Turning Waste into Clean Energy

One of the ways we honor our commitment to the environment is by sending the majority of waste from our sanitary disposal units to Covanta, an energy-from-waste facility that safely incinerates and converts municipal solid waste into energy and removes metals for recycling. This allows us to safely dispose waste and keep it out of landfills.

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What is it?

Covanta defines energy-from-waste (EfW) as a process that “takes non-hazardous waste destined for landfills, combusts it in specially designed boilers then recovers the heat to generate steam to use in energy generation or other industrial processes.” Unlike traditional incineration, EfW does not simply burn solid waste with the goal of reducing volume. It creates renewable energy and recovers metals to be recycled. A series of air pollution controls and filters are used to ensure that the air being released back into the atmosphere is safe and clean.

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Why is Energy-from-Waste Good?

Covanta processes 20 million tons of waste, and recovers and recycles 500,000 tons of metal each year. Keeping this massive volume out of landfills decreases the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, which are are comprised of approximately 50% methane, 50% carbon dioxide, and a tiny amount of other organic compounds. Landfills also pollute the air with 170 different pollutants and 46 toxins. Processing one ton of solid waste prevents one ton of greenhouse gases from being released, and for each ton of metal that is saved, 2.4 tons of greenhouse gases are eliminated. Both methane and carbon dioxide trap heat in the atmosphere; however, methane is 86 times stronger and more detrimental. These landfill gases can be converted into energy as well, but EfW is ten times more effective, cleaner, and healthier.

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How has Citron Made a Difference?

Since 2011, we have been sending waste from our sanitary disposal units to Covanta for EfW processing. We have diverted enough waste to power the city of Ottawa for five years! That is enough to sustain the homes and businesses of 934,243 people. Our clients are able to see the difference they are making too, as we can provide them with Waste Diversion Reports detailing how much waste from their facility has been turned into renewable energy and stayed out of landfills.

Sustainability is one of our top priorities, so as a leader in our industry we do everything we can to support it. Besides utilizing energy-from-waste, we recycle all possible materials and properly dispose batteries. You can learn more about our commitment to sustainability here and more about Covanta here.

Keep Pests Out of Universities

Preventing pest infestations is an effective way for colleges and universities to take care of their students, staff, and facilities. The large numbers of people in and out of buildings, roaming between classes, and living on campus make these institutions hotspots for pests. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these nuisances are most likely to be found in the following areas:

  • Dorm rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Common areas, such as student centers and dining halls
  • Gyms and locker rooms
  • Building entrances and exits, especially those with nearby dumpsters

Bed Bugs

Residence halls are one of the most common places for bed bugs to be found. Students do not always clean up their messes or take out trash regularly, which welcomes bed bugs into their rooms. These vermin are easily spread when they hitch rides in bags or backpacks as students visit their friends down the hall and across campus. The time of year is a factor as well. In a survey, 66% of professionals agree that summer is the most popular season for bed bug treatment, which could be attributed to people packing up and traveling more often.

Did You Know? In 2011, 99% of pest professionals said they encountered a bed bug infestation within the last year.

Cockroaches

roach-creepinCockroaches can quickly and easily cause infestations too. They will live anywhere that provides them with water and food, such as restrooms, locker rooms, cafeterias, classrooms, and residence halls. Not only are they frightening sight, they can aggravate asthma symptoms when they shed their skins, and spread up to 33 kinds of bacteria, such as including E. coliSalmonella, and parasitic worms. They acquire these germs from all the garbage, sewage, and decaying matter they walk through and share it when they shed skins and leave droppings.

Did You know? Cockroaches have been known to cause dining hall closures on campuses.

Rodents

Rodents are just as comfortable settling anywhere, especially as winter approaches. As mice can fit into holes the size of a dime and rats can fit through spaces no larger than a quarter, both nuisances can easily sneak into any building that will keep them warm. Not only do rodents provide their share of bacteria, they can also bring in other pests, such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. In addition to the extra guests, mice and rats can cause expensive structural damage by chewing through wood, wires, and walls.

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Did You Know? Chewed-up wires are fire hazards, and can put staff and students in danger.

 

Preventing a pest problem is better than having to eliminate one. Integrated pest management (IPM) focuses on inspections, monitoring, and actions that will make buildings less desirable places for pests. Avoiding these issues costs less over time than treating active problems at their worst. Plus, IPM practices save money in other ways too. The EPA provides an excellent example, “weatherization of buildings not only excludes pests but also saves energy and reduces moisture problems.” It is also great for the environment and the health of building occupants, as pesticides are only used as a last resort and therefore, are utilized less often.

Sanitary Disposal: What Every Employer Should Know

 

Do you know the most dangerous place in a women’s washroom? If you guessed the sanitary disposal bins, you’re right! Even if emptied daily and cleaned once in a while, sanitary disposal bins are proven to pose the greatest health risk in a washroom.

Who’s at risk?

Not only are customers and patrons at risk for contracting illness or disease, but also the people responsible for maintaining them. Businesses and public facilities need a sanitary disposal solution that minimizes contact with blood, bacteria, and bodily fluids.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that 5.6 million employees are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens at their place of employment. Employees are at greater risk when using a washroom with a wall box as a sanitary disposal bin, especially cleaning staff who  handle this waste daily. Wall boxes are not touch free and possess an even greater risk to patrons and staff.

Where’s the danger?

Dr. Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona Microbiology Department has studied washroom pathogens for over 20 years. Gerba reports the most bacterially infested place in any washroom is the sanitary disposal bins. He also discovered an invisible mist that is released and can land on the sanitary disposal bin each time a toilet is flushed. This mist can contain Hepatitis A, C. diff, staph, salmonella and E. coli among others.

Some of these microorganisms can survive on the sanitary disposal bins for months. Facility managers often have cleaning staff empty the sanitary disposal bins daily but rarely have them sanitized inside and out. One study found that 100% of the sanitary disposal bins tested positive for bacteria or mold. Would you want to touch this?

Most germs can enter the body through direct contact with broken skin. As it is impossible to know if an infected person has used a washroom, all sanitary disposal bins and waste must be treated as if they contain harmful pathogens.

Legislation & Policy

Sanitary disposal is governed by the following legislation in Canada.

Workers Compensation Acts:

  • In Canada, employers must protect all workers at their workplace from exposure to infectious diseases.

Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations:

  • Section 9.17 states that every washroom and toilet stall designated for female use must have an accessible sanitary disposal bin with lid.
  • Section 9.30 (f) states that a sanitary condition must be maintained in every washroom and toilet stall, including the sanitary disposal bins.

Canada Water Act:

  • Section 9 describes the illegality of allowing sanitary waste to enter our water systems, which includes flushing sanitary waste down the toilet. This is often the means women resort to when there is no sanitary disposal bin in the toilet stall.

The Answer

It’s best for everyone involved to let professionals handle this kind of waste. The best option for any business is to use a third party sanitary disposal service. Facilities who utilize a sanitary disposal service reduce the risk of illness to their employees and patrons alike.

Citron Hygiene offers sanitary disposal services. Say goodbye to your current sanitary disposal systems and take care of the people using your washrooms!

Hygiene and Your Restaurant

Whether it is dinner at an upscale restaurant, lunch at a cozy café, or a quick bite on the go, people enjoy going out to eat.  Everyone has their personal tastes and favorite spots, but one aspect everyone can agree on is that food poisoning is always the worst outcome.  The Canadian Public Health Association estimates that 4 million people experience food poisoning each year, though many cases go unreported.

Harmful bacteria, viruses, or parasites contaminating food is the main cause of food poisoning.  When two or more people present the same symptoms after eating in the same restaurant, it is considered an outbreak.  According to A Guide for Ontario’s Food Handlers, approximately 80% of foodborne illnesses are caused by on-site food preparation.

Hand washing is necessary to prevent cross-contamination.  Installing automatic faucets, soap dispensers, and hand dryers to all hand-washing stations and washrooms further prevents this.  Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are also recommended in restaurant kitchens and washrooms, as Purell’s 70% alcohol formula kills over 99% of bacteria in seconds.

Frequently cleaning work surfaces is just as important as hand washing.   A Guide for Ontario’s Food Handlers recommends washing each area with soap and water, and then sanitizing.  Employers must provide cleaning supplies and keep them in a convenient location for workers to access.  A wall-mounted chemical dispenser can help fulfill this requirement.

Follow these additional tips to avoid contamination by handlers:

  • Train all employees on how to properly wash their hands and when to do it. Handlers should scrub wet hands, wrists and fingernails with soap for at least 30 seconds before rinsing with warm water.
  • Make sure employees have ample time during their shifts to wash their hands frequently.
  • Provide clear hygiene standards regarding personal and hand hygiene, glove use, work attire, and sick policy to your employees. Ensure staff understand and always follow these rules.
  • Wash and sanitize equipment and surfaces after each use with proper foodservice chemicals.
  • Keep equipment and utensils separate based on the type of food they will contact.

Citron Hygiene Acquires Alpine Jan-San

Toronto, April 5th, 2017 – Citron Hygiene™ a leading provider of commercial Washroom & Foodservice Hygiene, Pest Control Solutions, as well as a broad range of Chemical and other Facility-based Products & Services announced today that it has acquired Alpine Jan-San (“Alpine”), effective March 21st, 2017.  Alpine is Alberta’s leading provider of commercial washroom hygiene services and serves a broad range of customers including leading retailers, foodservice establishments, commercial, manufacturing and industrial businesses.

Citron Hygiene President and CEO Peter Farrell states, “this acquisition supports our acquisitive corporate growth strategy and will significantly enhance our presence and density in the Alberta market on the heels of our Sani-Service acquisition completed in September 2016, our initial entry into this market.  Alpine has long been the dominant washroom hygiene service provider in that market and I am delighted that Alpine’s owners, Ray and Kim Olthof, felt that we were the right buyer for their company.”

Add Ray and Kim Olthof, “we wanted to ensure that we sold to a company that fully understood our business and would look after our employees and loyal customers in keeping with our tradition. Citron Hygiene is that company.  As the largest player in our space in Canada, Citron Hygiene has a well-established track record of delivering excellent customer service and fostering a very positive corporate culture.  We look forward to working closely with Peter’s team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition process for our customers.”

Citron Hygiene in partnership with President & CEO, Peter Farrell is a Birch Hill Equity Partners (“Birch Hill”) portfolio company.  With over $3 billion in capital under management, Birch Hill invests in leading Canadian middle-market businesses. “Acquisitions, similar to Alpine, will continue to play an important role in Citron Hygiene’s strategic plans, complementing organic growth and further enhancing our position as a market leader in commercial hygiene” says Farrell.

 

About Citron Hygiene

Citron Hygiene, is a leading provider of commercial Washroom & Food Service Hygiene, Pest Control Solutions, as well as a broad range of Chemical and other Facility-based Products & Services.  With over 40 years of extensive industry experience, we have offices across Canada and the United States.

Citron Hygiene is committed to Building healthy spaces™ by combining proprietary products and processes, certified and dedicated staff, and trusted, top-tier vendor-partners to deliver unparalleled, holistic health and hygiene solutions.  The design and delivery of everything we do, reflects our deep understanding of commercial facilities, our singular focus on customer needs and goals, and our abiding respect for the environment and its sustainability.

 

Citron Hygiene™ Acquires Workplace Essentials

Corporate footprint expands into US market servicing 13 East Coast States

Toronto, Canada – March 8, 2017 – Citron Hygiene is pleased to announce that, effective March 6, 2017, it has acquired Workplace Essentials, a washroom and workplace hygiene company, headquartered in the Boston suburb of Billerica, Massachusetts.  This is Citron Hygiene’s second acquisition since its ownership change last April when it was acquired by Birch Hill Equity Partners in partnership with President and CEO, Peter Farrell.  Last September, Citron Hygiene acquired Sani-Service Inc., a Canadian national service provider of washroom hygiene and commercial warewashing systems from Serruya Private Equity Inc.

“We are delighted to welcome Workplace Essentials to the Citron Hygiene family,” Peter Farrell stated. “As the largest washroom service provider in the U.S., this acquisition is a powerful first step in our overall North American and global build.  Their reputation as an innovative and high quality service provider in the U.S. market is second to none, and as such, we are so pleased to have them join our business.   For the time being, Workplace Essentials will continue to operate under its existing tradename and its leadership team will continue to manage the US business”.

Linda Pace, President & CEO of Workplace Essentials, further elaborated, “Under the Citron Hygiene umbrella, Workplace Essentials will significantly expand its product and service offerings to our customers and we look forward to gaining access to Citron Hygiene’s impressive stable of top tier vendor-partners. Peter and I have also known each other for many years and we both share the same passion for the business and respect for employees and customers. Choosing the right company to sell to was of paramount importance to me – Citron Hygiene was our perfect fit”.

“Our acquisition of Workplace Essentials is perfectly aligned with our strategy and a key milestone in our overall growth plan.  We will continue to be acquisitive in Canada, the US and strategic global markets”, according to Peter Farrell.  “We are excited to expand into key geographies as well as add great employee partners and customers to our business. This is a very exciting time for our company”, he added.

 

About Citron Hygiene

Citron Hygiene (formerly Cannon Services), is a leading providers of commercial Washroom & Food Service Hygiene, Pest Control Solutions, as well as a broad range of Chemical and other Facility-based Products & Services.  With over 40 years of extensive industry experience, we are headquartered in Toronto, Ontario with offices across Canada and the United States.

Citron Hygiene is committed to Building healthy spaces™ by combining proprietary products and processes, certified and dedicated staff, and trusted, best-in-class vendor-partners to deliver unparalleled, holistic health and hygiene solutions.  The design and delivery of everything we do, reflects our deep understanding of commercial facilities, our singular focus on customer needs and goals, and our abiding respect for the environment and its sustainability.

 

Citron HYGIENE to Exhibit at the Restaurant Canada Show

We are pleased to announce that Citron HYGIENE™ will be an exhibitor at this year’s Restaurant Canada Show at the Enercare Center this February 26-28!   

Last September, we proudly welcomed Sani-Service Inc. into the Citron HYGIENE family.   At the upcoming RC show, we will be showcasing the new Food Service Hygiene products and services that have since been added to our already extensive portfolio of Washroom Hygiene and Pest Control services on which we have built our stellar reputation within the Restaurant Industry.

Come visit us at booth 213 and enter a draw to win a complimentary Sani-RestoreTM   fixture, wall and floor rejuvenation service for a restaurant bathroom or kitchen (a $150 value)!  

Bring your business card and we’ll see you at the Show! 

Citron Hygiene Announces Name Change

Press Release: Cannon Services November 25, 2016

Markham ON-Cannon Hygiene Canada Limited announced today that it will begin operating under its new name ‘Citron Hygiene’, effective immediately. Citron Hygiene replaces the former ‘Cannon Services’. The new company will continue to provide world-class washroom hygiene, chemical solutions, pest control and life safety products for a growing number of commercial facilities.

In April of this year, Cannon President and CEO Peter Farrell, in partnership with Birch Hill Equity Partners, acquired Cannon Hygiene Canada Limited in its entirety from all active shareholders. These include Cannon Hygiene International.

As part of the acquisition agreement, a new name and rebrand were required.

“Naming your new company is a lot like naming your firstborn,” said Farrell. “It sounds a lot easier than it is. We were looking for a name that would continue to reflect our focus on hygiene, but do so in a healthier, fresher, cleaner and more environmental manner.”

“Our new name signals the official shift in ownership that has been underway for several months. While we take great pride in the business we have built over the past 20 years, we’re thrilled with the opportunity that lies ahead.” Added Alison Mahoney, Vice President, Sales & Marketing.

“Our dream is to turn Citron Hygiene into a leading global service provider of washroom hygiene, pest control, first aid, and chemical solutions,” said Farrell, “With a financial partner of Birch Hill’s pedigree on our side, we’re confident we can make that happen.”

Citron Hygiene is also proud to announce their recent acquisition of leading food service hygiene provider, Sani Service.

About Citron Hygiene (formerly Cannon Services.)

Citron Hygiene is a leading provider of washroom hygiene, chemical solutions, pest control and life safety products for commercial facilities. By combining leading edge innovation with superior customer service, the company helps building owners and managers deliver world-class hygiene and healthier spaces for their employees, customers and guests. For more information, call 800.643.6922.

Citron Hygiene Acquires Sani-Service

Acquisition enhances Citron Hygiene’s service offering and presence in key markets

Toronto, September 14, 2016 – Citron Hygiene (“Citron Hygiene”), a leading provider of washroom hygiene, pest control and life safety services for commercial facilities, announced today that it has acquired Sani-Service, a portfolio company of Serruya Private Equity Inc. (“SPE”) effective on September 12th, 2016.  Sani-Service is a leading provider of commercial washroom hygiene services and chemical services (including warewashing and related chemicals) for a range of customers including leading retailers and foodservice establishments.

Citron Hygiene President and CEO Peter Farrell states, “this acquisition supports our corporate growth strategy, expands our markets served to Western Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and will significantly enhance our presence and density in Eastern Canada including Toronto, London and Ottawa.  Further, it will allow us to offer our respective customers a broader range of washroom hygiene, pest control, chemical and life safety services. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to provide Sani-Service’s loyal customers with best-in-class customer service.”

Sami Alsabawi, National Director of Sani Service added “the cultures of Citron Hygiene and Sani-Service are quite similar – both are leaders in their respective service offerings with a relentless focus on delivering “best in class” customer service.  Citron Hygiene and Sani-Service will work together to ensure a seamless transition process for its customers.”

Citron Hygiene was recently acquired by Birch Hill Equity Partners (“Birch Hill”) in partnership with President and CEO, Peter Farrell. With over $3 billion in capital under management, Birch Hill invests in leading Canadian middle-market businesses. “Acquisitions, similar to Sani-Service, will continue to play an important role in Citron Hygiene’s strategic plans complementing organic growth and further enhancing our market position as a leader in providing washroom hygiene, pest control, and chemical (warewashing) services” says Farrell.

About Citron Hygiene

With over 40 years of experience, Citron Hygiene is a leading provider of washroom hygiene, pest control and life safety services for commercial facilities. By combining innovation and service excellence, we help building owners and managers deliver award winning environments to their employees, customers, and guests. The design and delivery of our services and products reflects our deep understanding of commercial facilities, our focus on creating successful customers, and our respect for the environment. For more information, please visit citronhygiene.com.

Media & General Inquiries

Peter Farrell

President & CEO

905.946.1711

pfarrell@citronhygiene.com

 

Citron Hygiene EcoClean™ is now Ecologo Approved

ECOLOGOCitron Hygiène was recently awarded Ecologo Certification for its EcoClean™ formulation, a product that is used in its EcoClean™ System.

EcoClean™ is an advanced, intelligent system for continuous, cost-effective treatment of toilets and urinals. Digitally measured doses of the specially formulated EcoClean™ solution are automatically dispensed into flush water to treat urinals and toilets 24 hours a day.

EcoClean™ is a proprietary, non-toxic, natural enzyme-based solution that interrupts the formation of organic and inorganic scale while controlling the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It is biodegradable and harmless to the environment. The UL ECOLOGO mark helps Citron Hygiene communicate its sustainability leadership and environmental stewardship.

UL Environment’s ECOLOGO program is an independent third-party certification program that evaluates manufacturing facilities on energy use, waste disposal, and toxics reduction, among other areas.

Earning the mark demonstrates that Citron Hygiene is a world leader in sustainability and cares about healthier, more sustainable products.

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“We are very excited about this recent certification of our EcoClean™ formula”, said Peter Farrell, President and CEO. “By earning the UL ECOLOGO certification, we can now fully understand, measure, and credibly communicate the superior environmental performance of this product. When a customer chooses the EcoClean™ service, they are using a product that meets stringent standards of environmental leadership. In fact, EcoClean™ tested with 98.5% cleaning efficiency against the same type of benchmark products in the Canadian Market”.

 

UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment

 

About Citron Hygiène

With over 40 years of experience, Citron Hygiène is a leading provider of washroom hygiene, pest control and life safety services. Through our comprehensive range of services and products we strive to enhance health and hygiene in the commercial facility environment. The design and delivery of our services and products reflects our deep understanding of commercial facilities, our focus on creating successful customers, and our respect for the environment.

Citron Hygiène Media Contact

Katy Baker
Manager, Marketing & Communications
145 Shields Court, Markham, ON, L3R 9T5
Tel : 905-946-1711 ext 26
Email: kbaker@citronhygiene.com