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Smarter, dynamic cleaning using IoT and process management apps

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By Konnor Baskaran, FM Lead at mpro5

“Facilities management continues to evolve with emerging workflow and process automation software and innovations in Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and cameras digitising the sector. 

Cintas launches search for 2024 America's Best Restroom

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Cintas Corporation is seeking the public's help in identifying deserving candidates for the 2024 America's Best Restroom contest. The initiative celebrates businesses that develop and maintain outstanding washroom facilities. Anyone can submit a nomination now through June 14th.

Karcher opens regional distribution centre at Tatu City, Kenya

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Karcher has announced an approximate €3 million investment in the Kenyan market.

The move was made to develop the business into a full subsidiary, which includes a regional distribution centre at Freight Forwarders Solutions (FFS) in Tatu City, the 5,000-acre mixed-use Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Nairobi's doorstep, positioning Kenya as a hub for East Africa.

Essity completes divestment of its shares in Vinda

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Essity has completed the divestment of its entire holding of 51.59% of shares in the Asian hygiene company Vinda International Holdings for HKD 23.50 per share. The sales proceeds amounted to HKD 14.6bn (approximately SEK 19bn).

RinseKit unveils groundbreaking US Truck Stop Shower Map to support truckers nationwide

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In a significant step towards enhancing road hygiene and convenience for truckers, RinseKit, the portable pressurised shower company, has launched an online resource that maps out shower facilities at truck stops across the US.

Environmentally-friendly treatments and processes ensure deep pavement and track cleaning with full recovery

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Cyclone Technology, known globally for its high-pressure, hot water, full-recovery cleaning equipment for hard surfaces, has announced the official debut of an innovative line of eco-friendly cleaning treatments, as well as the introduction of Sports Surface Cleaning solutions.

Evonik’s pioneering, industrial-scale biosurfactant plant in Slovakia now operational

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Evonik’s pioneering, industrial-scale biosurfactant plant in Slovakia is now operational. Less than two years from construction contract award to McDermott International, Evonik has achieved initial production of Rhamnolipids - a bacterial surfactant with the potential to fundamentally transform cleaning products and significantly reduce their environmental impact.

Terminix named official pest control partner of United Soccer League

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Terminix, a Rentokil Terminix company, has scored a multi-year partnership with the North America’s United Soccer League (USL), reinforcing its commitment to supporting communities and protecting what matters most, consumers and sports fans alike, whether in the stadium or in the home.

Textile industry urged to 'step up and do the right thing' with toxic forever chemicals

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The textile industry has been accused of 'shirking its moral responsibilities' by not tackling the toxic 'forever chemicals' still used in garment manufacture around the world.

'Taylor-made'... Mark IV Continental Container Revealed

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Drawing upon its heritage, waste management solution provider Taylor, part of the Impact Environmental Group, has bolstered its popular range with the launch of the new and improved Continental Mark IV container.

More than 60 Spanish and Portuguese companies to exhibit at Interclean 2024

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More than 60 Spanish and Portuguese companies, under the coordination of ASFEL - the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, are participating in Interclean 2024.

Your hand hygiene compliance challenges, solved

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Unlike some other electronic hand hygiene solutions, BioVigil provides a gentle reminder sequence on a user-worn badge to wash your hands.

The combination of these reminders, plus the awareness feature of a green, yellow, and red light, have proven to significantly increase hand hygiene compliance and inspired confidence amongst patients in healthcare environments.

Biomass boiler No. 2 for Sofidel in French Frouard plant

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Italian-based tissue manufacturer Sofidel Group has announced plans to construct its second biomass boiler at the Frouard plant in France. Construction will begin in the Autumn, with commissioning scheduled for 2025.


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In last week’s Leader ( https://thecleanzine.com/pages/22426/leader/ ), I argued the case for us to be proactive rather than reactive to the problems of litter and bulk illegal waste dumping, highlighting the differences between the way money was spent in two parts of the US, and how this impacted on the amount of litter that ends up being dumped in those localities. 
Amongst the many interesting responses that came in, was an email from another reader ‘with some compelling questions from across the pond’, (as he put it) who wished to play devil’s advocate. He stated: “The 8% spend on the prevention of litter in Philadelphia did not happen by accident. It is a choice that has been made over the years to reach this low level.” He went on to say: “If this is true, then what does that say about the priority of litter prevention for the folks who enabled this low percentage to be allocated? I propose that the cause of the excess litter in Philly is simply that the majority don’t care about how their surroundings look. Yes, some do care, such as the author of the article you drew our attention to, along with the Mayor and I’m sure many others. But the majority likely doesn’t care as much, at least not enough to change their own habits to enable a better environment. Pittsburgh cares more, leading to a higher percentage dedicated to prevention, and actual better conditions. No matter how much money is allocated, if a significant percentage of the population doesn’t care, the area will still be littered. Is there a poll of the entire population providing an indication of what percent do care, enough to change their own habits if they are also offenders? Food for thought…” 
One of my arguments has always been that we need to make it as easy as possible for members of the general public to deal with their own litter responsibly. That means plenty of litter/recycling bins for us to use – and which are emptied often and not left to overflow, good refuse collection services and fully accessible civic amenity tips that are free-of-charge and open to the general public for long hours 7-days/week. Without this, I feel we’re on a hiding to nothing. I know this costs money, but when one considers the blight of litter on our environment, the safety issues involved and the costs to clean it up, surely that’s money well spent? 
What do you think?




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This Week's News

ETS campaign charts research into hand drying over 15+ years

* ETS-hand-drying.jpgThe European Tissue Symposium is mounting a campaign to highlight the evolution of scientific research into hand drying over more than 15 years.

Hand drying discovery roadmap - A 15-year story, charts the numerous pieces of research undertaken into the merits of different hand drying methods and their implications for hygiene and cleanliness in the washroom and beyond.

Industry trends independent distributors should know about

* Five-Industry-Trends.jpgThe distribution industry is a vital link between manufacturers, retailers and consumers worldwide and is a cornerstone of the global economy and a sector witnessing robust growth.

In the US for example the Business Research Group estimates its value at nearly $49 billion, a figure projected to surpass $61 billion by 2027.

Healthcare Cleaning Forum: 2024 programme announced

* Interclean-Healthcare-Cleaning-Forum.jpgOn 16th May 2024, Interclean's Healthcare Cleaning Forum will once again open its doors to healthcare cleaning enthusiasts from far and wide. With a packed programme aimed at cleaning professionals, healthcare experts, hospital managers, infection prevention specialists, facilities managers and industry leaders - this much anticipated event is a highlight on the professional cleaning industry calendar.

Running alongside Interclean Amsterdam, the world's leading trade fair for cleaning & hygiene professionals, the Forum explores the latest trends and challenges affecting environmental hygiene and disinfection in healthcare institutions.

UMF|PerfectClean National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award winner

* UMF-2023-National-Hygiene-Specialist.jpgMaria Diaz De Leon, Sodexo hygiene specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital, has earned UMF|PerfectClean’s 15th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

Maria was nominated by Jason Solley, senior area general manager - Environmental Services (EVS), at Phoenix Children's Hospital, for her exemplary work as night shift EVS supervisor.

Impact Environmental Group hosts transatlantic training event

* Impact-Environmental-Group.jpgEuropean waste and recycling solutions business IEG EMEA, a division of the global Impact Environmental Group with operations situated strategically across the US and the UK, is celebrating the success of its first US/UK training symposium, designed to share best practice and key insights amongst the rapidly growing firm.

The three-day event held at the head office of one of IEG's trading brands, Capital Compactors and Balers in Barnsley, brought together senior personnel from across the group, including Joe Stodola, IEG's chief operating officer, and Liz Roth, group marketing director, who travelled across from Illinois, US, to attend the landmark occasion.

Sellars adds new product to Toolbox WaterWeave Series

* Sellars-TOOLBOX.jpgSellars Absorbent Materials, a Milwaukee, US-based manufacturer of wipes, absorbents and towel and tissue products, is extending its Toolbox WaterWeave line with the addition of its multipurpose T500 wiper. The light-duty T500 is a solvent resistant and contaminant-free wiper that combines strength, durability and absorbency and can be used for a variety of applications.

The versatile T500 can clean equipment and handle maintenance and repair jobs. The hydro-entangled substrate retains its strength, even when wet, so it can also be used on rough surfaces when wet or dry.

Meet Koala Kare's innovative KB300 series of baby changing stations

* Koala-Kare.jpgAs a globally recognised brand of baby changing stations, Koala Kare has helped architects create welcoming spaces in washrooms for more than 35 years.

Now, with its new KB300 platform of baby changing stations, Koala Kare is setting the standard once again by seamlessly blending modern aesthetics, functionality and safety to perfectly complement your design intentions and meet compliance standards.

Churchill Group wins dual service contract with Heathway Shopping Centre

* Churchill-Heathway.jpgChurchill Group has secured a three-year contract with Heathway Shopping Centre in Dagenham. The contract includes cleaning and security services delivered through Amulet and commenced at the start of the year.

Heathway Shopping Centre is a cornerstone of the local community and caters to approximately two million visitors annually. The centre plays a pivotal role in the area's vitality and hosts renowned brands such as Boots, Specsavers, JD Sports, Shoe Zone and Savers. It is also a key part of a wider £10 million project by Barking & Dagenham Council to redevelop the area.

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Recent UK News

CSSA to host free GDPR seminar in Manchester this month

The Cleaning & Support Services Association is hosting a free ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ seminar at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester’s Oxford Street, on Wednesday 24th April, from 09:30 - 14:00.

UK apprentices to benefit from Mitie investment

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Mitie has passed the £2 million milestone for its Apprenticeship Levy gifting pledges, which has enabled over 30 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and local community services across the UK to fund apprenticeship schemes for future talent.

Ineos fined after employee seriously injured

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Ineos has been fined £400,000 after an employee was seriously injured while carrying out a routine task at its chemicals site in Grangemouth, Scotland, in November 2019.

Great British Spring Clean Awards: Could you be a winner?

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Every year in Spring, an army of LitterHeroes takes to our streets, parks, beaches, school playgrounds (and more!) to protect our environment from litter, as part of the Great British Spring Clean. This year, as organiser Keep Britain Tidy celebrates its 70th anniversary, some special awards are up for grabs by those who took part.

Sodexo extends stay in Royal Stoke and Haywood hospitals for 10 more years

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Sodexo Health & Care has reinforced its long-standing relationship with the Royal Stoke University Hospital (RSUH), part of the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) and Haywood Hospital, part of the wider Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).

Manchester Cleaning Show: biggest and best-attended yet!

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The Manchester Cleaning Show celebrated its biggest and best-attended event last week, with a record-breaking 85 exhibitors and 2,558 attendees participating in the two-day event. They came from all over the world, including North America, South Africa, China, UAE and Australia.

Legislation lethargy looms as volume and intensity of sustainability reporting increases

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An interesting new survey from Mitie has found that UK organisations are feeling overwhelmed by the strain of sustainability reporting, with legislation lethargy on the rise as they tackle the labyrinth of new and existing reporting legislation.

Sort border to prevent supply chain breakdown

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Easter weekend marks the traditional start of the UK's exodus to Continental Europe, with coachloads of schoolchildren and carloads of families taking skiing holidays and Spring breaks.

Veolia starts UK's first safe treatment for nitrous oxide canisters

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Veolia has started the first UK process lines for the safe treatment of nitrous oxide canisters. The innovative new systems are designed to treat and recycle the used canisters, and stop the greenhouse gas impact caused through discharge of the gas which has nearly 300 times the warming power of carbon dioxide.

Cleanology CEO elected co-chair of Living Wage leadership group

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Dominic Ponniah, CEO and co-founder of award-winning commercial cleaning firm Cleanology, has been elected co-chair of the Living Wage Foundation's Recognised Service Provider Leadership Group.

More than a Safe pair of hands...

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A team from SafeGroup Services, one of the UK's leading providers of specialist cleaning services, attended Prochem's Training Academy in Surrey to enhance the team members’ skills on a one-day hard-floor cleaning and maintenance session designed specifically to meet the members’ needs.

Events & Exhibitions

Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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