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Global food safety auditing, training and consulting organisation NSF International, has completed the acquisition of Euro Consultants Group, the Wavre, Belgium-based food safety and quality service company.
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.
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.
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Welcome to the first edition of Cleanzine since our Summer break. I hope that if you too, have had a break, it’s been a good one.
I’ve attended several festivals over the Summer and although I’ve been banging on about the benefits of compost loos for years I don’t believe I’ve shared any pictures. The ones I’ve used have been semi-permanent, posh wooden shacks with proper seats set into a wooden platform, with a pit below for everything to drop into. Users sprinkle sawdust over their contribution and everything smells really sweet, all the time. At some stage after the composting process is complete, the waste is removed and used to create energy. Perfect!
One festival I’ve attended for years is set in the grounds of a stately home. The owner told me this year that more than half the energy used ‘in the house’ and for the festival and other events held on the land, now comes from a combination of this human waste and food waste and peelings. That’s really good, isn’t it?
This year at another festival I saw temporary compost loos being installed, so took some pictures. These were raised to create space for green waste bins or non-porous sacks, which were to be taken away before composting had been completed, to the facility that would use the waste. This meant that effectively there would be no waste and that the festival field would be left as was, once all the revellers had departed.
I know it’s likely to be a long way down the line but I can’t help thinking that we need to be installing more of this type of facility in our public spaces. Local authorities throughout the UK are closing down our public toilets to save money, but if compost loos were used instead, the pressure on our sewage systems would be reduced and the waste could be sold to generate income that could be put towards stocking them with toilet tissue and sanitiser, couldn’t it?
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This Week's News
The Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit will discuss practical approaches to address the impacts of cleaning products. Hosted in Paris on 26th -27th October, the second edition of this executive summit will feature sustainability metrics, green ingredients, sustainable packaging, and consumer impacts.
Professor Dr. Michael Braungart, co-founder of the Cradle-To-Cradle (C2C) design approach, will kick off the conference programme with a keynote titled 'Re-thinking sustainability'.
Cleanliness is not something normally associated with university life. If you've ever set foot in a student house, you'll know that coursework and cider take priority over cleaning. However, universities are still legally required to responsibly manage the wastewater they produce.
The growing size of university campuses makes effluent management a huge task. Here, Bernard Daymon, president and CEO of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe explores further.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association tells us that its annual Golf Day (one of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar), has attracted a well-known celebrity in the form of Dan Walker, presenter of Football Focus, BBC Breakfast and a daily show on Radio 5 Live called Afternoon Edition. Dan will be hosting the Awards Dinner that takes place after the competition and will, no doubt, be featuring in many of the pictures taken of the Awards ceremony, alongside the happy winners.
The event is taking place at Oulton Hall in Yorkshire on 15th September and there will be plenty to keep the non-golfers amongst us happy too...
Some 15 years ago I helped organise the Annual Conference for the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and the venue was Haigh Hall - the home of this thoughtfully fitted-out washroom.
The 10th annual Cleaning Products US conference will take place 9th - 11th November, 2016, in Washington D.C. Jointly organised by Smithers Apex and The American Cleaning Institute, this year's conference will deliver a jam-packed schedule with insights and discussions focusing on the latest developments in wipes and nonwovens plus much more.
"With the help of our advisory board, we have secured some of the biggest names in the cleaning products industry, who will be presenting on current trends, innovations and new applications within the industry," says Kimberlee Rohrer, conference producer for Smithers Apex.
The British Institute of Facilities Management, has announced the finalists in this year's BIFM Facilities Management Awards. The Awards, supported by headline sponsor Carillion, recognise and reward facilities management practices, innovation and projects from across the economy and all areas of the sector.
For 2016, the categories are grouped within the three themes of people, impact or innovation and finalists across the categories have been confirmed as:
Top-selling is the latest upgrade to the Endeavor range which effectively delivers small truck-mount performance in a fast, high power portable model with the flexibility to reduce solution pressure for smaller jobs and upholstery cleaning.
As a leading provider of cleaning services to the rail industry, Carlisle Support Services is driving innovation, through the introduction of service robotics. Currently deployed at Hull Paragon Station, Robo 2 is supporting the contractor's employees with the cleaning contractual agreements in place with longstanding client, First TransPennine Express.
Global biosciences company Genesis Biosciences is aiming to change the perception of biological technology used in the facilities management industry, with its award-winning Evogen Professional product range.
The microbial range of cleaning products has been developed using eco-benign chemistry and specific Bacillus strains to create strong-performing and environmentally safe solutions for customers.
There's something to be said for automated payment systems, isn't there, if paying cash-in-hand enables a thief to run off with the cleaners' wages?
According to the New York Daily News, police are investigating an incident in which a cleaning crew supervisor was shot in the leg by a thief who then snatched the $2,000 she was about to use to pay her workforce, before escaping in a Mercedes.
One of the oldest multipurpose sports complexes in the world, The Queen's Club, has appointed Julius Rutherfoord, to provide contract cleaning services across multiple buildings on its West London site.
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