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Vectair Systems honoured as International Green World Ambassador

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Vectair Systems was honoured as International Green World Ambassador at a special presentation ceremony recently at the Houses of Parliament, London.
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Cleaning up the detergents industry by sustainable development

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The premier Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit was hosted in Paris recently and the consensus was that the cleaning products industry needs to take greater steps to address its environmental and health impacts...
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ISSA/Interclean calls for entries for the Amsterdam Innovation Awards

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The Amsterdam Innovation Awards are now open for entries. All exhibitors are invited to enter their most innovative designs to be judged by an independent, international jury.
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EcoWaste 2016 opens its doors in just over a month

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EcoWaste 2016 will take place in Abu Dhabi from 18th to 21st January 2016, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
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TVH becomes official distributor of Lonking lift truck parts

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As of now, TVH is an official distributor of Lonking lift truck parts for the EMEA region. Lonking relies on TVH for a fast and efficient delivery of its parts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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Reliable cleanliness in the National-Garden-Show (BUGA) City of Havelberg

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When the old road sweeper owned by Havelberg's municipal depot broke down right at the beginning of the BUGA 2015, a German National Garden Show hosted - for the first time simultaneously - by five different cities and communities from two neighbouring federal states, rapid help was called for.
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Technology will become biggest challenge for facilities managers

A recent webinar, jointly hosted by FM software provider Service Works Group and the Facilities Show and featuring a panel of leading lights from the facilities management profession, opened with the results of an online registration poll which revealed that technology will be the biggest challenge faced by those in the profession in the future.
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CIRI's Spring 2016 Science & Research Symposium: second call for papers

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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International has made a second call for papers for the conference it is organising with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification and the Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. The deadline for submission is 15th December 2015.
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Hydrophobic coatings market and surfaces forecast to 2023 examined in new research report

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Low-performance, semi-commoditised hydrophobic materials have been used on building surfaces for years. However, the most innovative self-cleaning building products - windows, tiles and wall panels - have tended to use hydrophilic technology.
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Recycling & Recovery International Trade Fair to analyse circular economy from all perspectives

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According to estimates from the European Commission, if all of the applicable legislation concerning waste management were to be implemented, more than 400,000 jobs would be created in the European Union, of which 52,000 would be in Spain.
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Workers at 15 US airports join pre-Thanksgiving Day nationwide fast for $15 and union rights

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According to a University of California-Berkeley Labour Centre report detailing the stunning rise of poverty jobs at US airports, 37% of cleaning and baggage workers live in or near the poverty level.
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European tissue industry launches multilingual hand-hygiene hub

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The European Tissue Symposium has launched a new website, which offers a one-stop-shop for information and sound science. It will prove invaluable for anyone looking for details on the most hygienic way to dry hands following a visit to the washroom.
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'Down Under' discovers advantages of waste-to-energy

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The ground has been broken for one of Australia's most innovative biogas projects. In the next 14 months, German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower and its project partner Aquatec Maxcon will establish a biogas plant in a Melbourne suburb.
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This will be our last issue of Cleanzine prior to our Christmas break as we're about to enter our season of excess...

Sorry if I sound jaded but I know I'm not the only one to be frustrated at how early what is supposed to be the season of goodwill is foisted upon us, with some stores playing Christmas music from late October and the shelves stocked with festive goodies and advertising geared towards making us spend more than we can afford on things our loved ones don't need and probably won't appreciate!

Facebook is adorned with images of Christmas trees almost hidden by far too many presents for the recipients to get the most out of, posted in some cases by families that I know ought to be spending the money elsewhere (or working fewer hours so they can at least see their children grow up). The excess is becoming frightening and I'm glad I'm no longer involved, since for at least 20 years now our family has been exchanging token presents and home-made gifts in an attempt to get back to the real spirit of Christmas. Our bank accounts - and stress levels - are far better for it.

With so many UK families now having to use food banks and ever greater numbers of homeless people crammed into hostels and bed & breakfast accommodation - and of course the millions of homeless and displaced people worldwide, the idea of over indulgence at Christmas now feels obscene.

As you may well imagine, I was delighted to learn that teams from Julius Rutherfoord will be providing free cleaning and other services to the 'Crisis at Christmas' centres around the country. These centres will be helping some 4,000 people - sadly just a small percentage of Britain's homeless - have a better Christmas than they might otherwise have done and I congratulate those involved for remembering the true spirit of Christmas.

Our next issue will be broadcast on 7th January. If you have news you'd like to share with the rest of Cleanzine's readers, please do send it in - when it comes to press releases I'm happy to be indulged! And whether you're taking a break too over the next couple of weeks or are continuing to work, I hope you can stay safe, be happy and share peace and goodwill with those around you.

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This Week's News

Vectair Systems campaigns for hygiene bins in mens toilets

* Jenny-Eclair.jpgVectair Systems is taking the lead in encouraging establishments to provide hygiene waste bins in men's toilets, by spreading the word about the issues associated with urinary incontinence.

The company is taking inspiration from a recent initiative in Germany, led by the Federal Association of Prostate Self-Help (BPS) in association with the German Hotel & Restaurant Association (Dehoga). According to a study, more than five million men in Germany (12% of the male population) suffer from urinary incontinence, especially after prostate surgery. However, less than two million of those dealing with the condition seek medical treatment.
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Small UK biosciences company competes on world stage

* Genesis_Caunt_Saunders.jpgA UK-based biosciences company has been recognised as one of Europe's leading and most innovative microbial product developers, after emerging victorious at a number of prestigious awards.

Genesis Biosciences, based in Cardiff, has had a string of triumphs this year after successfully launching its new Evogen microbial product range, Evogen Professional, and winning two important awards for its innovation and scientific breakthroughs.
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Fatberg, dead ahead!

* fatbergs-from-vid.jpgMario Kelly, VP of the Waste Water Innovation Platform of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe, writes...

"Forget alligators - fatbergs are the modern day menace in our sewer systems - but unlike the infamous reptiles, they are no urban myth. Earlier this year a 10 tonne mass of fat and wet wipes had to be extracted from a 1940s sewer pipe that had collapsed under its weight in Chelsea, London. These masses of grease and fat are causing local authorities a massive headache.
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Facilities Show unveils exciting plans for 2016

* FM-hero_image.jpgLast week over 50 leading companies working within the facilities management industry participated in a planning day for the 2016 edition of the Facilities Show.

In 2015 the Facilities Show celebrated a hugely successful event that saw a 14% increase in numbers, resulting in more than 11,000 visitors through the doors.
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New ANSI/IICRC guides published for mould remediation professionals

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New specification for intelligent clothing is published

Intelligent-clothing.jpgBSI, the business standards company, has published PAS 10412, Intelligent clothing - LED active high visibility clothing - Specification, sponsored by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute.

When workers operate in areas where there is little or no light, they must be visible to each other and their environment. In the absence of light, high visibility clothing may not be seen, or available light may not be sufficient to reflect or charge the luminescent parts of the clothing.
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Cleaning industry needs to rise to occasion before National Living Wage is introduced

The boss of a leading recruitment agency for the food and drink/hospitality/cleaning industry has warned the sector that it needs to prepare for the impact of the new, compulsory National Living Wage.

Derek Ferrol, from Glasgow-based EasyRecruitUK, issued the note of caution just five months ahead of the NLW's introduction in April 2016. It will be paid to workers aged 25 and above and will initially be set at £7.20 an hour but is expected to exceed £9 an hour by 2020. It is expected to boost the wages of six million people but The Office for Budget Responsibility has predicted that 60,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of the changes.
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Study reveals remarkable hospital-wide reduction in c.diff hospital acquired infections

* HAI-reduction.jpgIn a study on the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCH) significantly reduced HAIs using an innovative UV-C room and surface disinfection service from Clean Sweep Group (CSGI).

The study, published in the December 2015 issue of the American Journal of Infection Prevention, showed CSGI's contracted service reduced the facility-wide HAI incidence rate by over 34%, including a 46% reduction in the rate hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile.
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Incinerator firm wins Liverpool export award

* LCC-30.jpgA Southport incinerator firm has received a business award for its success in export and growth. Inciner8 fought off strong competition to win a Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce award in recognition of its international expansion and work tackling Ebola in Africa.

Over the last year Inciner8 has been working with the United Nations to provide safe medical-grade incineration facilities to prevent the spread of the contagious and deadly Ebola virus, which can be passed on even once a victim has died.
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Eurofins expands into hygiene testing in hospitals with acquisition of Biotech-Germande

* Biotech-Germande-SAS.jpgEurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), global specialist in the bioanalytical testing of food, pharmaceuticals and the environment, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Biotech-Germande SAS, one of the leading players in the environmental clinical testing and hospital hygiene market, as well as in medical device evaluation in France.

Located in Marseille, BG employs 40 staff and has established a strong reputation over the last 15 years in the testing of water, air, surfaces and endoscopes in hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as evaluation of medical devices for manufacturers.
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Bunzl closes 2015 with three further acquisitions

Bunzl is closing 2015 with three further acquisitions - this time in Chile, Spain and France; taking the number of businesses the distribution and outsourcing business has acquired this year to 21. Bunzl tells us it has a total committed acquisition spend of £320 million this year - a record level of spend for Bunzl in any one year.

The company's strong cash flow and balance sheet and the continuing promising pipeline of further acquisition opportunities should enable the Group to consolidate further, the markets in which it competes and continue to increase shareholder value.
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Rising star is not just for Christmas

* Jose-with-Gary-Fage.jpgThere's been no resting on his laurels for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Rising Star award winner, Jose Damian, who works at soft support services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK.
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Julius Rutherfoord lends a helping hand to homeless at Christmas

London specialist in quality cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord, is supporting the charity Crisis at Christmas by providing free cleaning for several of its London centres helping the homeless over Christmas.

Voluntary support is also being provided for Crisis at Christmas by Julius Rutherfoord's recycling partner, First Mile. The London commercial recycling firm is providing free collections of recycling and waste from London shelters.
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Seven things to do with your old mop and bucket

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Recent UK News

Operation Magnify focuses on stamping out on illegal working in cleaning industry

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A meeting took place last week between leaders of the cleaning industry and Immigration officials, as part of Operation Magnify, the Home Office's latest campaign in the fight to stamp out illegal working.

Operation Magnify is targeting the construction and care home sectors as well as cleaning contractors, as these are thought to be some of the most likely industries that illegal workers are to be found - along with the restaurant sector.
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Cleaning company is the overall 'Tork Loo of the Year Awards' winner

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'We Clean', a Birmingham-based cleaning company, was delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Tork Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event last Friday.

This is the first time in the Awards' 28-years-history that a cleaning company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of the company being awarded Platinum Awards for every one of its entries.
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Offering more than just a pint... pub wins award for best accessible loos in the country

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JD Wetherspoon's showcase Velvet Coaster on Blackpool seafront opened this year as the country's biggest public house. It was also the first in the country to include a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet, for people who need the help of a carer.
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Lancashire faces cuts in refuse collections and street cleaning

Refuse collections and street cleaning are amongst the services set to suffer as Lancashire County Council tries to reduce its spend by £4.7m.

Deputy leader Cllr Tony Greaves, who oversees the council's finances, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The government is again slashing our grants and councils like ours in the north of England, are among the worst hit. We're looking at different ways to cut our spending and raise our income, but we're now very close to being forced to stop doing some quite important things."
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Soapbox: flawed vacuum cleaner testing should be re-examined

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Justin Binks, managing director, Sebo UK, writes...

EU labelling requirements for vacuum cleaners have already been much debated - but, in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, it is worth nothing that vacuum cleaner manufacturers self-test and self-validate so it is all too easy for results to be fudged and skewed to present products in an advantageous light.

Added to this, the tests themselves are unrepresentative of real world cleaning scenarios so magnify the confusion in the market place. Quite simply, the whole process is somewhat unbelievable and pointless.
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British Toilet Association launches UK Toilet Map

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The British Toilet Association has launched an interactive toilet map; a state-of-the-art app that can be used on mobile phones, tablets and PCs.

The map displays the exact location of over 780 toilets across the UK and then expand the information to show opening and closing times, as well as vital information on the overall provision within each toilet for their specialised needs.
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Hako sweepers arrive in Staffordshire towns

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Two historic Staffordshire towns are set to benefit from the latest street-cleaning technology with the arrival of a new fleet of Hako sweepers...

East Staffordshire Borough Council has taken delivery of four Citymaster 1600 machines from Gullivers Truck Hire that will help keep the area's streets, car parks and pedestrian areas looking spick and span.
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Council to cut 45 street cleaning and open spaces maintenance jobs in bid to save £1.395m

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Scotland's Dundee Council, has announced that it is to cut 45 jobs in its street cleaning and open spaces maintenance operation in a bid to save £1.395 million of the £28m it has to shave from its budget over the next two years.
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Elsewhere in Scotland...

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Caretakers at Glasgow's primary schools are threatening to stop cleaning up spillages and picking up litter unless they are paid up to £1,000 extra every year. The workers, employed by Cordia - Scotland's biggest provider of facilities management services in local government - are also demanding back payments of the annual sum, which could cost the organisation more than £2million.
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Eastbourne cleaners shine at Business Awards

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An East Sussex cleaning company has been recognised for its high quality customer service in this year's Eastbourne Business Awards. The Local Cleaners TLC, which was established in the town three years ago, scooped 'Highly Commended' in the Quality Customer Service category.
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New waterless urinals can save washrooms 87,000 litres of water per unit a year

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Armitage Shanks has launched a new range of energy- and cost-efficient waterless urinals, which are easy to install and maintain.
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See the dramatic effects fragrance has on the way we feel

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If you have ever denied the importance of a washroom smelling clean as well as looking clean, or the impact a particular smell might have on the productivity of your workforce or the way your customers will perceive your business, a new initiative by S C Johnson should convince you otherwise...
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CHSA launches new website

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's (CHSA) new website is now live.

Run by its members for its members the CHSA represents all the major manufacturers and distributors supplying cleaning and hygiene products into the UK and Ireland. The new website clearly communicates the CHSA's three primary activities:
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Timely review wins cleaning contract plus London Living Wage for staff

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Thames Cleaning & Support Services tells us it has managed to implement the London Living Wage without increasing its costs - a move that has helped it win the cleaning & support services contract at Blackstone's newly acquired premises at 160 Queen Victoria Street in London.
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Brentford FC upgrades laundry

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The laundry at Brentford Football Club's training ground operates seven days a week throughout the 10-month season, catering for 120 players with three sets of kit each.
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Working at height specialist receives unexpected reward for paying London Living Wage

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Working at height expert, CAM Specialist Support, has been presented with the London Borough of Lewisham's Employer of the Year award for its commitment to its staff, including paying the London Living Wage.
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Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
19-21st March 2019
London
United Kingdom

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Clean Buildings Expo
26-27th March 2019
Baltimore
Maryland
USA

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Interclean Istanbul
10-12th April 2019

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IWFM Conference
24th April 2019
London
Website

Pulire Verona
21-23rd May 2019
Verona, Italy
Website

ISSA Cleantex Africa
4-6th June 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa
Website

ISSA Expo Limpieza 2019
5-7th June 2019
Mexico City
Mexico

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CMS Berlin
24-27th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS World Summit 2019

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CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS Cleaning Management Services


Hygienalia+Pulire
12-14th November 2019
Madrid, Spain
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ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Las Vegas
Website

Loo of the Year Awards
6th December 2019
Prestigious Awards in the heart of England
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