Broken toilet leads to find of ancient ruins beneath Italian restaurant

12th of May 2015
Broken toilet leads to find of ancient ruins beneath Italian restaurant

A blocked toilet in an Italian building has changed the life of its owner who was planning to open a trattoria on the site.

Lucian Faggiano was trying to find the offending sewage pipe at the property in Puglia, Italy, when he made a fascinating discovery.

After digging a trench beneath the building he found a network of underground rooms and

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Read ECJ April/May online now

8th of May 2015
Read ECJ April/May online now

The April/May edition of ECJ is now available to read online. As well as latest industry news and reports from around Europe, special reports include:

• Case study - laundering for the cleanroom

• Exclusive interview - Henrik Andersen, EMEA ceo for ISS Group

• EFCI European contract cleaning report

• Special report -

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Robotics - the future of cleaning?

7th of May 2015
Robotics - the future of cleaning?

Dr Ilham Kadri, president of the Sealed Air Diversey Care business, writes her latest blog for ECJ. Following the company's acquisition of Intellibot Robotics she discusses the potential impact of this technology on the cleaning business.

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EFCI publishes European contract cleaning sector report

6th of May 2015
EFCI publishes European contract cleaning sector report

The European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) has recently published its latest survey of the contract cleaning industry in Europe. All data relates to 2012 and shows a good recovery from the severe economic crisis between 2008 and 2010. Total turnover increased by 4.83 per cent over the two years 2010-2012.

For the 19th time, the

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It's all about the people, says ISS EMEA ceo Andersen

5th of May 2015
It's all about the people, says ISS EMEA ceo Andersen

ECJ editor Michelle Marshall speaks exclusively to Henrik Andersen, chief operating officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at ISS Group about the workforce challenges facing the cleaning sector, and also the many opportunities that exist to attract and retain new employees.

“Every success we have is founded in our

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Video footage shows cleaning staff using same cloth for toilets and drinking glasses

4th of May 2015
Video footage shows cleaning staff using same cloth for toilets and drinking glasses

The cleanliness of top hotels in China have been called into question after staff at two high-end establishments were accused of using the same cloths to wipe toilets and drinking glasses.

Video clips have emerged which show employees at Binjiang Long Sheraton Hotel and the JW Marriott Hotel in the city of Hangzhou apparently using one cloth for

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