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International News

Origo2 from Vileda wins 'Pulire 2019 Product of the Year'

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The Pulire organisers created the new Product of the Year award to recognise the research of professional cleaning industry companies as well as market response to their products. Toni D'Andrea, Paul Goldin, Michel de Bruin, Tibor Ritz, Virna Re and Cássia Almeida sat on the international judging panel.

Endless opportunities hiding amidst ageing infrastructure to fuel portable pressure washer market

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The global portable pressure washer market is a bustling avenue expected to grow with new opportunities, with the ageing infrastructure in major countries like the US and new infrastructures in growing ecomomies likely to open new prospects, as well as a growing demand from the automotive cleaning market, according to a new report.

Total cleaning & laundry solutions for Indonesia - a growing market

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Indonesia is showing a steady growth in the cleaning and laundry market, driven by the rising number of commercial and residential properties, healthcare facilities and hospitality facilities, and the development of more automation, more innovative products and solutions which are effective and efficient.

Waxie mourns loss of longtime employee, Jim Fischer

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Waxie Sanitary Supply says it is with a heavy heart that it announces the loss of longtime employee and vice president business development, Jim Fischer, who passed away suddenly in Scottsdale, AZ, US on 13th May.

Brightwell Dispensers acquired by SEKO Group

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Brightwell Dispensers, one of the UK's premier manufacturers of soap and paper dispensers, issued a statement last Thursday (featured on our Facebook page) through which it was pleased to announce that it was acquired by Seko S.p.A. (Seko) on 30th April.

Seko, founded in 1976 and based in Rieti, Italy, is a global leader in chemical dosing and control technology, with 22 subsidiaries and a network of partner distributors worldwide.

Brightwell Dispensers will continue to operate under its own name as a separate entity to Seko, retaining its existing R&D, sales, marketing and administration functions while continuing its long-term growth strategy.


OptiSolve germ report on hotels reveals which surfaces have the most germs in a hotel

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We all know how dirty hotel rooms can be, but where are the worst places for germs? This week at the Canadian Sustainability Conference in Toronto, the OptiSolve Germ Report team and host, Jason Tetro, unleashed the powers of their Pathfinder technology to 'make the invisible visible' in hotel rooms.

CMS Berlin 2019: expanded show space and highly anticipated 'Cleaning Summit'

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The eagerly-anticipated CMS 2019 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. is turning out to be something of a success... A high level of demand by exhibitors from Germany and abroad, has meant that the space allocated for stands has had to be expanded - and, for the first time, the show will host the CMS World Summit 2019. Its main theme - 'Inject Innovation'- is attracting leading decision-makers from every continent.

Exemplifying the 'American Dream', 73-year-old crowned 2019 School Custodian of the Year

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And the winner of the 2019 Custodian of the Year contest is... Aristeo Flores! With over 278,600 votes, Cintas Corporation yesterday crowned Aristeo Flores of Scotts Valley, (California) Middle School the 2019 Custodian of the Year. Aristeo will receive a $5,000 cash prize and his school will also receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

Vectair Systems supports environmental RSPO initiative to minimise effects of palm oil industry

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The recent documentary (aired on the BBC), 'Climate Change: The Facts', told how the soaring demand for palm oil was leading to large scale deforestation with large areas of rainforest being torn down and replaced with palm oil plantations. It also explored the effects that palm oil sourcing is having on the orangutan population, as well as other breeds of animal.

IEHA partners with UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality

IEHA, a Division of ISSA, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality (HCOH) have agreed to partner on research to assist hotel housekeepers.

The organisations will work together to further shared goals of research-driven education for directors of housekeeping in hotels, casinos, cruise ships and similar venues worldwide.

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

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Bunzl, 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.

RAS expresses appreciation to its former president

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Although 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.

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

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The 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.

IICRC seeking nominations for 2019 Board of Directors

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The 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.

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

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As 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.

Cold Jet launches new revolutionary dry ice blaster, the PCS

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Cold 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.

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

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Designed 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.

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I was talking to a woman at the weekend about recycling and she said that since everything we use comes from the earth, we should really be able to safely return it to the earth - albeit perhaps in a different form. She feels we should be thinking differently about the way we might be damaging the planet and I agreed that she has a point. We both felt that it's the way we so carelessly discard things we've used that's causing many of the problems.

We went on to discuss the many products made from recycled plastics and she proudly told me about her new blankets. She was dismayed when I told her about the fibres leaching into the washing machine - and thus our waterways - during the laundry process, so she won't be buying more!

She was interested in learning about my loft insulation which is still going strong several years after installation. If you missed the leader in which I wrote about it, the product - made from 100% recycled plastic bottles - cost roughly the same as conventional insulation yet has a higher thermal value and doesn't require the use of goggles or protective clothing and gloves during fitting.

* LEADER-PIC-30th-May2019.jpgSunglasses made from recycled materials that come with a lifetime warranty were new to me and when they're funded by a Kickstarter campaign that reaches its target within 24-hours, you know the manufacturer is onto something good.

Avalon sunglasses are produced in ISO9000, ISO14000 and SEDEX-certified factories from high-quality recycled materials. The frames are of Italian recycled polycarbonate - an ultra-lightweight material that's tough but flexible and which resists impact and high temperatures. The scratch-resistant lenses, produced from German TAC, are polarized category-3 UV400. But it's not just the product that's so eco-friendly - all the packaging and cleaning cloths are made from recycled materials too, in a low-energy process.

And now comes the really good bit... For every backer in the Kickstarter campaign, Avalon collects one Kilo of plastic from the ocean and for each pair of sunglasses produced, it will be recycling one plastic bottle. The glasses come in four styles and four colourways and you can see them at:


And when you consider all the plastics we thought we'd seen the last of, coming back to us from Malaysia, we'd do well to find more ways of making something useful from the stuff!



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This Week's News

X marks the spot!

* X-marks-the-spot.jpgWe understand that the client originally enquired after oscillation... "And whilst we are big fans of this technology," says Factory Cat, "It's not the best idea in a busy workshop!"

Factory Cat's Micro-HD floor scrubber dryer simultaneously scrubs and sweeps, which means the job gets done more quickly. Any debris, nuts and bolts etc. (hopefully not too many of those left over from a car service!) are automatically deposited into a removable hopper for ease of disposal and drain blockages on site are minimised due to the automatic separation of solids from liquids.

CMS Berlin 2019: Hotels and catering form important target group

* CMS-Berlin-2019.jpgThe organisers of CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning. Management.Services. say that one of the show's main target groups is decision-makers responsible for cleaning in the hotel and catering sector, since there are few industries that place such an emphasis on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene for ensuring personal wellbeing.

The CMS Practical Forum on 25th September is specifically aimed that these industry representatives.

Programme to end open defecation in Jharkhand ends up transforming gender roles

* Programme-end-open-defecation.jpgThe Indian state of Jharkhand is one of the areas where misconceptions about menstruation are widespread, with young women banned from socialising with friends, from cooking, playing sports, going to school, sleeping on beds or going outside at all.

In many parts of India, this is a reality for girls when they're on their period. There is a common belief that the blood released during menstruation is impure, and everyday activities are restricted as a result. The taboo of menstruation also means that many girls aren't learning about their periods or menstrual hygiene at home or in school.

Ecocleen selects Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity

* Ecocleen-Keep-Britain-Tidy.jpgEcocleen has selected Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity for the next 12 months. The company, a leading commercial contract cleaning provider, will raise awareness of the charity's campaign to reduce litter, improve local places and prevent waste as well as raise more than £5,000.

"Ecocleen is passionate about the environment, so we share common goals and objectives with Keep Britain Tidy when it comes to creating a cleaner, greener country," comments Jean-Henri Beukes, managing director of Ecocleen. "As an eco-engaged business with a green heritage, we are acutely aware of our responsibility to operate in a sustainable manner."

Soapbox: single use plastics

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"UK supermarkets and the Government are raising the stakes when it comes to removing single-use plastic.

New study finds the germiest places in cars aren't where people think

* Clorox-total-360.jpgDrivers assume that the germiest places in their cars are the places they touch most, but it's the places that go unnoticed that need the most attention, according to a recent consumer survey and car swab test conducted by CloroxPro.

The studies also found that even though having a clean, sanitised car makes drivers feel better, they don't realise how having a germy car might affect their health.

GumBusters: Who you gonna call?

* ODC-Pulire.jpgThe Pulire exhibition in Verona is renowned for showcasing the latest technologies in all fields of environment management and cleaning technology, so it comes as no surprise that the innovative cordless gum removal technology from OspreyDeepclean was so well received there recently.

Visitors to the stand were especially enthusiastic about the use of a renewable power source to operate the already environmentally friendly dry steam-cleaning units in the GumBusters range.

Jungheinrich and Riwal Agree to cooperate internationally

* Jungheinrich-Riwal.jpgJungheinrich, the international intralogistics provider, and Riwal, the international aerial work platform and telehandler rental specialist will work together in the future on an international scale to rent their equipment.

Jungheinrich will use Riwal aerial work platforms for logistics centers, while Riwal will be able to offer Jungheinrich forklifts to customers in other segments.

Addressing Plastics at CHSA Conference: an update

* Addressing-Plastics-CHSA.jpgWe have further news on the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's conference taking place on Thursday 13th June, which we featured earlier this month...

Hearing from waste management experts spanning collection to recycling, delegates to the forthcoming CHSA conference taking place at the National Space Centre, Leicester, will gain the insight and understanding they need to address the challenge of plastic in their businesses. They will also get an update on the legislative environment and, via a case study, learn about a waste management strategy in action.

But how does that benefit the customer?

* Segura.jpgService providers need to know the difference between a feature of their service and a benefit, argues Ron Segura, founder and president of Segura & Associates, a consulting company working with contract service providers in cleaning, landscaping, and other industries...

"When service providers respond to a request for a proposal and are not selected, very often they believe it is because of price. The customer, they believe, always selects the low bidder.

Bluewater management impressed with Incentive FM's work

* Bluewater.jpgThe management team of Bluewater, Europe's leading retail and leisure destination, has been so impressed with Incentive FM's operational delivery and strategic management over the past three years, that it has awarded the independent facilities management company, a new five-year contract.

Under the terms of the contract, Incentive FM is continuing to deliver a full portfolio of security, cleaning, M&E, concierge, landscaping, management and administration services at the 240-acre Bluewater site.

City Corporation clamps down on dishonest restaurants

* London-City.jpgThe City of London Corporation is clamping down on dishonest restaurants that display inaccurate food hygiene ratings in their windows. Recent spot checks by the City Corporation's Trading Standards officers found that out of 140 food premises visited, 22 of them (16%) were displaying a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker higher than they were entitled to.

Trading Standards subsequently visited the offending premises and oversaw the removal of the inaccurate stickers. Each visit was followed up with a written warning to the food business, reminding them of their legal obligations to ensure that consumers were not being misled.

Greyland sponsors 9 Peaks Challenge in aid of 4 charities

* Greyland-sponsor.jpgAt over 4,000 feet each, the combined heights of the nine peaks is actually higher than Everest, the world's highest mountain!

However you add it up, it's still 10 out of 10 for climbers Martin Wardroper, Chris Wright and their main sponsors, which includes cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland. Greyland's MD Richard Dyson (right) is here seen wishing Greenham Trading's Head of Corporate Accounts Martin Wardroper (left) well on his hectic trek in the Scottish Mountains.

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Education and Certification Business Development Manager

 An opportunity has arisen for an Education and Certification Business Development Manager to join ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, to manage and further develop a range of educational activities and to roll out our Certification programme (CIMS), in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

This exciting position requires a highly motivated industry professional who can demonstrate a consultative sales approach to business and is able to demonstrate a successful track record within the FM and Cleaning Sectors. 

The successful candidate will be instrumental in establishing the Cleaning Industry Management Standard Certification programme in UK and Ireland as the go-to accreditation for Cleaning Contractors and in-house Cleaning Services providers and in driving revenue growth.

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Recent UK News

Cromwell Polythene's new business development manager takes over from retiree

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Family run business, Cromwell Polythene, which supplies a range of polythene and compostable products to aid recycling and waste management, has promoted Alex Lee to the position of business development manager. He takes over from Richard Rowling, a valued member of the team for over 10 years, who is now retiring.

Host UK t/a Host von Schrader to cease trading: PRESS STATEMENT

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It is with great sadness that we, the Directors of Host UK t/a Host von Schrader, have to announce the closure of the business.

Salisbury City Council, Idverde and East Hampshire District Council celebrate award for cleanest city

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Salisbury City Council welcomed street cleaning contractor Idverde and East Hampshire District Council, who provide environmental enforcement services, to the Guildhall last week, to celebrate Salisbury being one of the cleanest cities in the UK.

BSC's report makes case for urgent action on impact of air pollution on outdoor workers

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The British Safety Council has launched a report 'Impact of air pollution on the health of outdoor workers' which provides compelling evidence to recognise ambient air pollution as an occupational health hazard in Britain. In the report, the charity presents the demands that spearhead its campaign to limit the dangers of air pollution to the health of outdoor workers, such as street cleaners and refuse workers.

Green Hills Cleaning wins £5000 of Nilfisk cleaning equipment

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Wiltshire based Green Hills Cleaning - a member of both the Domestic Cleaning Alliance and the National Carpet Cleaners Association, has won Nilfisk's' Cleaning Cupboard of equipment worth £5000.00. The cleaning equipment haul is all battery operated, comprising the VP600 tub vacuum, the GD5 battery backpack, the SC250 micro scrubber and the larger pedestrian scrubber dryer, the SC400.

OBITUARY - Ron Tilley

Prochem Europe regrets to announce the passing of its founder and chairman, Ron Tilley, at the age of 88 years.

A man of abundant charisma and wit, blessed with the capacity to engage all about him while putting them at their ease, Ron built a highly successful career in the cleaning sector and with it, a company that was to go on to become one of the most innovative solutions developers and a leading light in the training of the cleaning professional (a job designation that did not exist when he entered the business in the late 1950s).

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

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Veltia 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.

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19-22nd September 2023
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18-20th October 2023
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7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

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8-10th November 2023


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13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


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13-14th March 2024

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