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International News

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

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

Christeyns Food Hygiene introduces new take on e-learning

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Warrington 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.

EFCI's 2019 Conference - Meet the speakers

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The 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.

Registration now open for ISSA show Canada 2019

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The 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.

Industry leaders and researchers prepare for CIRI Science Conference

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The 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.

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

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Health 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.

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What do you see in this picture? Street cleaning in action? You're right of course, but I also see a missed opportunity - well, actually, two!

I'm aware that a team of outside contractors is engaged in overnight intensive deep cleaning of pavements - including the removal of chewing gum - in Romford, Essex. I also know that this work is in addition to the investment of an extra £400,000 by the Council into more frequent residential street cleaning. But who's the contractor? And whose machines are being used? This is a missed marketing opportunity for the contractor who's impressed the Council enough to have won the contract and a missed opportunity for the manufacturer of the equipment being used. Please get in touch if you can fill in the gaps - or if you're not involved in this particular job but have a success story of your own you'd like to talk about... Cleanzine has a global circulation of 100,000-plus readers and we could help you sell your product or service, by sharing your news.

Returning to the subject of my previous two Leaders, I had a lovely message from Vickie Ryde, mother of young litter picker Leighton Ollerenshaw, thanking me for the mention. Vickie said she'd told Leighton I'd been commending his efforts and that he'd said he couldn't understand why people are so proud of him and that the litter shouldn't be dropped in the first place. He thinks he will still be litter picking when he's 100 years old, bless him. As you might imagine, my response included the sentiment that I hoped that by the time he gets to be 100, the world will be a much better place and that he won't have to go around picking up other people's litter!

Other readers emailed me links to a story about Nadia Sparkes who this year picked up a volunteering award from the Prime Minister, but who was forced to change schools after being bullied for picking litter on her journeys to and from her school, (which doesn't appear to have offered her the support she needed). She's now settled happily at Reepham High, where she's appreciated by the environmentally-conscious people with whom she mixes. She's still litter-picking en route and the uniform is made from recycled plastic bottles. Oh I do love a happy ending!



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This Week's News

Bunzl announces retirement of Brian May and appointment of Richard Howes as CFO

* Bunzl-CFO.jpgBunzl, the specialist international distribution and services group, has announced that after more than 13 years in the role of group finance director and 25 years with Bunzl, Brian May has decided to retire from the company. He will be succeeded by Richard Howes (pictured) who will join the company on 1st September 2019, initially as CFO designate before joining the Board and assuming the role of chief financial officer on 1st January 2020.

To allow for a successful handover, Brian will step down from the Board on 31st December 2019 and leave the group on 28th February 2020.

RAS expresses appreciation to its former president

* RAS-expresses.jpgAlthough she will still be serving on the Restroom Association Singapore Board Committee, Ms Tan Puay Hoon has stepped down from her role as Honorary RAS President and her colleagues have been lauding her efforts and successes at the helm and for tirelessly fronting many impactful initiatives amidst her tight schedule of managing her own retail consultancy business.

In 2003, she was invited to join RAS as a volunteer by the organisation's founder and newly-appointed advisor Jack Sim, and she had been an active volunteer until four years later, she was elected president. She led initiatives and programmes promoting clean washrooms to the whole community, from young to old. In 2008, she spearheaded and launched the Let's Observe Ourselves (LOO) Campaign, a campaign that targeted toilet owners

NCDC launches 'Turn Nigeria Orange' project to mark 2019 World Hand Hygiene Day

* NCDC-Orange.jpgThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has launched the 'Turn Nigeria Orange' Project to strengthen the culture of hand hygiene & Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) generally in healthcare institutions across the country. This is part of activities to commemorate the 2019 World Hand Hygiene Day in Nigeria.

Every year on the 5th of May, the World Health Organisation, with the collaboration of countries and healthcare facilities all around the world, runs an annual campaign to promote hand hygiene with the slogan: 'Save Lives: Clean your Hands'.

Veltia UK granted Quiet Mark status for V Fusion and F4 Eco hand dryers

* Veltia-Quiet-Mark.jpgVeltia UK's V Fusion and F4 Eco hand drying machines now boast the Quiet Mark, which means that washrooms in which they are installed, will be far less noisy - and safer - environments.

Poppy Szkiler, founder and managing director, Quiet Mark, comments: "Veltia has been awarded a Quiet Mark for its V Fusion and F4 Eco models, which both deliver excellent hand drying functionality while operating at lower noise levels.

IICRC seeking nominations for 2019 Board of Directors

* IICRC-seeking-nominations.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification, which represents more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, is soliciting nominations for four open seats on its Board of Directors to serve a three-year term.

Interested nominees should possess industry knowledge and experience, and be willing to contribute to the mission and ideals of the IICRC. Submissions are due no later than 31st May.

Combatting plastic waste crisis, SC Johnson expands offerings of concentrate products

* SC-Johnson-Windex.jpgAs an early champion of concentrate products nearly a decade ago, SC Johnson is continuing to address the plastic waste crisis by expanding and widening access to its concentrate offerings.

"Plastic waste is becoming a bigger and bigger environmental problem," says Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "We hope more people can give concentrates a try as every single time you use a concentrate bottle you use nearly 80% less plastic waste."

Cold Jet launches new revolutionary dry ice blaster, the PCS

* Cold-Jet.jpgCold Jet says it has reinvented dry ice blasting with the release of the PCS 60, which represents the pinnacle of dry ice blasting technology and will enhance the environmental cleaning and surface preparation experience; setting the standard for dry ice blasting machines for years to come.

"Cold Jet is proud to introduce the PCS 60 to the global marketplace," says Gene Cooke III, president and CEO, Cold Jet. "The machine is the highest performing dry ice blaster available and features many technological advancements that are firsts in our industry. The PCS 60 continues Cold Jet's tradition of leading the way and guiding our industry forward."

New bin tipper improves hygiene and reduces injuries in high-volume foodservice operations

* New-bin-tipper.jpgDesigned for kitchens that produce more than 600lbs of food waste daily, the new SBT-140 safely and efficiently unloads full bins into a biodigester or dumpster.

Powered by a low-pressure hydraulic mechanism that assures worker safety and quiet operation, the stainless-steel bin tipper lifts bins weighing up to 150lbs (70Kg) and deposits the contents into any waste receptacle. Designed for emptying heavy organic waste bins into a dumpster, it can also be paired with high-volume Power Knot LFC-300 or LFC-500 biodigesters, which biologically convert waste food into grey water.

Sani-Marc's acquisition of Alpine Specialty Chemicals is fourth transaction in six months

* Sani-Marc.jpgEstablished 50 years ago, Canadian cleaning and sanitation specialist Sani Marc Group is continuing to grow with its recent acquisition of Ontario-based Alpine Specialty Chemicals - its fourth transaction in less than six months.

Sani Marc manufactures and distributes cleaning and sanitation products for a wide range of customers primarily in the commercial, institutional, industrial, food & beverage and pool & spa maintenance markets. In 2018, the company produced approximately 55 million Kg of sanitation products and fulfilled some 200,000 orders.

Robotic germ zapper helps bring down infectious disease

* Robotic-Germ-Zapper.jpgA germ-zapping robot called LightStrike from Xenex is being used at California Pacific Medical Center hospitals to help curb the spread of infectious diseases.

This mobile robotic device is used in intensive care units, medical surgery units, operating rooms and in rooms where patients suffering from Clostridioides difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other microorganisms, were discharged.

Russell & Bromley awards national cleaning contract to B38 Support Services

* Russell-and-Bromley.jpgB38 Group, which launched its own in-house cleaning division just seven months ago, B38 Support Services, has been awarded a national contract by leading luxury British footwear and handbag retailer Russell & Bromley to cover 38 of its high-street stores across the UK.

The iconic brand has pioneered fashion-led design of shoes and accessories since 1880 and has become one of the UK's best-known quality footwear retailers.

Clearly 'a job for life'... 81-year-old celebrates 67 years in window cleaning!

* job-for-life.jpgDave Denton, who has been cleaning the windows of Bedford businesses since he started assisting his father at 14, has just been honoured at a surprise 81st birthday party attended by some of the 30 businesses he has been servicing for the past 67 years.

The Bedford Independent reports that despite his age, Dave still works seven days a week and is with his first customer by 06:00.

Rubber glove market to grow steadily thanks to rising hygiene and infection control nous

* Rubber-glove-market.jpgThe global rubber glove market is set to grow at an exponential Compound Annual Growth Rate during the forecast period attributed to its increasing demand across several industrial applications.

The improving global economy, along with the growing need for cleanliness and hygiene is driving the market growth.

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Recent UK News

Ecocleen targets growth with new appointments

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Commercial contract cleaning provider Ecocleen, has expanded its business development team to support the continued growth of the company within the UK. Vince Reddick (left) and Jack Lowe (below right) have been appointed as business development managers to take advantage of sales opportunities in London, East Anglia and the South West of England on behalf of Ecocleen's network of regional franchisees.

BICSc unveils membership campaign, inviting members to share what it means to 'be BICSc'

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The British Institute of Cleaning Science is launching a special month-long membership campaign in May, inviting members to share what it means to #BeBICSc alongside several incentives promoting membership uptake amongst the wider cleaning community.

The campaign will encourage current members to share a video or a few words on social media on what BICSc membership means to them using the hashtag #BeBICSc. The first 10 members to take part will receive £50 off their next membership renewal.

Chemicals specialist wins Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade

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Chemicals specialist 2M Holdings - recently crowned Export Champion 2019 by the Department for International Trade - has now been given the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade, in recognition of significant export growth.

Headquartered in the UK, the company has international presence in Benelux, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Scandinavia, and exports to over 90 countries.

Comparison clean-up indicates reduction in littering and benefits of Clean Driver Scheme

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Results from a voluntary clean-up by Cromwell Polythene in its local area to support The Great British Spring Clean 2019, indicate levels of rubbish have decreased significantly compared to last year and that the Clean Driver Scheme is helping.

Principle nominates children's hospice as chosen charity

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Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services
to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has chosen Richard House Children's Hospice as its nominated charity for 2019.

UK's oldest pub adopts newest food waste disposal technology

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Established in the eighth century, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Pub in the City of St Albans, Hertfordshire, was purchased in 2012 by Christo Tafelli. While committed to preserving the pub's history, Christo also endeavoured to create the greenest and most cost-efficient pub in all of England.

Cleaner Havering campaign launched by Council

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Havering Council has launched a new campaign aimed at making the borough cleaner and tidier, together with the help of residents. The Cleaner Havering campaign sees an extra £400,000 invested by the Council into street cleaning.

FSA publishes 'Food and You' wave five survey report

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The Food Standards Agency has published the findings for wave five of the 'Food and You' survey and the majority of respondents (87%) reported having seen the Food hygiene ratings for food businesses sticker.

Deliveroo and Oxwash set to launch plastic container clean & recycle service

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Deliveroo, in partnership with innovative cleantech company Oxwash, will be launching a first-of-its-kind takeaway container cleaning service for customers and restaurants in Oxford and Cambridge this Summer.

2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards soon opens for entries

Once again celebrating the very best the industry has to offer, Kimberly-Clark Professional is proud to open entries for the 2020 Golden Service Awards on 20th May. Cleaning and facilities businesses are invited to submit entries that demonstrate exceptional standards of cleaning excellence.

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

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Public 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.

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

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The 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.

Efficient new bin lorries take to the roads

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Scotland'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.

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

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Coventry 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.

Students help to tackle textile waste with new video

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Some 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'.

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