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International News

Edinburgh-based Topolytics named a top five global circular economy solution

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Edinburgh waste analytics company, Topolytics, has been chosen by Google and SAP as one of the top five circular economy technologies globally. The Circular Economy 2030 Contest, organised by both tech giants, set out to find the best revenue-generating ideas that can unlock $4.5 trillion of new economic output.

ISSA develops new calculators to aid members

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ISSA has taken another step down the path of advancing cleaning by developing two business resources: the Consumable Product Cost & Usage Calculator and the Workloading & Bidding Tool. Both are currently available online and are for the exclusive use of ISSA members.

Innovative Sustane polymer launched to save natural resources

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RPC bpi recycled products, a leader in responsible sourcing and manufacturing of plastic materials, has launched another first in sustainability - a range of premium, sustainable polymers made from 100% recycled plastic called Sustane.

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The campaign to clean up our environment - particularly when it comes to plastics - is gaining momentum, but as far as I'm concerned, it's not happening quickly enough. Yes, I know if takes time for manufacturers to get everything into place and that changes to production lines and processes can be a real headache and very expensive, but this has been coming for years... On the commercial front, those who are ahead of the game are gaining goodwill at the expense of the competition who may be dragging their heels. But as we've all seen from the images of some of the devastation we're causing, it goes beyond commercial losses, doesn't it?

Extinction Rebellion is making a name for itself in some 30 countries and while I don't support the idea of damaging someone else's livelihood by, say, preventing people from getting to work or making it difficult for customers to visit, while also delaying deliveries of such crucial items as medical supplies, I can see why the activists have been spurred into action. Many are citing climate change but others who are aware that our climate is constantly changing are trying to draw attention to the damage we seem to be inflicting so willfully on our planet and asking us to do something about it. This message I do agree with.

The Marine Conservation Society has asked me to get involved in its campaign to encourage our Government to include drinks cans and bottles of all sizes and materials in its proposed money-back recycling scheme, rather than just some types and sizes. The Government is consulting on a scheme to cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland is already in the design phase) and the MSC wants to ensure we adopt a scheme that's easy for consumers and one that's harmonised across the UK. If you've read my grouses in previous leaders about the different and confusing schemes run by our councils, you'll be aware that I totally agree with the MSC's sentiments on making things easy. Consultations cost a fortune and so does implementing systems to suit whatever decisions are made. Let's not do this in phases - let's get it right first time and make it all-encompassing from the start! Visit www.mcsuk.org to find out how you might help, and if you're reading this from a country that took action in the early days and can suggest some solutions to this pressing global problem of ours, do please let me know!



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This Week's News

PHE's latest report on norovirus outbreaks in hospitals shows outbreaks reduce services

* PHE-report.jpgPublic Health England's latest report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), covering weeks nine - 13, 2019, shows that services are still having to be reduced in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 73 outbreaks, 71 of which (97%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 44 of which (60%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.

Cleaning Show achieves record visitor numbers: 26% increase in footfall; delegates from 45 countries...

* Cleaning-Show-results.jpgThe Cleaning Show has reported that attendee numbers for the 2019 exhibition at Excel in London exceeded 7,000, with a 26% increase in visitors when compared to the 2017 show hosted at the same venue. Organisers have also reported that the number of foreign visitors increased yet again, and that representatives from 45 different countries attended the three-day expo.

"To experience growth in visitor numbers by over 25% is a remarkable achievement, especially in these economically challenging and politically uncertain times for our industry," says Stan Atkins, chair of the British Cleaning Council, which co-produces the show.

IWFM ambassadors salute the profession in schools as Institute looks ahead to World FM Day

* IWFM.jpgOne month from today, workplace and facilities managers of the world will unite in celebration and recognition of their profession to mark World FM Day.

The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management members will salute their profession by inspiring the next generation to join it, delivering activity-based workshops in schools across the UK with the aim of encouraging the next generation to learn about its diversity and impact and get involved.

Christeyns Food Hygiene introduces new take on e-learning

* Christeyns-Food-Hygiene.jpgWarrington based hygiene specialist, Christeyns Food Hygiene, has this week launched Moviemento, a fully adaptable Learning Management System and e-learning package designed to meet the stringent hygiene requirements of food and beverage production environments.

The platform is a result of the collaboration between government agencies, food and beverage safety experts and online training specialists and provides seamless, up-to-date management of all training programmes, whilst simplifying the process of knowledge sharing across an organisation.

EFCI's 2019 Conference - Meet the speakers

* EFCI-2019-Conference.jpgThe European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 10th Conference, taking place on 28th June 2019, will open with the presentation of a trend report on the evolution of the industry for the past 30 years.

Being developed by EFCI with the help of hkp///RemuNet, the report will go through all the historic 'EFCI surveys' and will include the last available data regarding the sector.

Registration now open for ISSA show Canada 2019

* Registration-ISSA-Canada.jpgThe new ISSA Show Canada 2019 website is live and registration is now open for this trade show and conference, which takes place 11th -13th June, 2019, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, ON, Canada.

This three-day event is the result of a partnership between ISSA, The International Facility Management Association, and MediaEdge's Real Estate Management Industry (REMI) Network.

Industry leaders and researchers prepare for CIRI Science Conference

* CIRI.jpgThe Cleaning Industry Research Institute has announced that the theme for the 2019 research symposium taking place 15th - 17th July at Miami University in Oxford, OH, US, is 'Connecting Research to Practice'. The conference is focused solely on sound science in the cleaning and remediation industries; all presentations are peer-reviewed for content and objectivity.

"We're not a marketing conference or a trade show," explains John Downey, CIRI's executive director. "This is a conference for researchers and industry leaders looking for both research-to-practice and practice-to-research perspectives and for anyone who wants to learn best practices backed by sound science."

Tissue World Milan 2019 welcomed 3,200 visitors from 91 countries

* Tissue-World-Milan-2019.jpgThis year's Tissue World 2019, held at Fieramilanocity, Milan, last month, welcomed 3,200 participants from 91 countries, with the highest number of attendees coming from Italy, Germany, USA, Turkey, UK, Spain, Serbia, and Sweden.

The world's largest dedicated tissue industry event, Tissue World 2019 featured a trade show with 172 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest technical and innovative developments. It also included a three-day conference on the theme of 'Smart and Sustainable - Strategies to Stay Sharp as a New Decade Dawns'.

Efficient new bin lorries take to the roads

* Efficient-new-bin-lorries.jpgScotland's North Lanarkshire Council has invested in 24 new bin lorries, which meet the latest European standards for emissions and have a number of safety features, including an automatic emergency braking system and a four-way camera system to give the driver full visibility.

Each Mercedes Benz Econic lorry can carry 10.5 tonnes of material which is compacted as collections are carried out, giving increased capacity and making them more efficient.

School children not toilet trained? Little Accident Box clean up kit helps teachers cope

* Aroma-Care-Solutions.jpgHealth and wellbeing specialist Aroma Care Solutions has produced a Little Accident Box to help teachers deal with toilet accidents in the classroom. It comes as a councillor in the West Midlands revealed that a primary school has hired a nappy changer because some of its pupils are not toilet-trained.

The revelation is the latest in a series of warnings about the state of unreadiness for school of some children and the strain it places on teachers.

£1,500 fine highlights concerted effort to tackle fly-tipping culprits

* Fly-tippingfine.jpgCoventry Magistrates have fined a Coventry resident £1,437.35 after mattresses, paint tubs and several bags of household waste were found on Hollyfast Lane, Coventry. Among the dumped materials were a number of letters which linked the items to a Scott Miles.

Following the incident in October last year environmental crime officers wrote to Mr Miles but there was no reply. A formal interview under caution was arranged but Mr Miles did not attend or make contact regarding rearranging the appointment. A Notice was served on Mr Miles at under Section 108 (j) of the Environment Act 1995 on 15th November 2018.

Students help to tackle textile waste with new video

* Students-against-waste.jpgSome 100kgs of textiles is thrown away into the general rubbish bin in West Sussex every five minutes, costing over £1 million pounds a year in disposal costs. To help reduce both the waste and the costs of its disposal - whilst education young people, the local authority went back to school... the Chichester Free School - and got its students involved in a new film aimed at getting more people in the county 'Tackling Textiles'.

The team used 100kgs of clothes, towels, blankets and sheets in the video to create the recycling symbol. The students were also asked questions on their perceptions of recycling.

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Recent UK News

BICSc Annual Awards 2019 applications deadline looming

There are less than four weeks left to enter the 2019 British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards, with the ceremony taking place on Thursday 26th September at Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa in Northamptonshire.

The winners are determined by a judging panel made up of industry experts, and provide a great opportunity to showcase an individual's, or organisation's, achievements to the wider cleaning industry, as well as BICSc community of over 30,000 members. Last year's winner of the 'Client Commitment to Training' award, Rosaleen Liard, chief executive officer of Chequers Contract Services says of her company's win:

TC Facilities Management achieves £3M in new sales

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TC Facilities Management has secured multiple new customers for the delivery of cleaning & window cleaning services in the wholesale, high street & commercial office sectors across the UK.

The contracts, worth £3 million per annum, will see over 300 colleagues join TCFM up and down the country since the contracts started going live from 1st March, 2019.

Cleanology research reveals real attitudes to rates of pay

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Almost two-thirds of employees are concerned that cleaners should be paid fairly. According to research commissioned by London-based contract cleaning firm Cleanology, 63% of staff care greatly about the rate of pay for cleaning operatives. However, only 39% have an accurate idea of the real figures on cleaning pay.

CSSA Awards - event pictures available

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Although we briefly covered the Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards in the week that they took place, the arrival of a link to some fabulous pictures of the event, including the presentations themselves and the many happy attendees, has prompted a revisit which should be of interest to those who may have missed our write-up because the London Cleaning Show was still in full swing...

Genesis Biosciences wins major cleaning innovation award

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Welsh biosciences company Genesis Biosciences has won a major UK cleaning award for its innovative and eco-friendly range of cleaning products. Genesis won the 'Contract Innovation' category at the Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards 2019 for its groundbreaking 'Evogen Professional' range which uses beneficial bacteria and eco-benign chemistry instead of traditional harsh chemicals.

Facilities Show 2019's new Smart Buildings Expo will help sector work smart and well

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The Smart Buildings Expo is a new area set to inspire over 12,000 global cleaning and facilities management professionals attending Facilities Show 2019.

Held in association with the Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management, the world's largest dedicated facilities management and workplace wellbeing and smart buildings event will take place at ExCel, London from 18th - 20th June.

National Minimum Wage and Living Wage rates rise but still lag behind 'real' requirements

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National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increased on 1st April, as they do each year, but according to the Living Wage Foundation they are still not adequate to meet minimum 'living' requirements.

Resource & Waste Strategy - an opportunity for discussion

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WRAP and DeFRA are hosting informal panels and discussions on the Resource & Waste Strategy and its implication for local authorities. There will be four all-day sessions, with a focus on the Consistency Consultation, at the following locations:

Tuesday 16th April - Darlington
Thursday 18th April - Stafford
Tuesday 23rd April - Southampton
Friday 26th April - Swindon

Star Platforms delivery and service fleet ready for Ultra Low Emission Zone introduction

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The Ultra Low Emission Zone comes into effect on 8th April 2019 and will require all vehicles to meet the new ULEZ Standards or pay a daily charge to drive within the designated Central London area if they don't. Star Platforms' fleet of 10 vans and 15 trucks are fully compliant to drive under the new standards.

Fast-growing property services business invests £600,000 in new Wakefield headquarters

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Having doubled revenue year on year for the past three years, expanding facilities management firm B38 Group is celebrating another key milestone in its development with a move to a large new headquarters in the centre of Wakefield as part of its plans to recruit another 30 head office staff.

The perfectly organised cleaning cupboard?

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If you're unsure how best to organise your cleaning cupboard, the British Institute of Cleaning Science gave the perfect demonstration at the recent Cleaning Show in London.

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2020 launched: new sponsors announced

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The Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Services Awards 2020 has been launched, with new headline sponsor the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier's Association announced.

These are the premier awards recognising excellence in the facilities management and contract cleaning sectors and will take place on 4th March 2020 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.

When doing less is better for business

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For cleaning professional and National Carpet Cleaners Association member, Marcus Davis, the secret to a successful contracting business in a very challenging and competitive market, is to focus on what the customer wants and craft a solution that looks the part and does the job.

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

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


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