Swisher Hygiene Adds Richard Handley to Board of Directors

Swisher Hygiene Adds Richard Handley to Board of Directors

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swisher Hygiene Inc.
("Swisher Hygiene") (Nasdaq:SWSH) (TSX:SWI), a leading provider of essential
hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced today that its Board
of Directors has increased the size of the Board from eight members to nine
and that Richard L. Handley has been appointed to the Board of Directors,
effective December 21, 2012.

Mr. Handley, 65, has served as the Senior Vice President, Secretary and
General Counsel of Huizenga Holdings Inc. since May 1997.From May 1997 to
December 2004, Mr. Handley also served as Senior Vice President, Secretary,
and General Counsel of Boca Resorts, Inc.Prior to that, he served from
October 1995 to May 1997 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of
AutoNation Inc. and its predecessor, Republic Industries Inc.Mr. Handley
previously served as a director of Swisher International Inc. (the predecessor
of Swisher Hygiene) from 2004 to 2010.He earned a BA from the University of
California, Berkeley, a JD from the University of Utah College of Law, and an
LLM from Georgetown University.

"The Board of Directors believes Rich's extensive public company experience
makes him an excellent addition to the Board as the company works to regain
compliance and continues to execute its business strategy," said H. Wayne
Huizenga, Chairman of Swisher Hygiene.

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press release constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws and the
Securities Act (Ontario) and are based on the expectations, estimates and
projections of management as of the date of this press release, unless
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Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates
and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Swisher Hygiene as of the
date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business,
economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The estimates and
assumptions of Swisher Hygiene contained in this press release, which may
prove to be incorrect, include but are not limited to, the various assumptions
set forth herein.All of these assumptions have been derived from information
currently available to Swisher Hygiene including information obtained by
Swisher Hygiene from third-party sources. These assumptions may prove to be
incorrect in whole or in part. All of the forward-looking statements made in
this press release are qualified by the above cautionary statements and those
made in the "Risk Factors" section of Swisher Hygiene's Annual Report on Form
10-K for the year ended December31, 2010 and its Quarterly Report on Form
10-Q for the quarter ended June30, 2011, both filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, available on www.sec.gov, and with Canadian securities
regulators available on Swisher Hygiene's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com, and
Swisher Hygiene's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
and with Canadian securities regulators available on Swisher Hygiene's SEDAR
profile at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information set forth in this
press release is subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and
other factors that are difficult to predict and which could cause actual
results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the
forward-looking information.Swisher Hygiene disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect
subsequent events and circumstances, except to the extent required by
applicable law.

About Swisher Hygiene Inc.

Swisher Hygiene Inc. is a NASDAQ and TSX listed company that provides
essential hygiene and sanitation solutions to customers throughout much of
North America and internationally through its global network of company-owned
operations, franchises and master licensees operating in countries across
Europe and Asia. These essential solutions include cleaning and sanitizing
chemicals, foodservice and laundry products, restroom hygiene programs and a
full range of related products and services.This broad set of offerings is
designed to promote superior cleanliness and sanitation in all commercial
environments, enhancing the safety, satisfaction and well-being of employees
and patrons. Swisher Hygiene's customers include a wide range of commercial
enterprises, with a particular emphasis on the foodservice, hospitality,
retail, industrial and healthcare industries.

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