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International News

IICRC announces its 2022 board of directors and executive committee

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification recently elected its 2021-2024 IICRC board of directors and 2022 executive Committee. Carey Vermeulen, (pictured) is now chairman of the board.

Christie to mass produce CounterAct with Care222, a safer, filtered far-UVC disinfection technology for use around people

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As we prepare for a post-pandemic world where reducing pathogens and viral spread is essential, global visual technology company Christie has announced the mass production of its Christie CounterAct line of commercial UV disinfection products with patented Care222 far-UVC light technology.

Experienced and international sustainability profile to join ISS

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Tracy Nilsson will join ISS as Global Head of Sustainability on 1st January 2022.

With the hire of someone with an experienced international profile who has spent most of her career working with sustainability, ISS is substantially strengthening its contribution to both its clients and society in general.

Cintas offers five essential tips to help businesses protect floors during Winter

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Day-to-day foot traffic can wreak havoc on a facility’s floors, especially during periods of inclement weather when snow, ice, salt and sand can be tracked throughout the building. To help businesses protect floors during the harsh winter months, Cintas Corporation offers five essential tips…

RNG plant manufacturer announces Bristola as US service partner

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German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower has announced the agreement of a service partnership in the US, with Bristola, based centrally in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

RAS awards six-star accreditation to first office washrooms

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The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)'s office washrooms on Levels 18, 19 and 21 at mTower are the first to be awarded the top six-star rating for adopting holistic DFEC - Detect, Feedback, Eliminate and Clean smart washroom solutions.

Christeyns launches sustainable water technology in partnership with Veride

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In a joint venure with Belgian engineering company Veride, hygiene chemical specialist Christeyns has launched HydRO, a new technology to help professional laundries reduce fresh water consumption.

EPA picks ACI as Safer Choice Partner of the Year

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has named the American Cleaning Institute, the trade association of the US cleaning product supply chain, as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ACI was recognised as an outstanding Safer Choice Supporter.

Vitesy is growing: Natede Smart is here

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After three successful crowdfunding campaigns and a consolidated reputation as a technology startup, Italian manufacturer Vitesy has taken a further step to affirm its sustainable identity in the indoor air purification and monitoring market.

Metsä Tissue is planning a significant investment in a tissue mill in the UK

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Finnish paper giant Metsä Tissue is planning a significant investment in a tissue mill in the UK, involving 240,000 tons of tissue paper production capacity, built in several phases during the upcoming decade.

The production would be based on using sustainable fresh fibre pulp, and the first phase of the investment would be ready during 2025 to serve the professional and consumer tissue markets in the UK and Ireland.

Covid-19: Driving toilet hygiene adoption in India

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The Covid-19 outbreak has not only highlighted the chinks in the Indian healthcare ecosystem, but also the importance that often-ignored aspects of life such as toilet hygiene, writes Vikas Bagaria, founder, Pee Safe, in Times of India.

Survey: Covid-era office workers prefer touchless washroom fixtures

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When it comes to washroom breaks, office workers in the US say that touchless washroom fixtures are the number one feature that would make them feel safer when using their workplace washroom - and we daresay that this follows in offices throughout the world.

IICRC announces winners of 2021 Annual Instructors Awards

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Global standards developing organisation and certification body the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification, announced the winners of the 2021 Annual Instructors Awards recently, at a Gatsby-themed Awards Dinner at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The winners were:

CWS International acquires Irish company Service Matters

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CWS International GmbH has announced the acquisition of Service Matters Ltd (SML), an Irish company that specialises in providing products and services to the hygiene, workwear, cleanroom and the facilities management soft services sector.

Hospital-grade microfibre said to eliminate risk of recontamination

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UMF Corporation says its Micrillon microfibre is setting a new standard as the first hospital-grade microfibre that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including towels; cubicle curtains; socks; gloves; walk-off mats; reusable N95 rated face masks, and colour-coded microfibre cleaning products.

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I'm not usually one to support Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, (well, not unless he's lobbing waste thrown from people's cars, back in through the open window as he cycles past, anyway!) but his comments this week about the recycling of plastic not being the answer to the plastic pollution problem certainly deserve support rather than the slating they've had from mainstream media. With the amount of plastics waste that's washing up on the world's shores and polluting our oceans and rivers, we really need to make some changes – and fast. While collecting it for repurposing is making a difference, we need to stop producing the stuff in the first place since unlike other products we recycle, plastics degrade in the process so don’t have an infinite life. If the stuff becomes scarcer and plastics products become more expensive as a result, people might start to take care of what they have, rather than discard and buy new. What’s happened to the age-old art of mending something, or finding another use for it rather than throwing it in the recycling bin?

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I wrote about the Ocean Cleanup project in Cleanzine ages ago (pre-pandemic?) and am delighted to see how well it's operating. Congratulations to all involved! There’s a short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tt88hdVCpo which will show you how it all works and although I felt I was fully aware of the amount of waste polluting our seas, I was horrified at what I saw – and a little ashamed, too. I can’t believe the number of laundry baskets that came out of the net as these have so many uses apart from for laundry. Advertise one on Freebay or Facebook Marketplace and it will become another's treasure – and as someone whose pond is graced with a broken laundry basket, (retrieved from a skip) full of waterlily plants, I know what I’m talking about.

Next week over three days from Tuesday, The Cleaning Show takes place at London’s ExCel. I for one am really looking forward to catching up with industry friends and colleagues again. It’s been a long time coming!



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This Week's News

Deadline extended for entries into top awards

* Deadline-extended.jpgThe deadline for entries for the 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards has been extended - you now have until 12th November to showcase your company's ability to go the extra mile in unprecedented times and support the continual raising of standards across the cleaning and facility management sectors.

The Cleaning Show returns to highlight new cleaning and sanitation practices

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Next week, The Cleaning Show will return to ExCeL, London, to showcase the latest advancements in cleaning practices and technologies through hundreds of suppliers and a first-class conference programme. Organised by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, the three-day event from 2th - 4th November 2021 is set to attract more than 7,000 senior cleaning professionals from across the contract cleaning, facilities management, healthcare, hospitality, retail and public services sectors - making it the UK's largest and most important event in the cleaning & hygiene sector.

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With more than 60 leading cleaning suppliers exhibiting, including returning exhibitors Evans Vanodine, Numatic, ICE, Karcher UK, MITIE, Nilfisk and Killis, attendees will have the opportunity to test and source new and exciting products from these exhibitors, along with companies joining the event for the first time, including Apex Supplies, Team Software and WEPA Professional.

New team forms to support Italy's cleaning industry and public health & safety

Given the persistence of the pandemic, the Cleaning & Services Interassociative Team (TIPS) has been formed to bring together the main associations representing Italy's professional cleaning sector: those representing cleaning and those for the manufacturers and distributors of professional cleaning equipment.

CSSA hosts first ever live Clean Start Event to attract young talent to the industry

* CSSA-Clean-Start.jpgMembers of the Cleaning & Support Services Association attended a live Employers Engagement Day in October to promote the Clean Start initiative for the first time at a live event.

Year 11 pupils from Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, attended the careers event and were able to speak with a number of business and higher education representatives about the options and career paths available to them once they complete their final exams.

Sodexo appoints Philip Leigh as UK & Ireland healthcare CEO

* Sodexo_Philip-Leigh.jpgSodexo has announced the appointment of Philip Leigh as CEO healthcare for the UK and Ireland following the departure of Stuart Winters who has been appointed CEO for Sodexo's healthcare business in the US.

10 tips for successfully scaling your cleaning business

* 10-tips_Chris-Wootton_Poppies.jpgBy Chris Wootton, managing director of Poppies, the domestic cleaning business that is a member of the British Cleaning Council’s Domestic Cleaning Alliance

“Having overcome the challenges of starting your cleaning business, the next challenge is to sustainably grow it beyond its current form. One of the most effective ways to do this is by scaling your operations. But where do you start? And how do you achieve your goal?

Spanish cleaning & hygiene exports increased by 15.35% in the first half of 2021

* Spanish-exports.jpgASFEL, the national association of Spanish cleaning & hygiene product manufacturers, tells us that Spanish exports of cleaning and professional hygiene products increased by 15.35% in the first half of 2021.

Principle wins Crick Award for supporting 'World Class Science'

* Principle-Crick-Award.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has won an award for its outstanding work at the Francis Crick Institute (the Crick), the biomedical research centre in London which is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London, King's College London, the Medical Research Council, University College London and the Wellcome Trust.

The company's housekeeping team received the 'Supports World Class Science' accolade at the third Crick Annual Awards ceremony, which took place on the 14th October. Six categories were awarded from over 170 nominations, as well as five scientific achievement award winners.

Microban International appoints new president and senior directors

* Microban-people.jpgMicroban International, a global leader in antimicrobial additives and odour control solutions, has appointed Michael Ruby as president of the corporation and Graham Harvey as senior director of business development for the Global Built-in business.

Meeting in the GreenZone!

* Prochem-GreenZone.jpgThe latest contractor to take up the offer of bespoke training from Prochem, London-based GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services specialises in commercial and tenancy cleaning, specialist and window cleaning, as well as waste management.

Award-winning, with exceptional sustainability standards at the heart of all it does, the company is also holder of the prestigious HRH The Prince Of Wales Royal Warrant for continued service within The Royal Household.

BSCAI announces new Affinity Partnership with Truvelop

* BSCAI-announces.jpgThe Building Service Contractors Association International has announced a new affinity partnership with Truvelop, the software-as-a-service (SaaS) performance management and development solution that provides an efficient way for BSC staff supervisors to manage employee performance and development while simultaneously improving manager and employee relationships.

"We're excited to collaborate with BSCAI as a new Affinity Partner," says Lisa First-Willis, CEO of Truvelop.

Philadelphia Eagles and Tork launch ‘Tackle Hygiene with Every Catch’ campaign

* Philadelphia-Eagles.jpgTork is teaming up with the Philadelphia Eagles this season to highlight the importance of sustainable hygiene to keep fans and the community safe. As part of the ‘Tackle Hygiene with Every Catch’ campaign, up to $30,000 of Tork hygiene products will be donated to Project HOME.

For every catch the Eagles make for the remainder of the season, Essity will donate Tork essential hygiene items including hand sanitiser, paper roll towels and toilet paper to Project HOME, an organisation that serves to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty and break the cycle of homelessness in Philadelphia.

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Recent UK News

Loo of the Year Awards 2021: New date and venue

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"Unforseen circumstances" mean that the St John's Hotel, Solihull - the regular home of the annual Loo of the Year Awards for many years now, is no longer able to accommodate the Awards this coming December.

Jangro welcomes Wessex Cleaning to its network

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has confirmed a new addition to its membership. Wessex Cleaning Equipment & Janitorial Supplies joins Jangro as the 47th member in its network, which has distributors strategically located all across the country.

Kärcher UK to demonstrate future of cleaning at The Cleaning Show 2021

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Cleaning and maintenance equipment specialist, Kärcher UK, is set to excite The Cleaning Show attendees with its latest range of high-performance professional cleaning machines.

Soapbox: How businesses can fill the gap left by underfunded public toilet facilities

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Matt Anderson, director of Velair, writes...

The British Toilet Association (BTA), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of toilet hygiene, has recently reacted critically to news that Westminster is urging councils to reopen public toilets - but failing to provide the necessary funding.

Ecoserv Group creates dedicated sustainability team

Ecoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, has created a dedicated sustainability team to drive its environmental, social and community goals.

The company is already committed to achieving a net zero impact on climate and is currently working on an ambitious sustainability strategy, which will be launched in the coming months.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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