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International News

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

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Looking 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.

Diversey to acquire Twister, Swedish manufacturer of diamond cleaning pads

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Diversey 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.

Singaporean cleaning & waste management sectors to be transformed

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On 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.

NSS launches ISSA Innovation Award winning eForce scrubber with joystick control

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NSS 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.

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.

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Following broadcast of our last Cleanzine, which featured a Christmas tree made from used green plastic bottles, we started receiving reports that China's decision to stop importing plastic waste is already causing a build up at our recycling plants. In 2016, China processed almost two thirds of the UK's total waste and more than seven million tonnes of plastic waste in total - half of the world's recycled plastics. Its decision - which also includes mixed paper - will have a huge impact on our environment, unless we can massively increase the capacity of our local recycling industries.

Also over our break, Seas at Risk - an umbrella organisation of European environmental NGOs which promotes marine protection - and Eunomia, published a report on the scale of single-use plastic consumption in Europe. 'Single-use Plastics and the Marine Environment' represents the first attempt to create a picture of single-use plastic consumption in Europe based on consumption estimates for key items of waste: bottles, coffee cups and lids, drinking straws, takeaway packaging and cigarette butts. Its estimates indicate, for example, that the annual consumption of drinks bottles across the EU is around 46 billion.

The report also presents case studies of successful litter prevention initiatives and makes recommendations for how legislation can drive reductions in plastic consumption and so reduce marine plastic pollution and the need for landfill facilities. The recommendations include introducing reduction targets for a range of single-use plastic items (similar to those already in place for plastic bags), greater producer responsibility to cover both litter prevention and clean up, measures to mandate reusables at public events, and that data on the quantities of single-use plastic items on the market be made available to better facilitate reduction efforts. Eunomia was commissioned to support Seas at Risk in its efforts in petitioning European legislators to introduce ambitious policies that would help protect the marine environment.

As the report notes, if Europe were to drastically reduce its consumption of single-use plastic items - which are the most likely to be littered - then it would effectively eliminate a major source of marine pollution in all of its seas. And, in view of China's decision, it would also reduce what will soon become a recycling nightmare unless an alternative to shipping our waste half-way across the world can be adopted very quickly... it beggars belief that we were actually doing that in the first place... Happy New Year to you!

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This Week's News

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit highlights key industry concerns

* Sustainable-Cleaning-Products-Summit.jpgSome of the pressing sustainability issues facing the cleaning products industry, were discussed at the 4th edition of the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit hosted in Paris last month.

Discussions over the two-day executive summit covered the role of green certification schemes, bio-based surfactants, sustainability & marketing developments, and green formulations.

Foul smells, rats and urban foxes: research reveals UK's worst cities for problem rubbish

* clearabee-chart.jpgA new league table showing the impact of overflowing bins in the UK's major metropolitan areas reveals that Londoners are hardest hit by the effects of problem waste.

British Cleaning Council reveals more details of Manchester Cleaning Show

* British-Cleaning-Council-show-stand.jpgMore details of the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, have been announced by co-owner of the show, The British Cleaning Council.

Over the two-day event - being hosted at Event City in Manchester on April 11th and 12th 2018 - the BCC is already anticipating more visitors than the 2,300 which attended the first Manchester Cleaning Show in 2016.

Dirty toilets put most Brits off returning to restaurants

A YouGov online survey of 2,012 British adults by Cannon Hygiene, highlights the huge importance people put on the cleanliness and upkeep of washrooms. It shows how dirty washrooms not only put Brits off returning to restaurants, but also encourages them to warn others about the unhygienic conditions. For example:

Big expansion for UK's largest independent manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products

* mark-woodhead.jpgSelden Research, which specialises in the manufacture and delivery of professional cleaning and hygiene chemicals, is marking its 50th year with a new state-of-the-art warehouse greatly increasing capacity.

The firm, which employs 190 people at its headquarters in Buxton, Derbyshire, is also building new offices and a purpose-built canteen for staff.

RPC bpi recycled products wins environmental award

* RPC-bpi-Green-Apple.jpgRPC bpi recycled products has won a Green Apple Environment Award 2017 in recognition of its best practices - put in place over a number of years - which have resulted in the company achieving Valpak accreditation for 'Zero Waste to Landfill' across 75% of its sites.

Launched in 1994, The Green Organisation's Green Apple Award is an annual international competition that sets out to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice. Finalists appear in The Green Apple Directory which features the best practices of award winners and is available to companies across the world.

Prochem Europe announces 2018 training course dates

* Prochem-carpets.jpgProchem Europe has announced details of its industry-recognised one and two-day cleaning courses, covering carpet, hard floors, upholstery cleaning and stain removal.

Clear and practical, each course is held at the company's national training academy in Chessington, Surrey, and includes face-to-face instruction and step-by-step demonstrations by dedicated Prochem trainers, enabling attendees to gain the knowledge and confidence to clean to the highest professional standards. A comprehensive reference manual is also provided with each course, as is a certificate.

ISS extends partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

* ISS_HP.jpgISS's current integrated facility service contract with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which started in 2005 was set to expire by the end of 2018, has been extended to the end of October 2021.

The extended contract has the same scope as the existing contract. ISS will continue the full FM delivery to HPE's office and manufacturing facilities.

New LB4 Superleggera: the backpack vacuum cleaner which offers so much more...

* New-LB4-Superleggera.jpgLightweight and versatile, the new LB4 Superleggera is a backpack, canister vacuum, carpet cleaner and blower - all in one single machine.

Manufacturer Lindhaus tells us: "No other vacuum cleaner includes the backpack (standard), the canister, the carpet cleaner and blower (optional) functions."

CHSA raises a record breaking £14,000 for RNIB

* CHSA_RNIB.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association hasraised £14,000 to donate to the Chairman's charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), thanks to the generosity of CHSA members.

RNIB offers practical and emotional support to people who are losing their sight or are blind or partially sighted, helping them and their families face the future with confidence. The money raised by the CHSA will be used for the production of unabridged audiobooks to add to the charity's Talking Books library.

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Recent UK News

ABM awarded the overall Loo of the Year awards trophy

ABM, 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.

AMFM celebrates Living Wage recognition

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AMFM 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.

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.

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