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Metsä Tissue is planning a significant investment in a tissue mill in the UK
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
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.
IICRC announces winners of 2021 Annual Instructors Awards
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
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
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.
Eoin Foley to head up Phs group’s Irish operations
Washrooms and hygiene specialist Phs has appointed Eoin Foley as managing director to head up its Irish operations. The company has a local presence in every county in the Republic of Ireland and business is growing fast.
Cleaning conference cements commitment to change the sector
At its recent Cleanliness Sector Progress Conference, FEP, (the Federation of Companies for Cleanliness, Hygiene and Associated Services) which represents cleaning companies, social partners and representatives of public and private customers, signed a major commitment to "change a sector that is too often invisible but essential to all."
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We've been broadcasting Cleanzine for almost 20 years and over that time I've made many trips to various local hospitals as well as those in London, accompanying friends and family who've needed support. Naturally I've used these visits to learn as much as I can about the cleaning and I've often shared my findings with you. I recently spent a week in Epsom Hospital myself, having sat around in the emergency department (which also housed a busy 'out of hours' GP surgery) for several hours over every one of the three days/nights prior to admission, awaiting consultations, tests and feedback. When I say 'busy', it was often standing room only and it was in this environment that the cleaning teams had to go about their work.
Whilst waiting to be called for assessment, those bored with scrolling through their phones would look at anything that moved. Hence the focus on cleaner Ecaterina Rus who was so involved in her work that she didn't realise the impressive performance she was staging. Never in all my years have I observed a cleaner working with such gusto and I probably wasn't the only one hoping for similar enthusiasm and precision from everyone involved in whatever healthcare we were about to receive! I asked to see her badge so I could commend her to her managers. Chris Ford, deputy head of site services at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, told me Ecaterina has worked at the hospital for several years. "We're pleased and thankful that one of our cleaning staff has received this recognition, which is testimonial to our values," he said. "We'll definitely be praising Ecaterina for her excellent work".
I'm told that until recently, Mitie held the contract at Epsom so it deserves high praise too for its work in training the cleaning teams now transferred to the Trust under TUPE regulations. Although it was only heresay I understand that everything was brought back in-house as the Trust felt it could improve on the catering side while cutting costs. And I'm not suggesting that this is the case in this particular instance, but I've been musing since, on how many contracts are lost because contractors are sometimes trying to cover too many bases rather than focussing on what they do best, which was the very argument made by those advocating 'contracting out' when the idea was first mooted...
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Soapbox: How businesses can fill the gap left by underfunded public toilet facilities
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.
As the BTA points out, there is evidently a great deal of confusion around this point, as there is "no legal requirement in place to force local authorities to provide or run public toilets" despite ministers' insistence on toilet reopening around the country.
12-year-old schoolboy creates latest Handy Dryer for tomorrow's Global Handwashing Day
A 12-year-old schoolboy has joined forces with hand dryer manufacturer, Handy Dryers, to unveil a new model for Global Handwashing Day 2021.
Zach Cosham (picturd below), a budding engineer from Hove, East Sussex, approached Handy Dryers two months ago with an idea for a new hand dryer called the 'Zebrillo'. His design would deliver an effective dry, minimise noise levels and promote healthy hand hygiene to young people during the pandemic.
BICSs Annual Awards… a roaring success!
The exceptional efforts of leading lights from the professional cleaning industry were in the spotlight at the recent British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards, which recognise industry excellence.
Renowned as one of the largest, most influential networking events in the UK cleaning industry's calendar, the glittering, star-studded event, hosted by TV personality Reverend Richard Coles with guest voice overs provided by TV actor, comedian, and impressionist Terry Mynott, was a roaring success.
Dawsongroup sweepers secures largest Scottish sweeper contract
Dawsongroup sweepers, one of the UK's leading rental suppliers of industrial and municipal cleaning vehicles, has secured the largest sweeper contract available in Scotland.
Glasgow Council has awarded Dawsongroup sweepers with a contract to provide compact sweepers to the Scottish authority.
RAS awards six-star accreditation to first office washrooms
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.
The facilities have met the Restroom Association of Singapore's excellent service and cleanliness requirements, and all the cleaning attendants were certified with the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications in washroom cleaning.
New surface and air sanitisers ideal for post-Covid era
A thriving hygiene company which recently celebrated achieving £5 million-worth of sales in its first year has unveiled a range of surface and air sanitisers ideally suited to the post-Covid era.
The products launched by Bothongo Hygiene Solutions UK have been tested to the most stringent EN Standards and are designed for use in many sectors including front of house areas in restaurants, bars and hotels as well as offices and education establishments.
The range includes:
Christeyns launches sustainable water technology in partnership with Veride
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.
With growing awareness and responsibility around water use and water quality and stricter effluent regulations coming into force in several European countries, water and wastewater management practices are of the upmost importance in the commerical laundry sector.
Vitesy is growing: Natede Smart is here
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.
Its new Natede Smart is the technological and sustainable evolution of its previous product Natede: a smart air purifier that increases the purification power of plants thanks to a special patented system and powerful nanomaterials.
TVH and Sinoboom BV sign partnership agreement
On day two of crane, access and telehandler event Vertikal Days, parts specialist TVH signed a partnership agreement with Sinoboom BV, European subsidiary of China-based manufacturer of mobile elevating work platform solutions Sinoboom.
The partnership, which will launch in the Autumn, was signed by Kristof Bolle, senior VP EMEA for TVH, and Tim Whiteman, CEO of Sinoboom BV.
Kingdom Cleaning secures string of new business wins
Cleaning and soft services provider, Kingdom Cleaning, has secured a number of new business wins in recent months. The professional cleaning business, which acquired Facilicom UK in May 2021, has welcomed three new clients in the past few months.
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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.
SOAPBOX: Benefits not visas will tackle staff shortages
In the wake of the Government's announcement that it won't set-up temporary visas for other sectors as it has for HGV drivers and poultry workers, new advice from employee benefits business HIVE360 says businesses can quickly, easily and cheaply offer more to workers to tackle staff shortages, says David McCormack, CEO of HIVE360, a GLAA (Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority) license holder...
MCS Cleaning wins major cleaning contract with The Curve Theatre in Leicester
MCS Cleaning has this week announced that it has been successful in its bid to provide commercial cleaning services to the unusually-designed, 902-seater Curve Theatre in the heart of Leicester's vibrant Cultural Quarter, helping this popular arts venue to safely welcome visitors back for theatrical and musical events and workshops.
UK laundry trade sector suffers from staff shortages and service delays - but there is an answer
It was widely reported that the laundry trade across the UK is suffering from staff shortages and logistics nightmares, with supply chains and hotels struggling to keep up with demand for basic requirements of clean bed sheets & linen despite the Summer holiday season having ended. Some hotels have reported being forced to delay guest check-ins, while one manager confessed to having taken the laundry home to do.
‘Matrix Top Distributor 2019 and 2020’: B & G Cleaning Systems
British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix took the opportunity to present awards to its top distributor, in recognition of sales achieved. Ian Hodgkinson, Martin Reece and Kerrie Leigh of B & G Cleaning Systems are pictured receiving their trophies from sales director Mike Osiadacz.
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I read with interest Dominic Ponniah's piece on the race to the bottom (www.thecleanzine.com).
Whilst his comments are all very valid those of us that have been around as long as I have know it to be a well-worn path. It is up to our industry to drive change, but we have to be more aggressive and creative in delivering change.
Worshipful Company recognises first Chartered Practitioners
Officers of The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners have led by example, as the first to receive the Award of Chartered Practitioner in Environmental Cleaning. They are the pathfinders making way for others in the UK cleaning industry, who will be able to apply to the Chartered Practitioner's Register after its official launch at the Cleaning Show in November 2021.
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