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The machine boasts a step forward in robotics technology for the cleaning industry and overcomes some of the obstacles of similar machines.
Tork PaperCircle is turning the hand drying business on its head by offering the world's first paper hand towel recycling service, helping businesses go circular, cutting the carbon footprint of paper hand towels by 40% and paving the way for future change in standards on what can be recycled and included as accepted paper grades.
Hako's stand showcased a wide range of impressive pioneering solutions which, already today, are contributing to the shaping of tomorrow's world of cleaning technology.
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The 2018 edition of Interclean Amsterdam has been the largest, most international exhibition yet, made up of busy days. The show attracted a record number of visitors, from more countries than ever before.
With a combination of old and new segments, Interclean Amsterdam was able to offer a complete overview of the newest technologies and trends in the professional cleaning market. The robot arena, the InnovationLAB and the new Healthcare Cleaning Forum and LAB were particularly popular.
A new study conducted in the Nordic countries shows that standards are associated with 28% of GDP growth. Companies benefit from standards the most by getting access to new foreign markets and ensuring the quality of their products.
A vast majority of the respondents, 87%, consider that standardisation plays a key role in their future business plans.
The Office for National Statistics' newly-released statistical bulletin on the UK environmental goods and services sector - (EGSS): 2010 to 2015 - has revealed that the waste management sector is the largest contributor to EGSS.
It has also revealed that the renewable energy contribution to EGSS continues to grow while the recycling contribution is declining, and that the majority of EGSS exports are from waste management and recycling.
Tomorrow sees the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations - the EU law that supersedes the Data Protection Directive and which protects the personal data of everyone within the EU and the European Economic area and addresses the export of personal data outside of these areas. We spoke with David Overell, managing director of Truvox International, on how the new regulations are affecting his organisation.
Of the more than 41.5 million people expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, 88% of them will travel by car. That's an increase of 4.7 million drivers over last year, which means more traffic on roads and more traffic in roadside washrooms.
To help Memorial Day vacationers in search of clean washrooms this weekend, Cintas is reminding travelers of its free mobile washroom-finder app, 'Got to Go', which allows users to find clean washrooms in their vicinity and enables them to rate the facilities based on cleanliness.
"It is with deep sorrow that Nettuno announces the passing of Giancarlo Fratus, sales director and CEO of the company.
"His human and professional skills have made this company a solid and appreciated reality. For all of us it has been an honour to work with him.
Scotland's North Lanarkshire Council is congratulating its residents on their recycling efforts, as the quality of recyclable household waste being collected in continues to be high. The majority of waste taken to processing plants to be recycled has been rated in the highest two quality bands since the council's new service was introduced last October.
Buyers of plastic bin liners can now look for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Accreditation Scheme logo to be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box'. The Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks has been expanded to include these products.
"With members of the Accreditation Scheme consistently delivering near perfect conformance on label compliance and performance, the time was right to include a wider range of products in the Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Panel governing the CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks.
The partnership centres on a Willmott Dixon project to refurbish the Old Admiralty Building (OAB) in Horseguards Parade, central London, an undertaking that will see the Grade II listed building transformed into a modern working environment.
He appears to have been more than 250 years ahead of his time when it comes to poor indoor air quality, since this argument has been proven once again in a study conducted by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse Universities.
Mike Sawchuk, formerly an executive vice president at Avmor and Enviro-Solutions - both cleaning chemical solutions manufacturers based in Canada, has launched a new consulting firm, Sawchuk Consulting.
"I started Sawchuk Consulting as a way to utilise my extensive and multilevel experience in helping businesses grow and prosper," reveals Mike.
Some 1,300 UK employees are hospitalised each year with serious and life changing injuries after being involved in a forklift truck accident at work and this number is on the rise. In fact, recent accident statistics show that forklifts are the most dangerous form of workplace transport in the country, injuring more people than any other vehicle used within the workplace.
This year alone, several serious forklift truck accidents at work have been recorded and we're not even half way through 2018.
Dublin-based MG Hygiene is considered to be one of the leading suppliers of quality hygiene and catering products to the cleaning, catering and hospitality industries in Ireland, carrying global brands such as Robert Scott, 3M, Vileda, Taski, Tork, Prodifa, and Unger.
Europe's biggest recycler of polythene is sponsoring the Cardiff stopover for the world-famous Volvo Ocean Race and will use the elite yachting event to highlight the creative and business potential of recycling plastic.
As a host city sponsor of the round-the-world yacht race, RPC bpi recycled products will work with Cardiff Council during a free two-week festival of fun in celebration of a race that has never before stopped in the capital city of Wales in its illustrious history of over 40 years. Thousands of people are expected to visit the dedicated site, called the Race Village, between 27th May and 10th June 2018.
This compact model of the biogas treatment system ETW SmartCycle PSA, cann process 230 to 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour. Plant manufacturer Rytec is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.
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Founded in April 1988 by CEO Paul Wonnacott (pictured) from his small bedroom in the UK, the company have progressed over the 30 years to be a world leader in aircare and hygiene, holding many International patents and trademarks.
The trailer-mounted BinWash is a new idea in the bin cleaning industry and has taken huge strides in improving what had historically been available. With worldwide emphasis on green and eco-friendly products, the Binwash offers a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative for those who are conscious about their carbon footprint.
"Bio-Productions is the innovator behind the original non-pDCB urinal block," said the company's Angela Gill.
"Water companies spend billions of pounds every year improving water and sewerage services in this country, but our sewers are just not designed to handle these new wipes which clog up the system.
A furniture manufacturer has been fined after exposing its employees to significant quantities of hardwood dust, a hazardous substance known to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer. It was noted that the absence of a 'robust cleaning regime' had exacerbated the problems.
Luton Magistrates' Court heard how employees in Andrena Furniture's workshop were exposed to hardwood dust on a daily basis. One of the reasons for such high levels of the hazardous substance was found to be the company's extraction system, which when tested during an HSE inspection in 2016, was found to be inefficient.
Collection arrangements for all island households will change from September this year, when new collections are introduced for food waste and glass recycling.
Although Reach & Wash avoids working at height, and therefore the risk of falling, it does involve manual handling of long and unwieldy poles. While NJC applies safe practice, the true extent of the risks is not fully understood at present.
The CHSA has further committed to awarding at least two new bursaries every year for the next five years. The sons and daughters of CHSA members, who on 1st September 2018 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year, are eligible to apply.
After much deliberation, they decided on the Steam Clean Systems SC3000 Industrial Steam Cleaner as the best steam cleaner for their needs.
"Changes in the weather are behind this 'pollen bomb' caused by the simultaneous release from millions of birch, plane and oak trees," he explains.
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