Essity to acquire Australian hygiene company Asaleo Care
Following December's announcement, Essity has now agreed with hygiene company Asaleo Care, which began life 1n 1932 as the British Australian Paper Company, to acquire the remaining 63.8% of its shares. Essity currently holds 36.2% of the shares.
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It was apt that the Loo of the Year Awards launched this week, when ‘wild toileting’ was covered in the Guardian newspaper. Wild toileting has become a growing movement during the pandemic – and it doesn’t surprise me one bit.
It’s only been a year but seems like a lifetime ago that I was chatting to the British Toilet Association’s Raymond Martin about the impact the pandemic would have on public toilet provision. As Ray told me what was needed to keep toilets open whilst also making them safe, I wondered how those responsible would find the labour and budget required. As a long-term complainant about the damage – often deliberate – people can inflict on our away-from-home facilities, my feeling was that service providers were on a hiding to nothing. I expected most facilities to shut down – and indeed many did, making it impossible for the public to comfortably enjoy what little outside entertainment they were allowed to have. Hence the rise of wild toileting, (which, in case you’re wondering, could be referred to as a natural aftermath of al fresco dining). But while dining out in the open is unlikely to offend anyone, urinating and defecating behind a bush or the like, most certainly will - and it’s a health hazard too. So what do we do?
I’ve long been a fan of the compost loo and feel that now is the time for those who should be providing public toilets to get digging and woodworking. Most of us have become used to carrying hand sanitiser around and I’m assuming that those taking exercise (and sometimes more!) in public spaces are also carrying their own toilet tissue. These very basic of toilets don’t require water and are easy for users to keep clean themselves. All that really needs be supplied is a huge box of wood shavings and some scoops so people can sprinkle the shavings down the hole to keep flies and smells at bay, and a bin for non-disposable products. I’ve been using these compost loos on and off for years and know just how good they are. The waste can even be used as fertiliser and more (but more of that another time)!
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This Week's News
New dates for this year's Cleaning Show announced
This year's Cleaning Show has been moved to 2nd, 3rd and 4th November following the Prime Minister recently setting out the 'road map' for the UK Coronavirus lockdown easing.
The 2021 edition of the nation's premier cleaning & hygiene event will take place at London's Excel as previously planned.
Display evidence of your company's standards
The cleanliness, maintenance and management of washrooms has never been more important than now, during the Covid-19 epidemic.
When customers and staff need to satisfy a basic human need - using the loo - they need to know the washrooms they use meet their needs, and importantly they should not use washroom facilities in premises that do not.
Is Purelight the future of infection control?
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are now looking to new technology to stop the spread of infection in the ongoing battle against Covid-19. Unlike conventional cleaning this method uses an entirely hands-free approach and is delivered through beams of UV light.
ISS and Barclays extend successful global facilities partnership
ISS has agreed with Barclays to extend their eight-year partnership whereby ISS delivers Integrated Facility and Workplace Services across the Barclays portfolio in more than 30 countries until 2025.
ISS has worked with Barclays since 2012, providing an integrated Facility Services solution in UK & Ireland, Europe, the Americas, Middle East, India and Asia Pacific, and the next phase of the contract is designed to create tangible value for the Bank, its global workforce and for ISS.
Performance Food Group and WestRock launch sustainability initiative
Performance Food Group, (PFG), and pizza box manufacturer, WestRock, are working together to deliver Sustainable Choices - a pizza box recycling educational program - to pizza box customers, and pizza consumers across the US.
The foundation of this project is a WestRock study, which was reviewed and endorsed by members of the American Forest & Paper Association. The study was designed to determine whether grease or cheese contamination levels typically associated with pizza boxes, impact the finished product quality of the corrugated cardboard.
Apprenticeship schemes flourish at phs
More than 150 people have signed up to boost their skills as part of the apprenticeship programmes offered by facilities services provider phs Group.
The apprenticeship programmes are designed to nurture talent, upskill individuals within the company and boost career progression. Over 120 employees have enrolled in a phs apprenticeship over the last 12 months, with 30 more already scheduled to start in 2021.
NSS reports continued growth and bolsters senior team
Specialist services provider NSS, has reported a 20% increase in revenues following a series of significant contract wins across the facilities management, retail, industrial and ecommerce sectors.
On the back of this growth, NSS has named Malcolm Fyall as group operations director - a newly created role - with immediate effect and Mark Seager will replace Malcolm as operations director of the cleaning division.
Clenetix partners with Airthings for Business to improve indoor air quality
Cleaning software specialist, Clenetix, has partnered with Airthings for Business, a global company that provides digital technology to improve indoor air quality.
With this new integration, Clenetix users can access live air quality data about virus risk, CO2, temperature, humidity, airborne chemicals, radon, light, occupancy, mould risk and air pressure levels.
New waste management system aids safety and recycling at international packaging company
A new racksack system from Beaverswood is improving the collection and segregation of waste at the UK and Ireland's largest independent suppliers of industrial packaging and food service products.
Zeus Packaging (UK), a specialist in distribution and manufacturing - supplying a diverse range of products to a wide range of markets both globally and in the UK, recently invested in 50 new hard-wearing racksacks at its 97,000sq.ft headquarters in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.
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