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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).

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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.VACS-FROM-SEA.jpg

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

Latest Norovirus outbreak figures in hospitals show marked improvement over last year

* Latest-Norovirus-outbreak.jpgThe latest Health Protection report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), shows that currently we are making improvements in combatting the virus.

The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 66 outbreaks occurring between weeks 1 to 4, 2019, 65 of which (98%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 43 of which (65%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.

Manuela D'Agata is ISSA's new international education & certification director

* Manuela-ISSA.jpgISSA has appointed Manuela D'Agata as its new international education & certification director. Manuela joins ISSA's international team, which also includes Alexandra Adams, international programme coordinator, and Frances Ball, business development manager UK & Ireland.

This latest appointment reflects ISSA's efforts to further build education & certification services such as the CIMS programme (Cleaning Industry Management Standard) across the globe. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Manuela will be responsible for establishing the CIMS programme in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania and Asia-Pacific regions, as well as developing a group of local trainers and auditors.

All CHSA Distributor Members to be Accredited by 2020

* Harrison.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has announced its intention to ensure all distributor members are approved as Accredited Distributors by 31st December 2020.

The CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Distributors ensures standards in the industry are maintained and approval as an Accredited Distributor means the distributor has successfully passed the independent inspection of its products, which must be supplied by a CHSA Accredited Manufacturer or conform to the standards stipulated in the relevant Accreditation Scheme.

Registration now open for EFCI's 2019 Conference

* Registration-EFCI.jpgThe European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 2019 Conference will take place on 28th June 2019 in Brussels under the title 'Cleaning and Facility Services: shaping the industry for the future'. Registration is now open and special early bird rates, providing a 20% discount, are available until 20th March.

Bookings are also being taken for the Conference Dinner, which will be held on the evening of 27th June at 20:00 at La Maison des Brasseurs, in Brussels' Grand Place.

Partnership will advance technology and software platform to combat HAIs

* Partnership.jpgUV Partners, (developer of the UV Angel Technology platform) and Surfacide, are unveiling their integrated advanced disinfection software at the 2019 Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS19) conference this week. This new software offering will allow for a combined disinfection data portal with advanced analytics capabilities.

Using the expansive disinfection datasets from UV Angel and Surfacide, healthcare personnel can:

Electron Mini-Bowser is a real Demon when it comes to eradicating dirt

* Electron-Mini-Bowser.jpgThe cleaning market has changed dramatically over the last 10 years as end users require greater pressures and cleaning performance. With the cost of fossil fuels escalating out of control the demands have moved towards economical power systems that still provide the cleaning performance. Demon has looked at these problems and towards the future and has now developed a revolutionary concept in the Demon Electron Mini-Bowser.

Two companies fined after worker is fatally crushed at paper mill

* Two-companies-fined.jpgTwo companies have been fined after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries when he was struck by a shovel loader.

Mold Magistrates Court heard how in February 2017, a 29-year-old employee of C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) was fatally crushed when he was struck from behind by a Volvo shovel loader whilst working at UPM-Kymmene (UK)'s Shotton Paper Mill.

Mayo Clinic study reports 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates using room disinfection technology

* Mayo-Clinic-study.jpgWanting to ensure that its robust infection prevention strategy and protocols were the best possible, the Mayo Clinic conducted a controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of Xenex Disinfection Systems' pulsed xenon ultraviolet light room disinfection technology.

The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that adding pulsed Xenon UV disinfection to the hospital's disinfection efforts resulted in a 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates on the intervention units that has been sustained for two years.

Vectair launches new aerosols in North & Latin America with 'Airadicate' odour neutraliser

* Vectair-new-aerosols.jpgAerosols, while a traditional method, still play a big part in the reduction of bad smells and are a popular, economical choice as an air freshener solution, globally. Their general reliability has been known for many years, although other non-aerosol aircare products have risen in popularity through the years, making aerosols seemingly 'old'. It's out with the old and in with the new at Vectair Systems though...

As an innovator in everything the company designs and manufactures, it has launched a new, innovative line of aerosols for the North and Latin America markets.

CMS Berlin 2019: Focus on startups and newcomers

* CMS-Berlin-2019-Focus.jpgFor the first time at CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services startups and newcomers will be represented in their own display section at the fair.

OSHA recognises Cintas in Springdale, AR, US for safety

* OSHA-recognises-Cintas.jpgCintas Corporation's Springdale, Arizona, US location has received Voluntary Protection Program Star certification from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

The announcement took place during a special ceremony on last week at the Cintas location at 580 North Monitor Road in Springdale.

Bioquell is acquired by Ecolab

* Bioquell.jpgEcolab has acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of Bioquell, the Andover, UK-based provider of hydrogen peroxide vapor bio-decontamination systems and services, for a total consideration payable to shareholders of approximately £139 million.

The purchase of Bioquell will expand Ecolab's portfolio of products, services, and solutions. Bioquell's expertise in bio-decontamination and deep-cleaning utilising vaporised hydrogen peroxide technologies complements Ecolab's daily cleaning and disinfection offerings for cleanrooms and other high-grade environments.

Biomethane from waste to supply 9,600 households with energy

* Biomethane.jpgIn Winter 2019, the German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower started building a biomethane plant near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, for Lanes Farm Energy, a gas-to-grid project developed by Aqua Consultants.

The plant will go live in late 2019 and deliver c7.3 million cu.m of biomethane to the UK gas distribution network. This amount of eco-friendly natural gas equivalent is sufficient to supply about 9,600 households with sustainable energy, 24/7.

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Recent UK News

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

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UK 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

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Jamie 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...

Campaign aims to SCRAP fly-tipping in Norfolk

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Norfolk 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.

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

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Sir 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.

SYR Territory Sales Manager


Territory Sales Manager 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a successful Manufacturer of Cleaning Equipment to extend its' sales team with the appointment of a Territory Sales Manager.

The role will require a highly motivated and sales-driven professional, who will be able to demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm, in order to manage and grow an existing business portfolio of accounts through Wales, The Midlands and parts of Lancashire.

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:

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