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International News

CMS Berlin and InnoTrans extend an invitation to the Mobility Cleaning Circle

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Messe Berlin has announced an exclusive networking event for senior executives at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019 (24th - 27 September). On 25th September, following the outstanding success of the first event in 2017, the Mobility Cleaning Circle will again take place.

Hyge Kickstarts wet wipe and toilet paper revolution

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Hyge is revolutionising personal hygiene with its biodegradable wet wipe on a roll. With a modern design that fits seamlessly on existing toilet paper holders, Hyge says the product delivers a superior clean to its inferior toilet paper counterpart and is better for the environment.

Partnership aims to clean up campsites and trails across America

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Airstream, maker of the iconic Silver Bullet travel trailer, has announced that public campsites across the US will be tended to after the partial Government shutdown thanks to the Campsite Cleanup Campaign, a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

RB and Diversey to partner in North American industrial and institutional cleaning market

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RB, (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) and Diversey have this week announced a strategic alliance in the North American industrial and institutional cleaning market.

Healthcare Cleaning Forum MENA Regional Conference program announced

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Interclean Istanbul will welcome an exclusive first to its exhibition halls when the show opens on 10th April - the Healthcare Cleaning Forum MENA Regional Program.

An exciting addition to this year's edition of the region's leading professional cleaning and hygiene event, the forum will bring together top experts and professionals from the healthcare sector to explore the key challenges facing healthcare cleaning.

Prochem waves wand over quicker cleaning

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The cleaning accessories offer from Prochem Europe has been expanded with the introduction of the Powermate 1200 extraction power wand - and feedback from the marketplace has been unequivocal.

See Morclean's new ThermaSteam at The Cleaning Show: Stand A15

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Steam cleaning is an economical and environmentally-friendly process for the safe and effective cleaning of a number of different surfaces. The new ThermaSteam trailer-mounted industrial steam cleaner from Morclean, is a revolutionary, heavy-duty cleaning system built to effortlessly remove graffiti and chewing gum without the use of harmful solvents or chemicals.

Prototype beach microplastics cleaning machine now ready for trial

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Hawaii Wildlife Fund, with the help of countless volunteers, has been cleaning Hawaii's coastlines for 15 years and just reached a milestone of recovering 500,000 pounds of plastic, including bundles of nets and line. Its efforts have been frustrated by an abundance of microplastic debris which is the most difficult to collect and remove from the beach because it takes so much time.

All this could soon be about to change...

Brandon Burton named IICRC standards chairman

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has this week announced Brandon Burton as its new standards chairman, taking over from longstanding standards chairman Howard Wolf on 1st January 2019.

DuPont to expand industrial biosciences research capabilities in the Netherlands

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially broke ground this week on its new site at the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary facility will utilise modern biotechnology to make industrial processes more efficient and products more sustainable.

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I was reminded by a comment on our Facebook page by the Domestic Cleaning Alliance's Stephen Munton, about a range of vacuum cleaners which - when I wrote about them in 2010 - I'd hoped would soon become widely available. As well as being striking in design, as our picture shows, they're not the sort of thing you'd easily lose in the cleaning cupboard, are they? What made them extra special was the fact that they'd been manufactured from waste plastics collected from the ocean... something useful being made from something bad... Stephen mentioned that back in the late 1990s, Dyson made the 'DC02 Recyclone' cylinder vacuum cleaner out of waste plastic from the factory. The intention was to eventually collect and recycle worn-out Dyson cleaners from customers, so as to continue making the Recyclone, but, sadly, this was never followed through.

What got both Stephen and me reminiscing was a video I'd posted of a boat which is sailing 500km along the coast of Kenya to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Called the Flipflopi, it's made from 10 tons of waste collected on the Kenyan coastline, including 30,000 recycled flip-flops to make the hull and decking! The boat is mooring up to visit schools along the way so those on board can share their views with teachers and pupils on the problems created by plastics and provide insights into repurposing the waste they create. The expedition has already inspired the city of Mombasa to close down a mismanaged dumpsite and get 22 major hotels to ban single-use plastic bottles and straws, so it's doing well.

Kenya introduced the world's toughest plastic bag ban in 2017, decreeing that those producing, selling or using plastic bags could be imprisoned for four years or faced with a fine of up to $40,000. I wish other countries would follow suit.

Now... flip-flop boat to take me exploring the seas or a colourful vacuum cleaner to help me with the housework... it's really a no-brainer, isn't it?

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This Week's News

Waxie names Brian Bogle Chairman Award winner for 2018

* WAXIE-Brian-Bogle.jpgWaxie Sanitary Supply has recognised San Diego-based senior account consultant, Brian Bogle with the Chairman Award during an event held at Waxie's home office in San Diego, CA.

Each year the company recognises the top account consultants from every branch that excels in representing its sales territory.

HAIs will be Canada's second leading cause of death by 2050... but help is at hand

* HAIs-Canada.jpgAccording to a recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthcare-Associated Infections are currently the country's fourth leading cause of death and could move up to second place by 2050. Help, however is at hand...

OptiSolve and the Kelley Lab at the University of Toronto are to combine novel nanomaterials with a genomics-based approach to allow for precise identification of pathogens that cause HAIs.

Mind the gap: how the transport sector can meet targets to reduce avoidable waste

* Transport-waste.jpgUK train companies are forever warning us to 'Mind the Gap'. But are they doing enough to close another gap that presents a different challenge altogether: the rail sector's performance gap against targets to minimise waste? Despite committed obligations to reduce waste - and to meet the 90% recycling target set by the DfT - many train operators are some way from their destination, argues Dan Brown, Corporate Sector Director, SWRnewstar...

Cleaning up

* QAS.jpgJamie Wright, managing director at Incentive QAS, discusses how his life was shaped by the cleaning industry and how his company changed the way it worked, to improve on its success...

Polls are open for third-annual 'Happy Hands' contest

* Happy-Hands.jpgThe finalists have been selected and now it's up to you to choose a winner! Voting for SC Johnson Professional's third-annual Happy Hands dispenser design contest is now open. The student-drawn designs are on display at www.debhappyhands.com and open for voting through February 28th.

The Happy Hands contest promotes the importance of handwashing at schools by encouraging K-12 students to use their creative skills and imagination to design a custom soap/sanitiser dispenser.

Handy new Steam Trolley System helps eliminate equipment transportation woes

* Matrix-Steam-Trolley-System.jpgMatrix Cleaning Systems' new Steam Trolley System is a multifunctional piece of equipment that is ideal for use with the company's small/compact steamers; the SO4, SO8, SD4, SMO8 and SMO4.

Shown here with the SO4, complete with standard accessories and steam mopping tools and pads, the STS eliminates the need for operatives to have to carry the machines and accessories separately.

Campaign aims to SCRAP fly-tipping in Norfolk

* Campaign-to-SCRAP.jpgNorfolk has launched the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign which aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual £1m clear up cost. The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier - either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.

"I hate to see fly-tipping and I know the vast majority of people do too," muses Cllr John Fisher, Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership. "Fly-tipping is illegal, unsightly and pollutes the environment.

EveryOneCloud reaches two million milestone in just 18 months

* EveryOneCloud.jpgCloud-based attendance and location management portal EveryOneCloud has recorded over two million clockings in just 18 months since its launch. Developed by workforce management specialists HFX, EveryOneCloud provides cleaning contractors of all sizes with the convenience to track employee attendance, presence and location in real-time, with a low cost monthly fee.

The system supports over one hundred devices including biometric hand readers, face recognition, finger print as well as traditional card/proximity based devices, mobile apps and telephony, allowing the system to be tailored to every workplace environment and working practice.

Local MP impressed by one stop operation at eco-friendly manufacturer

* Local-MP_Bio-P.jpgSir Nicholas Soames MP paid a visit to Burgess Hill-based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Bio-Productions, on Friday. Accompanied by the company's managing director, Angela Gill, he was given a tour of the company's offices and laboratory on the Victoria Business Park, where he had the chance to see the factory's production line first-hand.

Throughout the visit, Angela and operations manager, Chris Freeman, showcased the diverse products that make up the Bio-Productions catalogue, which has significantly expanded since business began in 1984.

Weight of 9,600 lions saved from household bins

* Weight-of-lions.jpgThe amount of waste thrown away by households across Malvern Hills District has fallen by more than 1,680 tonnes since the introduction of Alternate Weekly Collections, which was launched last April and saw collections switched to waste being picked up one week and recycling the next on a rotating basis.

Between April and November last year households threw away 8,172 tonnes of waste compared to 9,853 in 2017. The reduction is equivalent to the weight of 9,606 Lions or 14,246 Giant Pandas.

Bunzl Canada positioned for business growth in Quebec

* Bunzl-Canada.jpgBunzl Canada has announced its continued program of business investment in its operations in Quebec. The company has acquired multiple businesses in the province since 2015 with the aim of growing its business in both the wholesale and direct distribution markets.

"Quebec is a very strategic market for Bunzl," acknowledges Bunzl Canada president, John Howlett. "We have built a truly national distribution and wholesale platform to serve our customers from coast to coast. Our presence in Quebec is critical to enabling us to provide the consistent, responsive service their businesses rely on, right across the country."

For the love of laundry

* Christeyns-hotel.jpgBradford-based laundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, has recently won a contract to supply world class, leading hotel Adare Manor with laundry detergents and supporting machinery.

Adare Manor, located on the banks of the River Maigue in County Limerick, Ireland, is the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl and now a luxury five-star hotel. The property, set on 840 acres and incorporating a championship golf course and the only La Mer Spa in the British Isles, was awarded 'Hotel of the Year 2018' at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards.

Mitie links with Connect Group to win new contract worth £7.5 million

* Mitie-Connect-Group.jpgMitie has won a five-year contract with specialist distribution and logistics company Connect Group following a competitive tender process. Through an integrated facilities management contract, Mitie will manage a host of services including engineering, cleaning, security, reception and landscaping across 78 distribution centres and its headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire.

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Recent UK News

Clarity-The Soap Co. new recruitment drive signals bright future

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As 2019 gets underway, social enterprise Clarity-The Soap Co. (founded in 1854) announces that it has recruited new personnel in key positions as it implements a revised operating strategy to help ensure another phase of sustainable growth under chief executive, Nigel Lewis. Says Nigel:

UK Contract Cleaning Market '£95m Boost for 2019'

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A new report from MTW Research suggests the contract cleaning market is set for £95 million growth in 2019, despite Brexit uncertainties sustaining pressure on companies and dampening volume growth.

The 140-page report forecasts more than £450 million growth for the contract cleaning market in the next few years, with longer term optimism strengthening after a challenging period of trading in 2018.

CSSA announces finalists for Training and Environmental & Sustainability Awards

The Cleaning & Support Services Association has revealed the companies that have made it onto the shortlist for both its Training Award and the Environmental and Sustainability Award, in the Association's second UK Contract Cleaning Awards program. Those with a chance of winning are:


Greyland celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Born in the very last years of the 20th Century and now thriving in the 21st Century, leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland is one of those literal 'rags to riches' success stories that warms the heart:

EU Exit: Guidance for businesses that use chemicals

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To ensure that the UK will continue to be able to monitor and evaluate chemicals to reduce the risk posed to human health and the environment if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29th March, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has issued a reminder of the actions those involved in the chemicals business may need to take.

Cleaning Show free-to-attend conference - new speakers announced

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New speakers have been announced for the free-to-attend, three-day conference running alongside The Cleaning Show:

* Syed Ahmed (pictured), CEO, Savortex will discuss the Internet of Things and how it can benefit the cleaning industry. Syed will show how IoT can help identify the hidden risks in buildings that humans can't - in terms of energy, waste and resources.

WhiffAway at The Cleaning Show: Stand F12

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WhiffAway Group, a world leader in waterless urinal technology, will be exhibiting at The Cleaning Show at London's ExCel from 19th to 21st March 2019 on stand number F12.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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