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International News

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit highlights key industry concerns

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Some 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.

RPC bpi recycled products wins environmental award

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RPC 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.

ISS extends partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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ISS'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.

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

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Lightweight 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."

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.

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My 'epiphany moment' came some years back during BBC 'Question Time', when an audience member tackled prime minister Tony Blair about his promise to reduce to less than 24hrs, the time we had to wait to see our GP. Blair had thought that - as his figures showed that waiting lists had been cut beyond all recognition - surgeries had found a way to squeeze more of us in.

I'll never forget the look on his face as he learned how surgeries had got around the ban... How instead of booking us in for the next available slot if they were full that day, they told us to call back next morning when surgery opened, as they could only make appointments 'on the day'. You could see him picturing the nation's sick hauling themselves out of bed every morning to take part in long drawn out telephone queuing systems, only for many to receive the same message and have to go through the same process the following day.

Seeing the penny drop for Blair, made me realise that the Government doesn't really think things through properly! In this case, the long waiting times to see a GP were caused by there being insufficient GPs for the number of sick people needing medical help.

Nobody in Government had really stopped to consider this; they'd believed that introducing a new rule would solve the problem. It doesn't really work like that though does it? I understand that another ill-thought-out measure is being announced by the Prime Minister later today; this one part of several measures designed to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042.

Building on Tuesday's world-leading ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads, the Government is to extend the 5p carrier bag charge to all retailers in England, inject funding into plastics innovation and - to encourage industry to take responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and make them easier to recycle - look at how the tax system or charges could further reduce the amount of waste we create.

So far, so good... The part that concerns me? The idea that the introduction of plastic-free aisles in supermarkets (to give consumers the choice to make greener decisions) is actually viable... Most supermarkets are already too large. Three hours spent shopping is three hours wasted and the idea of having somewhere else to look for what I need, fills me with dread...

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This Week's News

NHS office staff tell how they volunteered to help cleaning colleagues

* NHS-volunteers.jpgNHS Lanarkshire board secretary Paul Cannon swapped his suit for a plastic apron as he scrubbed beds, cleaned areas around beds and handed out patient meals to help hard-pressed clinical colleagues at a busy hospital.

Paul (pictured with Gillian Mathie (left) and Laura Dempster), was one of many office-based staff who put their day jobs to one side to help out as Lanarkshire's hospitals managed unprecedented numbers of patients needing care for winter illnesses.

Why you should consider cleaning as a factor in personal liability claims

* Wet-floor-sign.jpgFutureclean Assured Systems is a well-established consultancy focusing on cleaning: its systems, cleaning change management and improvement and designing new systems for old, new designs for safer products and implementation of newer and much more effective systems.

Start 2018 with five ways to future-proof your business

* Start-2018-future-proof.jpgThe professional cleaning industry is changing more and evolving faster today than at any other time in its history. And while this is happening, the majority of cleaning contractors are so busy with their day-to-day business operations, they may not see even more changes coming right around the corner.

Ron Segura, president of Segura Associates, one of the industry's leading cleaning consultants working with both cleaning contractors and facilities managers in North America and also internationally, says to deal with these changes, we must take steps now to 'future-proof' our businesses. Here explains how...

UN accreditation for Vision Gelpack's clinical waste range

* UN-accreditation-for-Vision-Gelpack.jpgVision Gelpack, the UK manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks, formed following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group, has been awarded UN accreditation for its range of healthcare and clinical waste collection products.

SWC and ARL merge to provide wide range of specialist services nationwide

* SWC-and-ARL-merge.jpgFollowing Incentive FM Group's recent acquisitions of Specialist Window Cleaning and ARL Support Services, the company has announced that the two businesses have merged and relaunched under the SWC brand.

The move provides customers with greater access to a wide range of specialist window cleaning services and expertise under one roof with a national reach.

Major contract win for Tomcat

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Featuring Zero3, Tomcat's unique on board & on demand aqueous ozone system, the scrubber driers where selected not only on their performance but - and equally as important - sustainability.

RAS launches SaniGives: 'Buy * Give * Help'

* RAS-SaniGives.jpgSaniGives is a new holistic initiative launched by the Restroom Association Singapore, aimed at raising public awareness of the need to show kindness to cleaning attendants and recognise the good job that they do. Meaning 'Giving for Sanitation', SaniGives, encourages individuals to be be SaniGivers and:

* Buy products and services from fundraising partners
* Give donations to fund appreciation activities
* Help volunteer in appreciation activities

Sodexo and Huawei sign global partnership agreement

* Sodexo_Huawei.jpgSodexo has signed a five-year partnership agreement with Chinese global information & communications technology solutions provider, Huawei, which opens the door to Sodexo providing Huawei with integrated facilities management services on a global scale.

Huawei has upcoming IFM projects totaling US$400 million. The partnership represents a robust boost to the existing relationship between the two companies, which began in 2013 and currently covers 12 countries and four continents.

At Your Service Cleaning Group provides additional layer of protection against germs

* At-Your-Service.jpgAt Your Service Cleaning Group has announced its latest effort in helping its clients fight harmful germs that can have severe impacts on businesses and community members.

The Clorox Total 360 System offers superior surface coverage in even the hardest-to-reach places including the sides, underside and backside of surfaces, which are typically hot spots for bacteria and viruses.

Nviro, Mountjoy and Pabulum directors agree MBO of parent company, Quarr Group

* Nviro-Mountjoy-Pabulum-MBO.jpgThe founders of The Quarr Group have agreed a Management Buy-Out with the directors of its three subsidiaries: Nviro, Mountjoy, and Pabulum.

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Recent UK News

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

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A 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

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More 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.

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

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Selden 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.

Prochem Europe announces 2018 training course dates

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

CHSA raises a record breaking £14,000 for RNIB

The 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.

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...

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