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International News

IICRC seeks volunteers for new BSR/IICRC S530 and BSR/IICRC S590 Standards

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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.

Trojan Battery Company acquired by C&D Technologies

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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.

Unger floor cleaning system in comparative test

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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

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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.

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'.

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Ocean cleanup company, 4ocean, has unveiled its latest recovery vessel, a 135-foot ship that will join the fleet in gathering plastic and other debris accumulating in estuaries and coastlines globally, as well as responding to emergencies. It contains an excavator barge, marsh excavator, fast landing craft and a new design of collection booms that can be laid out in petal fashion to increase coverage while having access to the beach too. The marsh excavator comprises a long reach excavator and set of swamp tracks to work on soft soil to remove and separate plastics from mud.

The logistics of trying to manoeuvre large equipment complicates cleanup, so the fleet includes small 'panga' vessels which hold four to five 'supersacks' carrying 1,500 pounds of plastic. The larger Ocean Plastic Recover Vessel can bring in 310,000 pounds in one trip alone.

"Our mission with the new vessel is to attack shoreline plastic simultaneously while booms are collecting plastic debris," said 4ocean co-founders Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper. "We will also be handling reclamation projects in large areas to clean up oceans and river deltas. Our new Bobcat excavator uses a custom claw and hook on the front with teeth to leave behind dirt and only grab plastic. Our job is to collect as much plastic as possible, clean up the areas, install booms and employ locals to service and maintain the booms long-term."

Since launching in January 2017, 4ocean has pulled over two million pounds of plastic and other debris from our ocean and coastlines. Its efforts are completely funded through the sale of recycled bracelets and sustainability products, where every item purchased funds the removal of at least one pound of rubbish. By creating jobs, utilising the latest technology and raising awareness about the impact of ocean rubbish, the company's building the first economy for ocean plastic and creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for us.

Christmas is coming and the bracelets, which come in several colours (www.4ocean.com ), will make a great 'stocking filler'. And as well as helping support this great initiative, they will serve as a reminder to us all, that we need to create less rubbish and dispose of our waste sensibly.

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This Week's News

Soapbox: Fly tipping problems... a potential solution?

* Doug-Cooke.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services' Doug Cooke responds to recent comments about fly tipping

"Making the public and companies aware that they have a legal duty of care to ensure their rubbish/rubble/waste material is disposed of by a licensed operator who's issued a waste transfer certificate, should be undertaken by local authorities and groups like Keep Britain Tidy. Very heavy fines can be handed down by the Courts for those caught, who don't comply.

Of course, the cowboy rubbish collectors and fly tippers should be fined too, but they will hopefully reduce in numbers if rubbish owners act legally and responsibly.

CIRI announces Science Advisory Council

* CIRI-Whiteley.jpgThe Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), the independent, not-for-profit, educational, science and research organisation which covers the worldwide professional cleaning, facilities and building maintenance, janitorial supply and disaster restoration industries, says its newly updated Science Advisory Council consists of a virtual who's who of leading scientists and researchers serving the industries. The SAC comprises:

Recycle Week 2018: 'the best ever'

* Recycle-Week-2018.jpgCongratulations to all the local authorities and organisations that got behind this year's Recycle Week, which turned out to be the biggest and best Recycle Week ever!

The week saw the launch of Recycle Now's Do/Does campaign which was delivered through a huge social media and 'out-of-home' advertising campaign on over 350 JC Decaux sites around England and Northern Ireland. The campaign featured a national tour of a big 'WE DO' sign, showing that 'We Do' recycle. This ties in with Recycle Now's new normative messaging approach to change recycling behaviours.

A winning couple!

* Lindhaus-video.jpgCouple the Lb4 l-ion backpack vacuum cleaner and the new p30 universal nozzle from Italian manufacturer Lindhaus and you have a winning combination ideal for cleaning in awkward set-ups such as classrooms and lecture theatres, on aircraft and other public transport, and in entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and stadia.

The equipment enables cleaners to move quickly along aisles and around seats, allowing them to collect debris such as popcorn and sweet wrappers up to 15mm in size, with ease.

Clarity-The Soap Co wins in two categories at The Planet Mark Awards

* Clarity-Planet-Mark.jpgClarity-The Soap Co won in both the Best Newcomer and Best Employee Engagement categories at the The Planet Mark Awards held at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre last month.

At a glittering ceremony, with keynote speaker Sir Tim Smit KBE = co-founder of the Eden Project - encouraging the audience to redouble efforts to inspire others to reduce their carbon footprint and develop more sustainable businesses, Clarity-The Soap Co was acknowledged as a social enterprise that is setting best practice in its sector and beyond for reducing its carbon footprint via a series of green initiatives.

Intelligent washroom solutions for optimal hygiene

* Intelligent-washroom.jpgKennedy Hygiene's dispensers and consumables accommodate every hygiene need, including commercial and industrial, high and low traffic environments. Contemporary and elegant, its dispensers are complemented by environmentally-friendly consumables.

The automatic range includes hand washing and sanitising dispensers, fully programmable air fresheners and feminine hygiene bins. Based on infra-red proximity technology and hand activated sensors, the products provide optimal hygienic solutions for washroom users as well as those whose job it is to clean the washrooms and replenish the stocks of disposables.

Principle retains REM portfolio properties in five-year deal

* Principle-retains-REM.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has retained its contract with Real Estate Management (UK) (REM) for three of its properties - The Shard, Park House, Oxford Street, and 48 Pall Mall.

The new five-year deal will see Principle, which began working with REM in 2012, involved in some of the most complex vertical cleaning required in London today.

Hepaco acquires Trans Environmental

* Hepaco-Trans-Enviro.jpgUS environmental and emergency response services provider Hepaco, has acquired Trans Environmental, the Illinois-based provider of environmental remediation, industrial cleaning and emergency response services. Trans founders Matt Warneke and Jeff Lonas will continue to lead the company after the closing of the acquisition. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hepaco is majority-owned by San Francisco-based private equity firm Gryphon Investors, which purchased the Company in August 2016.

Minster Cleaning Services roll out TemplaCMS to 26 franchises

* Minster-Cleaning-Services.jpgFounded in 1984, Minster Cleaning Services is a well-established franchised cleaning network, with 43 franchises and group revenue of more than £40m. The individual franchises (known as branches) are spread all over the country and range in turnover from £0.5m to over £2.0m.

Although the branches benefit from centralised support in areas such as training and marketing, the company recently undertook a major project to provide them with a standardised, software-based contract management platform that will relieve them of the administrative and operational pressures that cleaning brings.

Interserve Facilities Management fined for safety failings

Interserve Facilities Management has been fined after multiple safety failings at a laboratory site for the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge.

Hove Crown Court heard how, in September 2014, mains power was lost at the site which includes high containment laboratory facilities required to safely handle high hazard pathogens that are a serious risk to human health and the environment.

Gritting crews ready for Winter

* Gritting-crews-ready.jpgWith temperatures having dropped rapidly in the UK over the past few days and snow and ice reported in many locations following an unusually mild Autumn, Thurrock Council's new fleet of specialist multi-purpose vehicles - which also carry out road maintenance work - have been used for gritting for the first time.

The council grits approximately 226 miles of road, with routes graded by importance. These routes consist of the priority routes, which make up of the main road network, such as the A13 and bus routes, and take about three hours to grit. If the weather is more severe, secondary routes are also treated and take another two hours.

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Recent UK News

We have mail: business rates relief for public toilets... and an endorsement!

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Hi 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.

Soapbox: A good week for toilet talk

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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.

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.

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.

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