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International News

Cleaning gadget beats bacteria on shopping trolley handles

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A 2011 study by the University of Arizona, found that 73% of shopping trolleys tested positive for faecal bacteria and 50% for E.coli.

The handles are clearly a hotbed of germs, but now, an easy-to-use cleaning device that helps keep the handles of supermarket trollies free from bacteria is being trialled in leading supermarkets in the Middle East.

Ausclean Pulire: three days of professional development start 19th October

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International speakers from the USA, Europe and Australia will address key topics and concerns for the cleaning industry at Australia's only dedicated cleaning and hygiene exhibition taking place on the Gold Coast later this month.

New visuals show proper use of surface disinfecting products in healthcare environments

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Infection prevention products and solutions specialist PDI, has released an infographic that highlights key challenges across various healthcare settings, as well as guidelines for selecting an appropriate disinfectant for the situation.

Cromwell extends washroom range

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Cromwell Polythene has extended its washroom range with the introduction of a white LDPE saddle bag for the discreet disposal of feminine hygiene and other sanitary waste. Measuring 159mm (six inches) wide when open and 240mm (11 inches) in length, the sanitary bags fit most dispensing units for ease of use.

ISS Greece awarded for innovative safety- and people practices

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In competition with other global industry leaders such as Coca-Cola and Vodafone, industry contractor ISS Greece has received four safety- and people-related awards in 2015. The awards highlight the company's innovative workplace practices.

Brightwell Dispensers launches new EcoMulti chemical dilution system

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Building on the success of the popular Eco range of chemical dilution systems, Brightwell Dispensers has expanded its product offering and developed EcoMulti, which offers a cost-effective way of diluting multiple chemicals from one dispenser.

Chicopee develops new system for tailor-made cleaning

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Speciality cleaning wipes expert Chicopee, has developed a new dispensing system which allows users to create tailor-made, single-use wet wipes.

CMS Berlin 2015 ends with outstanding results

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For Messe Berlin, CMS Berlin 2015 - Cleaning.Management.Services, was an all-round success, which witnessed record exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance, a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding business.

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When I trained as a journalist more years ago than I care to remember, it was drummed into me that those in my profession should report on the news – as it stood – and take care not to put our own slant on the story to suit our personal feelings or perhaps promote a hidden agenda.

It may be that times have changed since then… or perhaps I had better training than some… but I’ve well and truly joined the ranks of those that say: “You don’t want to believe everything you read in the papers/see on the news”.

This week for example, people have been up in arms about the BBC’s pro-EU stance perhaps having been ‘bought’ by grants from the EU itself (the journalists are now going to be trained in anti-bias or something!) while certain national newspapers -  clearly campaigning for weekly household waste collections if we didn’t realise it before, are using the news that fly-tipping is on the increase to pretend that this is down to householders dumping the extra rubbish that won’t fit into their dustbins, out in the countryside.

The real news on that is below – and if you trouble yourself as I did, to click on the link to the report and read it for yourself, you’ll see that fly tipping incidences involving black plastic bags of the type most householders use for their waste, stood at 11% of the total in 2007/08 (when we had weekly collections) but have now decreased to 5% (with household waste only being collected fortnightly). Talk about bending the news to suit your agenda!

It takes the cleaning industry to lead the way on accurate reporting, with the press release accompanying the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s report, ‘The Invisible Workforce: employment practices in the cleaning sector’. The report, which had the input of many cleaning industry players, admits that while much of the industry is looking after the cleaning staff as it should, a great deal more needs to be done to bring the rest of the employers into line. Admitting that there’s a problem – and being honest about what it is – gives everyone a far better opportunity to do something to rectify it than they have if the problem’s been dishonestly reported, doesn’t it?

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This Week's News

Campaign launches to change behaviour towards chewing gum disposal

* CGAG.jpgOne of the busiest streets in London has been transformed like never before, as The Chewing Gum Action Group launched its national campaign to reduce gum litter, transforming the dotted grey pavements on Oxford Street with brightly-coloured circles to highlight the significant amount of gum that is dropped.

As this short BBC video shows ( www.bbc.co.uk ) representatives took to Oxford Street to circle every single piece of discarded gum between the corner of John Prince's Street and Holles Street with water soluble fluorescent chalk, while witnessing the public reaction to the eye-catching measle-like patterns created across one of the busiest areas in London.

2015 American Cleaning Institute Sustainability Report features first-ever 'Critical Issue' assessment for cleaning products industry

* aci.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute's 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry's progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI's first-ever industry 'materiality assessment', which maps the critical risks and opportunities facing its value chain.

Hefter and Denis Rawlins team up to promote innovative scrubber-dryers across UK

* Hefter-Rawlins.jpgCleaning contractors and facilities managers looking to exploit innovative floor cleaning technology are the target for a new alliance between the UK's Denis Rawlins and Germany's Hefter Cleantech, which manufactures scrubber-dryers.

Hefter Cleantech has appointed Denis Rawlins - which has over 40 years' experience advising and supporting companies with their cleaning needs - to distribute and support its range of scrubber-dryers across the UK.

Fly-tipping statistics 2014/15, released this week, show illegal dumping is on the increase

* fly-tipping.jpgThe latest UK Government reports into fly-tipping, published on Tuesday, show that despite the threat of more severe fines for those convicted of the illegal dumping of waste, the practise is on the increase, with the estimated cost of clearance to local authorities in England alone in 2014/15 nearly £50 million - an 11% increase on 2013/14.

Much-needed campaign to improve cleaners' working conditions spearheaded by industry taskforce

A much-needed campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality & Human Rights Commission. It includes leading businesses, trade associations and trade unions.

The Commission convened the taskforce following publication of its report, 'The Invisible Workforce: employment practices in the cleaning sector', which set out the taskforce's findings on employment practices in the commercial cleaning sector in England, Scotland and Wales. For while some cleaners fare very well, others are having a miserable time...

Steam clean the streets with Matrix

* Matrix-gum-mc.jpgChewing gum is a huge problem - not just for local authorities, but for commercial property owners, transport companies and property management companies who are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of buildings, streets or commercial transport.

Matrix has invested significant development time over the last 10 years to come up with economical and efficient solutions to the problem of removing chewing gum which has resulted in a high quality range of specialist cleaning equipment developed with chewing gum removal in mind.

Georgia-Pacific Professional unveils new innovations under new GP Pro brand name

* gppro.jpgGeorgia-Pacific Professional has, this week, introduced its new brand name - GP Pro - which, it says, "represents a multi-year strategy to aggressively invigorate GP Pro's innovation pipeline and an elevated customer focus on product portfolio".

GP Pro's focus on its customers includes these latest innovations:

Bunzl to acquire Planet Clean Canada

* PlanetClean.jpgPlanet Clean Canada, which is based in Vancouver, British Colombia and operates throughout Western Canada, is to be acquired by Bunzl.

Planet Clean is principally engaged in the sale and distribution of cleaning and hygiene supplies and equipment to a variety of customer markets including the healthcare, hospitality, food processing, government, buildings maintenance and industrial sectors. Revenue in 2014 was C$25.6 million.

Bosch is launching full range of heavy duty tools for grounds maintenance crews

* bosch.jpgBosch Professional will be unveiling what it says is a groundbreaking range of heavy duty, battery-powered additions to its Professional garden portfolio at the Saltex exhibition (4th and 5th November at the NEC, Birmingham).

All products in the extended range offer a low vibration, low noise, low maintenance cost alternative to petrol-powered products and are likely to be a big hit with grounds maintenance crews.

ISSA names first franchise member

* issa-from-web-vid.jpgBuilding maintenance company City Wide Franchise, has announced that it is the first franchise member of the ISSA. Through a special membership package, the company can now offer its franchise partners the opportunity to join the ISSA at a significantly discounted rate.

2015-16 Free Local Authority WRAP Workshop dates announced

* Shredded_Food_Waste.jpgWRAP has announced its 2015 workshop programme for Local Authority waste & recycling officers in England. The workshops will take place in Birmingham city centre and the topics and dates are as follows:

* Approaches to Materials Sales - Wednesday 10th February 2016. This workshop aims to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to maximise the financial benefit obtained by their authorities for the dry recyclables collected as part of their provision of waste management services.

CHSA members raise £8,500 for charity

* Stephen-Harrison.jpgMembers and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association have raised £8,500 so far in 2015 for the Chairman's Charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.

"We're very proud to raise money for charity and each year we pick a charity with which there is a personal connection for someone within the CHSA or one that is relatively small and so would really benefit from the support we can provide," explains Stephen Harrison, (pictured) chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.

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Recent UK News

Long service college contract for LCC

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Cambridge Regional College has almost all the cleaning challenges known to man, but LCC Support Services has handled its cleaning for 15 years and enjoys the task. LCC even won a Golden Service Award for its amazing achievements on this site.

One third of employers say more staff are going into work despite being ill

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Nearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill, according to the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development / Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey.

Survey reveals 10% of Brits don't change underwear every day... personal hygiene takes a back seat to staying in bed once winter sets in

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A study of 2,000 adults undertaken by Geberit AquaClean revealed major differences in personal hygiene routines in the Winter versus Summer, with many Brits (33%) halving the amount of time they spend in the bathroom during the colder weather from 30 minutes to just 15 and a staggering 10% of adults admitting that they don't change their underwear every day.

Evans' visit to Buckingham Palace

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Representatives of Evans Vanodine were honoured to be in the presence of Royalty recently when Chairman Derek Evans and Peter Thompson, international sales manager, visited Buckingham Palace to attend a special business reception and accept an award for International Trade, in recognition of its outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years.

New showroom delivers training and technology

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National distributor and training provider Jigsaw Cleaning Systems has opened a dedicated training facility and showroom.

Nationwide buys new headquarters

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Nationwide Window Cleaning, the UK's largest window, gutter and high level cleaning business, has bought its own three storey, 800sq.m new office block at Colton Mill Office Park, Leeds. Based only 20 miles from its home for the last three years, the new site doubles its previous floor space and provides a range of additional facilities and anticipated growth requirements for the next 10 years.

New research reveals incorrect cleaning 'the major cause' of lack of legal floor compliance in wet leisure environments

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A study of hundreds of leisure facilities by Bonasystems, the provider of specialist floor care products and services, has revealed that four-fifths (79%) of 'wet leisure' floor surfaces were not up to Health & Safety Executive standards used to prevent slips and trips and that incorrect cleaning - rather than floor specification - was a major cause of non-compliance.

Early accolade for latest addition to Hako range

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The latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers has marked its UK debut by receiving a prestigious European accolade.

Lanes engineers win seal of approval from wildlife attraction

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Lanes Group drainage engineers have cleaned a seal enclosure at an aquarium while being watched by those who have had a vested interest in the quality of their work - the seals themselves.

Twinkle Clean harnesses online technology and passes savings onto customers

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Twinkle Clean's new online booking system for end of tenancy cleaning in London is proving its worth, according to the company's founder, Robert Garritano, who says: "Our customers love it. We've been able to make savings on administrative costs and pass these savings on to our customers. It's taken our office staff some getting used to though as the phone doesn't ring as much now!"

CHSA's sell out Golf Day raises £5,500 for charity

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One of the highlights of the calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day - held at Rudding Park in North Yorkshire - was a 'sell out', raising over £5,500 for the Chairman's charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.

How clean is your computer?

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Did you know that the average desktop has around 150 times more bacteria than your kitchen table? It's a horrible thought and with many of us now eating 'al desko' we need to remember to keep them clean.

Margins remain under pressure in the UK contract cleaning market

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The market for contract cleaning services in the UK has seen low level growth over the past two years and is now worth around £5.5 billion.

Though the market was affected by the economic downturn, it has benefited from increased standards in cleanliness demanded by key areas such as health and food hygiene.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust takes cleaning back in house

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Our friends at Duplex have alerted us to a story in the Mid Sussex Times which describes how cleaning and housekeeping is now being managed by a hospital trust after the £15m contract with Sodexo ended - and looking at the picture it's easy to see why!

Morclean on the way to green glory

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Morclean has once again won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities - for its award winning BinWash City machine.

Major brands support new Manchester event

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As revealed in Cleanzine some months ago, April 2016 will see the launch of the new Manchester Cleaning Show - a regional spin-off trade event within the Cleaning Show portfolio. What we didn't know at that stage was whether it would win the support of the UK cleaning industry, but we're happy to report that things are looking positive...

Loo of the Year Awards welcomes increased public toilet entries

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The 2015 Loo of the Year Awards inspections and grading has now been completed and despite the overall decline in public toilets throughout the UK, public toilet entries in the 2015 Loo of the Year awards increased by 28% compared to 2014, reports Awards managing director Mike Bone.

Prochem Europe: a real star!

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I live in what I often describe as a 'falling down house' and there is almost always building work of some sort or another going on and a consequence of that is the inevitable brick dust as well as the dirt and debris walked into the carpets on builders' boots.

Soapbox: Same road, different rules: what fleet drivers should know...

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By Andrew Hogsden, senior manager, Strategic Fleet Consultancy, Lex Autolease

Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.

Lack of loos hikes up cleaning costs

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Truckers' Toilets UK Campaign's Gillian Kemp has alerted us to an item in the Express & Star, which describes how Stafford's Street Scene team has to clean up Prime Point Business Park off the A34 several times a week - a task that is adding over £7,000 to annual costs - simply because there aren't any toilet facilities.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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