* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 27th July 2023 Issue no. 1075

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International News

ISS Australia gears for growth with senior leadership changes

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ISS Facility Services Australia has announced strategic leadership changes that will bolster its growth and enhance its commitment to fostering a strong organisational culture.

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

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In 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.

CMS Berlin makes a strong comeback

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About 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.

Vispa EVO now dries forwards AND backwards

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Comac’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.

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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For many years we Brits have had a reputation for being 'precious' about our garden lawns, although over the past decade there’s been a worrying move towards replacing them with artificial lawns. I abhor these for the issues they create: they’re not helpful to nature and wildlife and as they don’t last forever, they’re an environmental nightmare in terms of adding to plastics pollution and eventually increasing landfill requirements. Plus they need cleaning. I know this has provided income for some of those working in this industry, but it’s not the point, is it? I’d hoped it was just us who were ripping up our lawns for them but I understand they’re becoming popular all over.

According to new data released today by www.MyBuilder.com though, the British fanbase is starting to decline, with 24% of people saying they’d happily see them banned, while a further 57% say they’d never install them. The platform, which links tradespeople with householders, says enquiries for artificial grass installation are down 48% year-on-year and demand in 2023 is 66% lower than in the same time period in 2021. Hurrah! Further, 33% believed measures should be put in place to limit their usage. The over 55s were even more anti, with 68% saying they wouldn’t consider installing them, while geographically there were interesting variations: The Welsh were the most against them, with 34% wanting a full ban, while in Northern Ireland, only 18% wanted a ban. I really hope the tide’s also turning against the stuff globally! 

Finally, I don’t know whether you’ve yet had the chance to read of the Robotics feature we broadcast on Tuesday? In it I said I’d learnt a great deal while putting it together but what I’d not learnt at that stage was that my daughter and her partner had bought me a small vacuum cleaning robot for my birthday. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to set it up, but thanks to working on that feature and a subsequent chat with my daughter who loves hers, I’m looking forward to giving it a go. I’ll let you know what I – and my cats – think of it! I also asked you for your verdict on my musings, compared to one produced by John Austen’s AIChatBot friend. I’ve had one response so far from Thomas Neale and if I’ve understood it correctly, I’m currently in the lead: “Robotics Profiling: Professionally Personned versus Artefarcically Imbecilligenced = anecdotally appealing versus advertorially aggrandising.” I rather like that! The feature, if you missed it, is here. Do let me know what you think!


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This Week's News

First class career progression at Jangro

* JANGRO-Tammy-graduation.jpgCongratulations to Tammy Ladner, who, thanks to support and encouragement from her employer Jangro, has just completed 4.5 years of study to earn herself a top honours degree, (and with it the Governer's prize) along with promotion to the role of operations & welfare manager at the company!

During her 21 years as a Jangro employee, Tammy has been able to continually advance her professional development. The board at Jangro - the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors - put her forward for this degree with a view to progressing her role. Last month, she graduated from University of Bolton with a First-Class honours in BSc (Hons) Business Management - and was also awarded the Governors' Prize for the Highest Final Assessment Academic Achieve

Soapbox: How inflation affects the prices of new vs. used machines - or how it doesn't

* Soapbox-inflation.jpgby Dennis Kottmann, head of marketing at Surplex

"The economic situation and production costs determine the prices for new machines. It's an ideal time to sell your no longer used equipment in times of falling inflation rates.

To understand how product prices come about and how they are likely to develop during the year, one must look at the economic situation. Europe is currently on a knife's edge. Looking at the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Eurozone countries, there was a contraction of -0.1% in the first quarter, indicating a recession - the second quarter in a row, although very mild. The 27 EU countries were able to avoid the specter of recession with GDP growth of +0.1%.

Work-related fatality figures show waste & recycling needs attention

* Work-related-fatality-figures.jpgWork-related incidents in Great Britain claimed 135 lives in the last year, according to figures published this month by the Health & Safety Executive.

BICSC Awards 2023 - finalists and celebrity host announced

* BICSc_Paul-Sinha.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science has revealed this year’s shortlisted finalists in the annual BICSc Awards, along with the name of the celebrity who’ll host the event: star of TV's The Chase, Paul Sinha, professional quizzer, comedian, doctor and broadcaster.

The Institute received a phenomenal number of entries for this year's esteemed Awards, which will take place on Thursday, 21st September 2023, at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.

Westminster Council unveils UK's largest electric waste collection fleet - powered by the waste they collect

* Westminster-waste-fleet.jpgWestminster City Council and Veolia have announced the full-scale rollout of what is believed to be the UK's largest electric refuse collection fleet.

The vehicles are the next generation in electric Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV) development and will deliver a cleaner and quieter service, powered directly by energy generated from the waste they collect. Housed in a specially designed depot, smart charging infrastructure will ensure they are always ready to go when needed.

New UVpro FMT Air and Surface Treatment boosts hygiene standards across industries

* Nuvonic-UVpro-FMT.jpgNuvonic, a global UV technology solutions provider, has launched UVpro FMT (Flange Module Tank) UVC disinfectors for the treatment of air and surfaces in storage tanks. This innovative solution ensures the cleanliness and safety of storage tank environments in various industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.

The UVpro FMT is specifically engineered to be installed in storage tanks, where its flange-mounted lamps effectively eliminate germs in the air and on inner tank walls. Using advanced UVC technology, Nuvonic's solution provides a highly efficient disinfection process, safeguarding the integrity of stored products and maintaining optimal hygiene standards.

Commercial refrigerator cleaning: tips from an expert

* Commercial-Refrigerator.jpgAccording to a March 2023 Forbes article, those that predicted the demise of restaurants during the pandemic were “myopic (short-sighted) in the extreme”. The article concludes that instead of dying, the restaurant industry – in the US, anyway, has bounced back tremendously, with many restaurants busier and doing better now than before Covid-19.

However, that does not mean everything is the same.

Spain's exports soar; imports show steady growth in Q1 2023

* Spain-exports.jpgFigures just released by ASFEL, the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, show that the sector's exports have soared over the first quarter of 2023, while imports have shown steady growth.

During the first quarter of 2023, the sector recorded an impressive €296.94 million in exports, boasting a remarkable 19.3% growth compared to the same period in 2022. "This surge highlights Spain's prowess as a competitive player in the international market," says ASFEL.

Sustainability: where does your business stand?

* Hypericum.jpgIn September Cleanzine will Feature Sustainability within our industry, and we invite you to be a part of it.

The aim of the Feature is to highlight the importance of sustainable practices and their positive impact on our environment.

By participating in this Feature, you have the chance to demonstrate your dedication to sustainability and position your company as a leader in eco-friendly solutions to an audience in excess of 100,000 industry professionals worldwide.

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Recent UK News

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

Eco-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.

Entries for UK's premier cleaning awards open next Tuesday

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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

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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

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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.

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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