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

* Mitie-Lancaster-House.jpgMitie has secured a two-year contract extension to provide total facilities management (TFM) services for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) sites in London and Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes. The contract extension is for two years and will start on 1st December 2023.

The Cleanzine Archive Search

We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The Cleanzine. If you would like to run a search of the The Cleanzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.

Search The Cleanzine:

How to contact us at The Cleanzine:

The Cleanzine is broadcast every Thursday. You may receive it FREE each week by clicking the link above.
To prevent this newsletter from getting swept up by overzealous email filters, we suggest that you add [email protected] to your address book.

Hospital Hygiene

Hospial Corridor

Our weekly updated Hospital Hygiene features current developments and product solutions cleaning and hygiene industry manufacturers are coming up with. Read More.

Recent UK News

Entries for UK's premier cleaning awards open next Tuesday

* Golden-Service-Awards-launch.jpg
Considered to be the pinnacle awards for the UK cleaning industry, the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards - next taking place on 23rd May 2024 at the London Hilton, Park Lane, are open for entries from 18th July.

BCC elects new chair and deputy chair

* David-Delia-JIm.jpg
The British Cleaning Council, which is the voice of the UK's cleaning, hygiene & waste sector, officially elected a new chair and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting. Delia Cannings, who has served as deputy chair of the BCC for the past two years, has taken over the chair from Jim Melvin, while David Garcia takes over the deputy chair role.

BCC hopes Apprenticeship Standard will be approved later this year

* BCC_Jim-Melvin.jpg
The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE) is considering final proposals for an Apprenticeship-Levy funded Apprenticeship Standard for the cleaning & hygiene sector, with the expectation that it could be approved later this year, reports the British Cleaning Council.

Phs Wastekit appoints new sales director

* PHS_Teresa-Gizzi.jpg
Baler and compactor specialist Phs Wastekit has appointed Teresa Gizzi as its new sales director as the company continues to expand nationwide. Teresa made the transition from the Phs Group's hygiene division where she spent three years as regional sales manager.

Prochem wins Award at Woolsafe 2023

* Prochem-Woolsafe-2023.jpg
The national organisation tasked with certifying products for carpet and rug care has presented Prochem with a special award at its 2023 Conference.

The cleaning solutions specialist was awarded a plaque for 'Most Consistent Supporter 'of the WoolSafe Organisation over its past conferences.

ISS awarded landmark seven-year contract with Defra

* ISS-Defra.jpg
ISS has been awarded a seven-year contract, beginning February 2024 and valued at around £60m per annum, to provide integrated facilities services to the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Lewis & Graves secures position as a supplier on the CPC Framework

* Lewis-and-Graves.jpg
Lewis & Graves Partnership, part of the Atlas Group, has secured a position as a supplier on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium framework for building cleaning services. The team was delighted to rank first on this nationwide framework, which has an estimated overall spend of £250 million.

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

© The Cleanzine 2023.
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Hall of Fame | Cookies | Sitemap