Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th November 2018 Issue no. 845
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ISSA heralds 2018's innovators
Wild about washrooms! Nature calls winner of Cintas America's Best Restroom contest
Industrial vacuum cleaner market likely to be worth $681.3 million by 2023
'Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Market by Type (Dry and Wet & Dry), Power Source (Electric & Pneumatic), Industry (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Metalworking, and Building & Construction), and Region - Global Forecast to 2023'.
Technology: Will news that carbon fibre can store energy in a vehicle body impact on cleaning machines?
A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system. The researchers' vision is of vehicles where a large part of the body of the vehicle consists of structural lithium ion batteries.
Introducing the latest in backpack vacuum cleaning technology
RAS publishes Happy Toilets @ Preschools Booklet & Handbook to mark 20th anniversary
Dust specialist launches most powerful gas-powered extractor to date
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My goodness - last week's leader has touched a nerve; my phone's been ringing off the hook and I've had emails from many of you who are as incensed as I am over the issue of fly tipping. I posted my leader in the 'What's on in Epsom' group Facebook page and as well as the posts on there, local people have messaged me voicing their frustrations at the recycling system and how things are being made progressively more difficult for us - which in turn is leading normally law-abiding citizens to not only employ cowboy waste removal firms who dump our rubbish over the countryside, but also to illegally dump things ourselves and sometimes send rubbish to landfill when it can (or could) so easily be recycled.
The consensus is that local authorities, in trying to cut costs by shortening the hours our civic amenity tips are open and indeed closing them for one or more days of the week, are actually spending hundreds of thousands of pounds more than they've saved, in employing people to clean up the rubbish that's been illegally dumped. The whole system needs a rethink. I've just read that within my borough, the cost of removing fly-tipped waste is estimated to be over £1million this year alone!
Also, people feel that not enough is being done to publicise the fact that it's the responsibility of the owner of the rubbish to check that the contractor they're paying to take their rubbish away, is licensed to do so. However, it's also been asked, how we as laypeople are supposed to know that what appears to be a proper licence is actually genuine? We could inadvertently - if illegally dumped rubbish is traced back to us - end up being shamed in the local press and end up paying a heavy fine for a genuine mistake, couldn't we? It's not really fair, is it?
Doug Cooke, chairman of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, posted that his local tip was closed some years ago "with dire consequences". The nearest facility is eight - 10 miles away. A few days later, Doug expressed his frustration that a lorry-sized pile of stinking rubbish and rubble had been dumped down a country lane one mile from his house.
There are some great comments and ideas regarding these issues under last week's Leader on our Facebook page. I'd be delighted if you'd join in the discussion...
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This Week's News
IICRC seeks volunteers for new BSR/IICRC S530 and BSR/IICRC S590 Standards
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of two new Standards: BSR/IICRC S530 Standard for Indoor Environmental Assessment for Suspected Molud Contaminated Structures; and BSR/IICRC S590 Standard for HVAC Cleaning and Decontamination in a Water Damaged Environment.
For those interested in serving on either the BSR/IICRC S530 or BSR/IICRC S590 consensus bodies, should consider the following:
Trojan Battery Company acquired by C&D Technologies
Trojan Battery Company has announced that it is to be acquired by C&D Technologies in a move that will combine two leading battery manufacturers with complementary product portfolios, to create one of the largest energy storage providers with over $1.0 billion of revenue, eight manufacturing facilities and a presence in every major region. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 60 days.
"Trojan Battery is an industry leader with a great heritage and an amazing team of employees," said Neil Thomas, president and CEO of Trojan Battery. "I'm excited about the agreement with C&D and believe that it will secure the company's future and position it for even greater success in the years ahead."
We have mail: business rates relief for public toilets... and an endorsement!
Having been involved, as Director of BTA and owner of Loo of the Year Awards, giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee in 2008 demanding changes that would require the Government to make a legal requirement on local authorities to provide adequate public toilets, I welcome the budget changes.
Unger floor cleaning system in comparative test
Unger Europe tells us that its new erGO! was one of a number of floor cleaning systems put to the test by the Institute of Work Sciences & Ergonomics at the University of Siegen, Germany.
The study, led by Prof. Dr. Ing. Karsten Kluth, involved the ergonomic evaluation of floor cleaning systems to determine what - if any - stresses and strains were caused to cleaning personnel, through the various cleaning systems' different designs.
The little accident box - helping teachers survive children's classroom accidents
Following the recent report by Ofsted head Amanda Spielman revealing that the number of children starting school without adequate toilet training has increased at an alarming rate, health and wellbeing specialist Aroma Care Solutions has come to the rescue for teachers across the country working with three- and four-year olds settling into school life.
The report stated that a shocking 70% more schools are reporting problems with untrained children compared with five years ago.
Anti-bacterial protection spray offers 48-hour protection
After months of research and hard work, the team behind a new scientifically-proven 48-hour anti-bacterial spray has launched its product to the UK market - and has plans to take it worldwide
OneSpray has been designed specifically as the first line of defence against everyday bacteria. Its specially developed formula is not only effective at cleaning screens and surfaces but also guarantees to keep them bacteria-free for up to two days afterwards.
Mini Seatsan: economical, compact and elegant
Mini Seatsan, the latest addition to Kennedy's sanitising range, is exclusive to the UK market. An elegant and compact sanitising foam dispenser, it is particularly suitable for high traffic hospitality washroom areas, large offices and other business environments.
Robust, service-friendly and highly hygienic, the Mini Seatsan is available with a 300ml toilet seat sanitising foam. The ultra-economical foam is smoothly dispensed in 0.4ml doses and uses 30% less consumable than a comparable fluid sanitiser. It is effective against bacteria found on toilet seats, such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterococcus hirae.
Soapbox: A good week for toilet talk
By Yvonne Orgill, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association...
"It has been a good week for toilet talk. First we had the chancellor making numerous toilet jokes as he announced in the budget that owners will no longer pay business rates on public toilets. Then Microsoft founder Bill Gates unveils a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water by making a presentation with a jar of human faeces on show beside him.
The Chancellor's announcement caused much merriment in the house and Bill Gates's stunt made the headlines, which is great news for the bathroom industry, as it brings the toilet and water use to the top of the news agenda.
Essity presents new organisation and commits to 100% recyclability of plastic packaging
Essity has marked some restructuring and the launch of a new organisation, with the announcement that it has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastic Economy global commitment: 'A line in the sand', meaning it has committed to working toward 100% recyclability of the company's packaging by 2025.
The commitment is aligned with Essity's overall ambition that new solutions will contribute to reducing the environmental footprint by 33% by 2030.
Waste management company fined £650,000 plus costs after worker killed while cleaning
A waste management company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured while cleaning a large ballistic separator machine.
Aylesbury Crown Court heard how, in August 2016, a Viridor Waste Management employee climbed into the top level of the ballistic separator - a machine that sifts through and separates recyclable materials - to clean it, before it was suitably isolated from the power supply.
New 1000W floorcare machine charger provides superior reliability and charge quality
Delta-Q Technologies has added a 1000W battery charger to its RC Series for use in battery-powered floor care machines. Available in a 24-volt model, the RC1000 is a high frequency charging ideal for both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries, which also offers Controller Area Network (CAN bus) communications for seamless machine integration.
Designed with floorcare and maintenance original equipment manufacturers in mind, the RC1000 is suitable for use in battery-powered scrubbers, sweepers, and burnishers.
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