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ISSA heralds 2018's innovators

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The Team ISSA Welcome Reception was an occasion to not only renew business relationships for hundreds of cleaning industry professionals, but also to announce the winners of some well-deserved awards.

Wild about washrooms! Nature calls winner of Cintas America's Best Restroom contest

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Cintas Corporation has declared J N 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in Sanibel, Florida the winner of the 2018 America's Best Restroom contest.

Industrial vacuum cleaner market likely to be worth $681.3 million by 2023

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The industrial vacuum cleaner market is predicted to grow from USD 536.9 million in 2018 to USD 681.3 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.88%, by researchers involved in compiling a new market research report:

'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?

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Ed: I came across something this week that I'm thinking could potentially change the way we manufacture/use batteries for/in cleaning machines. Not being a battery expert, I may have gone off kilter; however, the technology's interesting so I thought I'd share it. I'd love to receive your comments on whether you think it could be viable.

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

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Wightman & Parrish has been lucky enough to be chosen as one of the leading distributors of Pacvac, the latest in backpack vacuum cleaning technology.

RAS publishes Happy Toilets @ Preschools Booklet & Handbook to mark 20th anniversary

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In collaboration with Dyson Airblade hand dryer distributor VISO Pte, the Restroom Association Singapore has developed a booklet and handbook to mark its 20th anniversary.

Dust specialist launches most powerful gas-powered extractor to date

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Removing hazardous dust on an industrial scale has been made easier thanks to the UK's dust extracting specialist launching a high performance, gas-powered extractor on the market. Dustcontrol UK's new and innovative propane-driven DC Storm LPG can last up to eight hours and doesn't require any cables, making it ideal for environments with a limited supply of electricity.

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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

* IICRC-seeks-volunteers.jpgThe 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.jpgTrojan 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!

* Richard-Bone.jpgHi Jan

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-Ergo.jpgUnger 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

* The-little-accident-box.jpgFollowing 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

* Anti-bacterial-protection.jpgAfter 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-300ml.jpgMini 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

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"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-presents.jpgEssity 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

* 1000W-floorcare-machine-charger.jpgDelta-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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Recent UK News

Campaign tells public not to 'toss' their litter

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A hard hitting campaign to target fly tippers and people who drop litter in North Lanarkshire is running on buses, signs and billboards. The campaign asks people to do the right thing, put litter in a bin or take it home and 'don't be a tosser' by dropping litter.

It supports the message used by charity Keep Britain Tidy in their UK-wide initiative to tackle the problem of roadside litter.

Looking lively! London Cleaning Show 2019 steps up a gear with loads that's new

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The Cleaning Show, one of Europe's fastest growing trade events dedicated to commercial cleaning, has announced more details of next year's three-day expo, which is taking place from 19th - 21st March at London's Excel - and there will be a lot going on...

A new Resource Management Show is set to run alongside main exhibition and conference, which will once again feature suppliers, manufacturers, training organisations and trade organisations that are all involved in the cleaning, facilities management and waste management sectors.

Christeyns acquires Clover Chemicals

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International chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, whose UK headquarters are located in Bradford, has acquired Clover Chemicals, strengthening its position in the professional cleaning and hygiene sector.

Cromwell Polythene shows it 'Leeds by Example'

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Cromwell Polythene is supporting a new recycling on the go initiative for Leeds city centre - 'Leeds By Example', launched 9th October. The company, which supplies a range of polythene products to aid recycling, will provide over 20,000 bags made from recycled material to support the campaign over its six-month duration.

Monthind Clean wins contract for Norfolk's New Quadram Institute

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East of England contract cleaning company Monthind, has secured a multi-service line contract at the new state-of-the-art Quadram Institute (QI) medical facility.

Bio-Productions embraces 'Wear It Pink' Day

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Burgess Hill-based manufacturer Bio-Productions, is widely respected for the dedicated way it looks after its team with an approach to staff relationships that goes way beyond the usual HR boundaries.

Typical of this special company culture is the support of the entire workforce for 'Wear it Pink' Day.

Revealed: new names for recycling trucks!

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Wychavon District Council and its waste and recycling collections partner FCC Environment have now sifted through over 300 resident entries for names for the 15, brand spanking new waste and recycling trucks which are taking to the roads this month.

The names are:

- Reggie Refuse
- Sir Trash a Lot
- The Incredible Bulk
- Lambergreenie
- Recyclosaurus Rex
- Jus-bin Timberlake
- The Ter-bin-ator
- Binderella
- The Flying Dustman

Envirocall leads Emma Bridgewater post-fire clean-up

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In August six fire crews tackled a blaze at the Emma Bridgewater factory site in Lichfield Street, Stoke-on-Trent. The fire caused significant damage to the factory.

Viridor invests £3.7m in Crayford materials recycling facility to improve quality and safety

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Viridor has invested £3.7 million in enhanced paper purity and fire protection systems at its Crayford Materials Recycling Facility near Dartford. The Crayford MRF receives 300,000 tonnes of co-mingled content from 28 local authorities each year.

Environmental Cleaners laud perseverance and expertise of military forces

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The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has recently held its annual Military Awards. This event shines a light on the fantastic achievements of the servicemen, women and cadets that contribute to making our armed forces one of the most respected and accomplished in the world today.

Star Platforms raises its game with £2m investment in working at height equipment

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Business is on the up at Bedfordshire-based Star Platforms, as the company invests £2 million in new working at height equipment to support the opening of its fifth depot.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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