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As increasingly complex supply chains make it difficult for large manufacturers and retailers to monitor quality and safety across global suppliers, certification provider Bureau Veritas has revealed that adopting a data-based approach to supplier monitoring could be key to driving standards forward.
Christeyns has built up a strong reputation as specialist in cleaning and disinfection products in the European food industry. With the acquisition of Betelgeux, Christeyns fortifies its position in this market and takes a step forward in the geographical expansion towards Latin-America.
On 2nd January, 2018, Kaivac welcomed the new year with a notice from the US Patent Office. Kaivac's OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System has been awarded a new patent - number 9,854,955 B2 to be precise. The patent applies to almost all OmniFlex systems including the Dispense-and-Vac, AutoVac, SUV, or hybrid combination of these systems.
Knol provides a vast range of steam cleaning machines for industrial, professional and commercial use that can be used in many industries including; food and beverage, transport, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health and more.
Schools, housing associations and facilities management companies use Easy-on to extend redecoration intervals and maintain a clean building environment. Walls safeguarded with easy-on are guaranteed to impress and save £££'s.
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I know I’ve grumbled about it before but a number of incidents recently have convinced me I’m right – we need a system of single stream/fully co-mingled recycling, rather than the powers that be expecting us to know what can be recycled and in which bin, box or bag it should be placed, wherever we might be in the UK at the time.
China’s new quality standards mean cardboard will only be accepted for recycling if the material is uncontaminated with other waste products. I read a report recently about the enormous volume of ‘carefully’ recycled items sent to landfill rather than being recycled last year because they were contaminated. I can’t for the life of me find it so I can share it with you, but it was enough to make me scratch my head and wonder why we can’t get something right that should really be so simple. And if we couldn’t manage the 1.5% maximum contamination rate that previously applied, how on earth are we going to achieve the 0.5% maximum China’s now demanding?
I’ve looked at a lot of local authorities’ recycling information and there’s little consistency. When people move areas they’re generally faced with a new system. My council swapped the bins and while I can remember that I now have to use a different bin for everything and that I no longer have to separate paper from cardboard but I do now have to separate tins from glass (and put them with the cardboard and paper in the bin that used to be for non-recyclables only) there will be a lot of people who don’t – particularly the elderly who may already be somewhat forgetful.
Some councils are strict and will not empty contaminated recycling bins; fining residents – sometimes quite heavily – who’ve got it wrong. Others don’t seem to bother. Last night I was reading what appeared to be an authoritative piece on what can and can’t be recycled but it contained different information from what I’ve read elsewhere. We need proper information that’s easy to understand and covers everything we might need to discard. We also need consistency – not only within our own councils but from council to council. Surely a nationwide scheme would be easier to run and control?
Plenty of convicted criminals are given community service for their crimes. Why can’t some of them serve their time sorting our recyclables under the strict supervision of experienced waste management experts, to ensure that our waste is free from contamination, as it should be?
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This Week's News
In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman.
This is the first step in creating a platform containing educational modules for children describing the science and engineering that goes into cleaning products, and extends ACI's efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which originated with 2016's 'The Science of Soap' exhibit and online education materials.
The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers Association) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.
The inquiry is open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until 2nd March 2018. The APPG has two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.
Asia's largest Expo on Cleaning Technology & Hygiene Solutions - Clean India Pulire 2018 along with Waste Technology India Expo, Laundrex India Expo and Car Care Expo saw record numbers visit the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center, in Mumbai last month.
Attendees were able to experience the latest technologies and solutions for cleaning, waste, laundry and car care from across the world, while learning more about the potential of the Indian market and establishing connections that will enhance manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales.
Joining ISSA as European Manager is Regina Henrich, whose most recent role as a strategic management consultant is just part of the extensive corporate and marketing experience she brings to her new position.
Essex based dry cleaning and laundry supplies specialist, Lynx, has entered a partnership with Alex Reid to become what is believed to be the UK's leading provider of consumables and cleaning chemicals to laundry and dry cleaning customers nationwide.
Set up in 2005, Lynx Dry Cleaning Supplies offer a comprehensive range of dry cleaning and laundry items, from leading international brands such as DOW, Cole & Wilson, Avery Dennison and Dylon.
In particular, there was 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system, which now includes 40 cleaning service providers. It was launched in this sector during 2017.
The first - the newly built Orchardside School (see graphic), will provide facilities for the Secondary Tuition Service which currently operates across other sites in the borough.
The Qatari government is cracking down on litterbugs in a new initiative starting today, in which municipal inspectors will start catching culprits, issuing warnings and meting out punishments - which can, in the most severe cases, include a jail term.
Confined entry cleaning wouldn't be everybody's 'cup of tea' but at Blackburn, Lancashire-based Symclean it's just another part of industrial & commercial cleaning work that its operatives are happy to undertake across the UK.
One of the challenges faced when assessing confined space cleaning is the frequent risk of the possible presence hazardous gases or chemicals, but the company's highly-experienced operatives are prepared at all times.
Congratulations to Ricky Smith who has started a new role as managing director corporate accounts at Southampton-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment. Ricky was previously strategic development director with the company - a position he held for almost five years.
The Big Belly bins are solar powered and have a special compacting mechanism which crushes litter. They hold up to eight times more rubbish than a normal bin.
New to market in the portable machines section is the company's CR2 Multi-Surface, a versatile 'touch-free' restoration system that not only does away with the need for mops and brushes, but - with the addition of a carpet wand or upholstery tool - can also be used for carpet and upholstery cleaning.
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It is estimated that the new scheme will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year as well as substantially increasing the availability of high quality drinking water.
Recent research has revealed that demand for professional cleaning services has gone up by a staggering 25% in the past five years in London. A whopping 50% of this increase has been driven by millennials with boroughs that have high populations of 18-35 year olds seeing some of the biggest jumps in demand.
To find out more about London's cleaning needs, Service Octopus decided to see which boroughs were leading the way in the demand for cleaning services. The resulting infographic gives a fascinating snapshot of the impact of millennials on London's cleaning landscape and offers a glimpse into how 18-35 year olds are harnessing technology and making the most of the on-demand economy.
All this to allow both existing and prospective customers to see the full range of solutions TC Facilities Management can offer.
The Facilities Management industry's flagship conference from the British Institute of Facilities Management takes place on 1st May 2018. The theme, ‘Adapt or Disappear’, will explore the major disruptors in FM and how businesses and individuals can turn them to their advantage.
Building on last year's event 'FM in a Connected World', Think(beyond)FM 2018 once again promises expert insights and educational takeaways, with a programme of engaging speakers and actionable content as well as plenty of networking opportunities.
Electromec is a national provider of cradle and access testing services and employs 30 people. Its customers include Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport, Knight Frank and the NHS.
The news that Carillion has ceased trading is both sad and shocking. The clear priority is to ensure that the work the construction and services firm is contracted to do can be completed and the impact for the thousands of Carillion workers, as well as its customers and suppliers, can be minimised.
The CSSA Innovation Showcase is taking place on 15th March at The Brewery, in the heart of the City of London. It will celebrate the industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives, as judged by a 'Dragon's Den' panel of leading figures in the industry, including a representative from the CHSA.
In a newly created role, Patrick will undertake a range of responsibilities including co-ordinating all the BCC's budgets and financial activity and the management of external suppliers.
"Hard to believe it's been 50 years," reflects Roy's son, Andy who with brother Nigel, today runs the Sussex-based Southern Counties Janitorial Supplies.
The results were exceptional, the Scheme members sustaining very high levels of conformance. The results are more evidence that the only way buyers of cleaning and hygiene products can be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box' is to look for the CHSA Accreditation Scheme marque.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show