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Ice and soda contaminated with faecal bacteria has been served to customers at some of the UK's leading pub chains, an investigation by BBC's Watchdog Live has found.

The consumer programme's undercover 'Swab Mob' team collected samples of both ice and soda water at branches of JD Wetherspoon, Harvester, Slug and Lettuce, Hungry Horse and Marston's Two for One, across the country, finding very high levels of bacteria at all five.

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Faecal bacteria found in ice and drinks at leading pub chains

Ice and soda water served at some of the UK's leading food and drink chains are contaminated with faecal bacteria, an undercover investigation has found.

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BIFM relaunches as IWFM

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has become the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).

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Last chance to enter CSSA Awards

The deadline for entry submissions to the CSSA (Cleaning & Support Services Association) UK Contract Cleaning Awards is fast approaching.

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'Disgusting' toilets exposed at construction site

The Parc Adfer energy from waste construction site in Deeside, north Wales has become the first to be named and shamed by construction union Unite for what it describes as "the disgusting state of its toilets and welfare facilities".

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'Flushable' wet wipes fail water industry tests

All wet wipes sold as "flushable" in the UK have so far failed the water industry's disintegration tests, the BBC has found.

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More than 90% of the world's children breathe toxic air every day

Every day around 93% of the world's children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk.

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Industrial vacuum market on the rise

The global market for industrial vacuum cleaners is expected to reach US$ 681 million by 2023 with a compounded annual growth rate―or CAGR―of 4.88 per cent, according to a new study from market research firm Research and Markets.

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Waste sorting machine was started with cleaner inside

A waste management company has been fined £650,000 after a worker was fatally injured while cleaning a large ballistic separator machine.

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Director of waste & recycling company jailed

A Liverpool-based waste and recycling company has been fined and its director has been jailed after the death of a 39-year-old worker.

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Floor cleaning system gains top marks in university test

As part of a comparative evaluation, the Institute of Work Sciences and Ergonomics at the University of Siegen has undertaken a test of floor cleaning systems in relation to ergonomics.

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Donations are in the bag for British Heart Foundation

TC Facilities Management (TCFM) have created a national charity partnership to help the British Heart Foundation achieve its aim of beating heartbreak forever. The partnership commenced 6 weeks ago and has set its sights on raising £5K of funds for the charity that conducts ground-breaking research in to heart and circulatory diseases and their causes.

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Council creates exemplar toilet facility

Torbay Council is investing in its toilets to enhance its offering to the public. The authority has ensured Paignton seafront is now one of the most accessible tourist destinations in the region, after refurbishing its existing Festival Apollo toilet block to become a dedicated 'disabled' toilet facility ― including a state of the art Changing Places.

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RPC bpi recycled products and Hubbub sail home to win prestigious environmental award

The world's first boat made from Plaswood ― a 100% recycled plastic lumber has helped RPC bpi recycled products and Hubbub win a prestigious Green Apple Environment Award 2018.

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Improving data use and automation with workforce management software

As 2019 gets closer we look forward to next year and what technology can bring to the cleaning industry. In recent years we've had robot vacuums and window cleaners to name a few, but as a software business Roma Systems is focusing on automation.

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Armistice mat donated in aid of rugby charity

COBA Flooring has been pleased to donate a bespoke manufactured entrance mat for a special prestigious event at Compiegne Rugby Club in France to commemorate the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice, in aid of the charity, Rugby for Heroes.

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Essity wins two European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards

Essity had a highly successful night at the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2018, chalking up two prestigious wins.

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Heritage litter bin boasts integral fire extinguisher

Leafield Environmental has launched an automatic fire suppression system for its popular Square Heritage litter-bins.

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A healthier future for your workforce

In this article, Robert Scott's business development director, Steve Courtney, discusses the importance of educating janitorial staff and management teams on ways to reduce the usage of harsh chemicals in their daily cleaning routines, while introducing smarter cleaning practices that are both healthier and more environmentally-friendly.

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A sustainable way to clean every day

When using traditional mop and buckets, chemicals are predominantly dumped into buckets using the glug method, basically making dilution rates that include far too much chemical and high levels of water waste, according to Scot Young Research (SYR).

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Odour control bathroom spray

A Cambridge University spin-out supramolecular chemistry company is making its mark in the commercial world with the launch of its first product. The odour control bathroom spray Oderase has been developed by scientists and innovators at Aqdot.

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Diversey appoints Mark Burgess CEO

Diversey, a customer-centric, global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry, today announced the appointment of Mark S. Burgess as its new chief executive officer effective 17th December 2018.

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Bright future for schoolchildren

Robert Scott has announced plans to build a new school for local children on land next to its head office and mill in Greenfield, Oldham.

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SYR appoints new global CEOs

Scot Young Research has announced the appointment of Kimberley Young as their global CEO and Lee Ann Young assisting her as vice-global CEO.

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Graffiti removal gets greener

The latest graffiti removal methods are becoming more environmentally-friendly without compromising on performance, argues cleaning equipment manufacturer systeco.

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