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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is seeking volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR-IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance & Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are now being accepted.
With on-site liner exchange services, sanitary waste bin liners are often complemented with an antimicrobial consumable which acts as a disinfectant to protect users until the bin liner is replaced again.
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation has alerted Western and Central African governments to be vigilant, and to continue their raised surveillance and prevention efforts after H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks were recently confirmed in chicken farms in Cameroon.
The American Cleaning Institute has urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to exempt or minimise the use of animal fats under its Renewal Fuel Standard programme, as it threatens a key raw material used in the cleaning products industry.
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If you’ve been a reader for most or all of the 14-plus years Cleanzine has been broadcasting, (my goodness – this is issue no. 735!) you’ll be well aware that I’ve never wasted an opportunity to have a grumble about the damage caused to the environment by ‘single use’ plastic shopping bags.
I’ve had a car boot filled with bags that I reuse time and time again that’s been growing for at least 20 years and if you’re a manufacturer or association who’s cleverly given out logo’d cloth bags at a cleaning show I’ve attended, just imagine the value in advertising you’ve had from it – and that’s just from one user!
Naturally I was delighted when legislation meant that less environmentally-aware people were going to be encouraged to take their own bags with them when they shopped, by a 5p charge for each bag supplied by the store. The fact that the proceeds were destined for charity made things even better.
Clearly the scheme has been a huge success… figures released a few days ago revealed that six billion fewer plastic bags were taken home by shoppers in England and over £29 million was donated to good causes thanks to 5p charge – and that’s only since October!
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs says that this is the equivalent to the weight of roughly 300 blue whales, 300,000 sea turtles or three million pelicans. The difference the money will make to good causes is priceless…
Around eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into oceans each year, posing a serious threat to our natural and marine environment – experts estimate that plastic is ingested by 31 species of marine mammals and over 100 species of sea birds. As well as keeping our precious marine life is safer, this legislation means our communities are cleaner and that future generations won’t be saddled with mountains of plastic sat, taking hundreds of years to break down, in landfill sites.
It shows small actions can make the biggest difference… but we must not be complacent as there is always more we can all do to reduce waste and recycle what we use.
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This Week's News
RAI Amsterdam, ISSA and local partner UBM, have announced that the ISSA/Interclean Istanbul exhibition, originally scheduled for 7th - 9th September 2016, has been moved to 18th - 20th October, 2017. After careful deliberation the organisation has made the decision to postpone the event, citing rising concerns from exhibitors and visitors regarding travel in and out of the country as the chief motive.
This warning follows a second theft between junctions 28 and 27 on the anti-clockwise M25 at around 14:10 on Monday, July 25th.
"Thank goodness Australia has a Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). It seems to be the only organisation, apart from an under-resourced union, that stands up for cleaners in their quest to be respected in terms of wages and working conditions.
Glyn Sands, now a retired member of what he describes as being 'our great cleaning industry', writes in response to the Cleaning & Support Services Association's recent article in Cleanzine: 'CSSA's Innovation & Technology Executive Bulletin examines battery technology' (thecleanzine.com/pages/)
Despite it really being down to the individual when it comes to either littering or not littering, I like the idea that those supplying the food and drink are prepared to take responsibility for helping reduce littering...
Hilton London Kensington has over 600 rooms and its facilities include 11 function rooms, a gym and sauna. Previously its laundry processed bath robes, face cloths, blankets and general housekeeping items, while bed linen and towels were processed off-site. A key objective of the new laundry was to enable the hotel to add the processing of a daily average of 1,200 kg of towels.
Over the past few years, instances of illness and death due to outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease, caused by Legionella bacteria, have appeared on the news and in the press. While this may have raised public awareness of the risks of Legionella, a duty of care on employers has been imposed by UK legislation since the mid-70's.
Microban International, the global textile odour control and prevention specialist, announced on Tuesday that it will relaunch its textiles division globally this month.
Initial Singapore, the first in Asia, has launched the Signature Colour range - a large selection of hygiene products: soap dispensers, air fresheners, toilet seat cleaner, dual sanitiser, feminine hygiene bins - for optimising a facility's hygiene needs while complementing interior design trends.
Pure Gleam, the established commercial and residential window cleaning service that covers the Liverpool and the Merseyside area of the UK, has announced its complete transition to an innovative water fed pole system which benefits from the latest pure filtration technology.
Mitie has been awarded a five-year contract with Merseyrail, valued at over £10m. The contract will see Mitie deliver maintenance, cleaning, and helpdesk services to 66 stations, two depots and office accommodation across the transport network.
Thanh Nien News is reporting today that in a new effort to address persistent food safety problems, authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, plan to tighten control over distributors of chemicals, who are accused of supplying toxins that are allegedly found in many of local foods.
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Recent UK News
The recently reformed Cleaning & Support Services Association made further progress at its Summer board meeting, held recently at the offices of Principle Cleaning Services - whose Doug Cook is CSSA chairman and one of the main drivers behind the re-establishment of this important industry association.
City of London livery companies may have their roots in the past, but they have a big part to play in modern London life, offering outstanding opportunities to network with industry colleagues and take part in social and community activities. The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is no exception and it recently held an event for prospective new members at the Bucks Club, London.
A hospice based in Sydenham, Kent, has been sentenced after a patient died of Legionnaires' disease and a worker suffered life changing effects as a result of contracting the disease.
By Mark Errington, sales & marketing director, City Distribution
City Distribution, based in Blackpool, has been servicing the North of England for 29 years. We take orders up to 4:45pm delivering the following day and even man our sales office on probably our customers' busiest day, Saturday, to deal with product enquiries and process orders for Monday delivery - arguably making a rod for our own back but today's retailer need every tool in the box to secure that all important sale and contractors need continuity of supply.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show