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Ecolab's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's paper chemicals business, quickly followed by RP Adam & Arpal Gulf (Arpal Group) acquisition

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Ecolab announced on Tuesday that it had acquired RP Adam (Arpal Group), the 126-year-old manufacturer of cleaning and disinfectant products based in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. This comes hot on the heels of the purchase of Georgia-Pacific's paper chemicals business.

Greyland's colourful new Premier Range cleans to the Maximum!

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The latest line-up of powerful and effective premier cleaning chemicals from Greyland has a palette that not only bursts with colour, but also packs a powerful cleaning punch - hence the Maximum tag.

IICRC Calls for S400 non-voting section committee volunteers

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is seeking volunteers to serve as non-voting section committee members on the consensus body for the BSR-IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are now being accepted.

Wait, don't flush that!

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What should be common knowledge on what is and is not appropriate to flush down the toilet is wreaking havoc on sewer systems everywhere. Southern Trust Home Services, southern Virginia's leading HVAC company, is sharing its two cents and giving a list of 10 items to never flush down the toilet.

Easterseals' Gala honours Kaivac as Outstanding Community Partner

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Brighter Futures Celebration, Easterseals' annual awards gala, has recently honoured Kaivac as its 2017 Outstanding Community Partner. The Award is presented to a person or a company that has taken steps to remove barriers and provide opportunities for people with disabilities, facing disadvantages, and veterans.

New eco and bee-friendly ethical luxury collection from The Soap Co.

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Marking its second birthday, the award winning The Soap Co. has launched a new collection of luxury eco and bee-friendly hand and body products and cold processed soaps.

New low-cost solution for deep cleaning escalators

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Any cleaning team can now deep-clean escalators as well as take control of their routine maintenance cleaning with no need to call on specialist contractors or kit. REN Restore is a low-cost cleaning system for restoring the risers of escalators to pristine cleanliness - from RENclean.

Xeros announces new partner in United Arab Emirates

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Xeros has announced a partnership with Consolidated International Corporation Middle East to distribute and service its award-winning commercial laundry system in the UAE.

TAS Environmental Services makes Delmar Disposal second acquisition in 2017

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TAS Environmental Services, a Fort Worth, Texas-based environmental services provider, has announced the acquisition of Dallas-based industrial waste services provider, Delmar Disposal.

World Toilet Organisation and supporters issue joint declaration to mark World Toilet Day

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The World Toilet Organisation, Lixil Group, Saraya and the Ana Blue Wing Program marked World Toilet Day (19th November) by issuing a joint declaration on sanitation and hygiene, outlining their joint commitment to support the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

OdySea Aquarium reels in 'America's Best Restroom' title

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The public is hooked on the America's Best Restroom winner... Cintas Corporation has named the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona as the winner of its 16th annual America's Best Restroom Award - and yes that is a real shark in the picture!

Routine cleaning raises its game

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There's no excuse for low standards in high places when any cleaning team can vacuum high-level nooks and surfaces, says James White, managing director of Denis Rawlins.

Nanopool GmbH to massively expand presence in China

Nanopool's high-performance, multi-functional surface coatings are protecting buildings and industrial facilities and considerably reducing cleaning costs in Europe, the US and parts of Asia. The German manufacturer is now gearing up for what it says will be "massive" expansion in the Chinese market.

Coulson Ice Blast's IceStorm90 - 2017 R&D 100 Award Winner

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Coulson Ice Blast's IceStorm90 has been recognised as "One of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year" by R&D Magazine's 55th annual R&D 100 Awards.

PVAmicro's PVA coating just adds to the performance

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PVAmicro is a new generation of knitted, textile microfibre cloth with a patented PVA coating, which leaves nothing behind but clean, shiny surfaces. The cloth is especially effective on surfaces such as glass and stainless steel, where perfect, streak-free cleaning results are desired.

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* Bognor-tree.jpgA five-metre high Christmas tree, made from 600 reused green plastic bottles, is being lit-up over the holiday period in Bognor Regis town centre, to highlight recycling. I thought I'd help spread the word, to those who aren't likely to venture into Bognor anytime soon.

Like me, Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, believes it's striking. "The tree is such a delight to see; it's a really impressive sight especially when it's dark and lit up," she says.

"But it does make you think just how many bottles aren't getting the chance to be recycled into something new. In West Sussex, residents are recycling 59% of their plastic bottles which is great, but 41% still end up in the bin."

Deborah says that an estimated 166 million plastic bottles were recycled in West Sussex this year, out of a possible 262 million.

It's really not good enough, is it, when one considers the reports about the volume of plastics found in our rivers and oceans, and that which has made its way into the fish we eat and the water we drink?

And of course, West Sussex is just a tiny area, isn't it? Just imagine how many bottles are not recycled when they could be, throughout the UK... throughout the world... This is the fourth year the tree will be on display, previously having graced Crawley and Horsham. I think it would be a good idea for other councils to erect Christmas trees like this - or even trees made from other recyclables and litter, to help bring the message home that we need to treasure our environment.

Christmas has changed a lot since I was little, when everything was on a far smaller scale... Nowadays, for many, it's a time for excess... giving more gifts than are needed, spending way over budget, buying silly amounts of food and drink. The main result of excess, is waste.

Cleanzine will be back on 4th January. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it's a good one. Over the break and beyond, please buy responsibly (you can't recycle metallic or glittery wrapping paper), recycle all you can, and if you find you have more than you need, please share with others or donate it to a food bank or charity shop. Someone will love you for it!

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Jan Hobbs

This Week's News


Hello Jan,

I am happy to announce that ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its ‘Interclean’ trade show partner, RAI, have renegotiated their agreement and arrived at a mutually beneficial resolution.

Key takeaways from this restructured agreement are:

Interclean Amsterdam expands again to add 'On-Premise-Laundry' section

* Interclean-Amsterdam.jpgLooking to meet increased demand, interclean Amsterdam has expanded the scope of the show for the second time - demonstrating its position as the world's biggest and most popular event for the professional cleaning industry.

Taking place from 15th - 18th May 2018 at RAI Amsterdam, Interclean Amsterdam has already expanded to accommodate 12 halls of manufacturers from across the full spectrum of the cleaning and hygiene industry. Now, it is growing again to add several new side events and segments - in particular a dedicated area for the On-Premise-Laundry (OPL) sector.

ABM awarded the overall Loo of the Year awards trophy

* ABM-AWARDED-OVERALL-LOTY.jpgABM, a facility services company since 1987, were delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards 30th Anniversary event on Friday 8th December.

This was the second time that a cleaning/FM company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of ABM, also in its 30th year, gaining a Platinum Award grade for 94% of its thirty-four entries and four national awards for Scotland. They were also awarded the new Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards for England in the External Contractor sector.

Diversey to acquire Twister, Swedish manufacturer of diamond cleaning pads

* Twister-pads.jpgDiversey announced on Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Twister Holding AB and its assets for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Polaris.

Twister, headquartered in Söderköping, Sweden, is the owner of Twister, a patented system for daily floor cleaning using floor pads impregnated with billions of microscopic diamonds which clean and polish the floor mechanically. A completely chemical-free system, it works with water only.

Singaporean cleaning & waste management sectors to be transformed

* Singaporean-cleaning.jpgOn Monday, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, unveiled the strategies and initiatives designed to create a vibrant, sustainable and professional environmental services industry, able to provide the services and solutions required to achieve Zero Waste and a clean environment.

More than 78,000 professionals and 1,700 companies in the cleaning and waste management sectors keep Singapore clean.

NSS launches ISSA Innovation Award winning eForce scrubber with joystick control

* NSS-eForce-scrubber.jpgNSS Enterprises's innovative new ride-on scrubber is joystick controlled. The joystick control allows the operator to work in a very natural position; no steering wheel or standing required.

Seven cost saving sustainability ideas for 2018

* Seven-ideas.jpg"Cost savings is fast becoming one of the key reasons businesses now adopt sustainability programs," says Stephen Ashkin, CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools. "Whether you run a small business or head a large corporation, sustainability can help reduce operating costs.

For example, ISSA's DEAL program, developed in partnership with Sustainability Dashboard Tools, helped 20 participating distributors collectively save more than $400,000 in one year by implementing simple sustainability initiatives.

Technology helps fight infection-causing pathogens to enhance hospital safety

* Technology-hospital.jpgAs part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Newton Medical Center (NMC) has partnered with Clorox Healthcare to bring advanced, ultraviolet light technology to the hospital's existing patient safety and infection-fighting protocols.

Four Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV Systems now complement NMC's comprehensive infection control plan, which combines manual surface disinfection with pathogen-killing UV technology.

AMFM celebrates Living Wage recognition

* AMFM-Living-Wage.jpgAMFM has become a Recognised Service Provider working alongside the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage commitment will see AMFM offer a Living Wage option for each and every request for tender.

This will mean that even more organisations can consider paying all of their contracted staff a wage that meets the cost of living. Recognised Service Providers also commit to paying the real Living Wage to all staff working for their core business.

Rewards and penalties: taking bold steps to protect your company's data

A study from Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, has found that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the potential to drive major cultural changes in businesses worldwide.

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Recent UK News

Fancy a nice cuppa germs?

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A new study released last week by Initial Washroom Hygiene reveals that office workers could be exposing themselves to more harmful germs than they think during their daily tea run.

Food Hygiene Ratings display drives up food safety compliance, confirms report

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The Food Standards Agency has this week published a new Science Report by its chief scientific adviser, Professor Guy Poppy.

Former cleaners take on boardroom roles

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Commercial cleaning company Spotless, has appointed two former cleaners as joint managing directors as part of its strategy for long term growth.

Nicola Barbour and Michelle Lamb will share responsibility for over 1400 staff across seven offices. They will each handle a £6m per annum portfolio.

Keep bars and cellars clean and hygienic over festive season and beyond

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With the festive season well and truly upon many of us, pubs and clubs are experiencing their busiest time of year and it is when things get frantic that cleaning and hygiene can play second fiddle to keeping the customers happy.

Incentive FM consultancy secures major project with National Lottery operator Camelot

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Incentive FM Consultancy is currently delivering an intensive consultancy project for Camelot, the licensed operator of The National Lottery.

Incentive has appointed a new dedicated head of facilities management for Camelot to oversee the company's day-to-day FM operations and work with other members of the Incentive executive team on this assignment.

Boat cleaning operation damages cars parked nearby

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A cleaning contractor is counting the cost of a job that didn't quite go according to plan last month...

Defence contractor Babcock accidentally splattered around 500 parked cars with a metallic substance while cleaning a boat at Scotland's Rosyth dockyard, and it is estimated that it will cost up to £150k to repair them...

Technology and sustainability key drivers of the UK contract cleaning market

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Following three years of marginal growth, the UK contract cleaning market accelerated between 2014 and 2016 in line with the economy, says AMA Research in its latest report on the market.

It warns that the current uncertainty means that this growth is unlikely to be sustained over the next few years, but says that looking forward, demand is likely to be relatively buoyant in the transport sector, while the retail, commercial offices and the government sectors are likely to provide fewer opportunities, at least in the short term.

HSE annual occupational health & safety statistics analysed

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In the UK, 12,000 lung disease deaths annually are estimated to be linked to past occupational exposures, according to latest Official Statistics, and 18,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems are self-reported as being caused or made worse by work.

These are among the conclusions, relating to occupational ill-health, of annual health & safety statistics recently published by the Health & Safety Executive.

Fulham Road renews with ISS UK

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Three NHS Foundation Trusts have awarded ISS UK major contract.

After a competitive procurement process, the Fulham Road Collaborative (FRC) has awarded a new five-year contract, worth more than £100m (842m DKK) over the contract term, to its existing provider, ISS Facility Services - Healthcare.

Production and jobs restored at Gelpack

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Vision Gelpack, the UK manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks for the local authority, waste management, janitorial, clinical and medical and other industrial sectors, has resumed production at its Hereford plant following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group.

Under the leadership of managing director Geoff Davis and other key former members of the UK management team, some 50 jobs have already been reinstated, with a further 20 positions planned by mid-2018. Six production lines have been recommissioned to cope with initial orders, with another six lines scheduled for a January start.

Emergency cleaners help Search & Rescue Helicopter Service control contamination risks

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The UK's Search & Rescue service operated by Bristow Group has commissioned an emergency cleaning specialist to provide decontamination services for its helicopters and bases.

CleanSafe Services' teams are now available 24 hours a day to respond to any urgent cleaning task the service needs its help with.

Lanes wins drainage contract from Cambridgeshire police

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary has awarded Lanes Group the contract to carry out planned and reactive maintenance on the drainage systems at all its police stations for the next three years.

The contract, offered by competitive tender, covers all drain and sewer blockage and repair work at 18 station buildings across Cambridgeshire.

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