Environmental & Sustainability

Current Projects | Committee Members | TRSA Staff Liaison


Current Projects
Microfiber/Microplastics

As environmental groups seek to curb discharges of these to sewers, linen and uniform services are targeted as major point sources, although collectively our industry discharges far less than all home washing. Still, California acted to require our laundries to filter 100% of all microfibers from our wastewater, which could cost $1 million per plant. While TRSA was able to kill this bill, it will be reconsidered. The committee plans to quantify our industry’s discharges from textiles to develop a response.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

These man-made chemicals are manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including food packaging and processing, household products, fire-fighting, chrome plating and electronics manufacturing. PFAS are also added to textiles to make them flame-resistant retardant and waterproof. Based on our use of such items, regulators are interested in limiting our PFAS discharges. The committee is gathering more information on PFAS in our supply chain. TRSA has met with EPA officials to educate them on our industry’s de minimis impact.

Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) Manual

The committee is enhancing Working with Your POTW to make it user-friendly to plant and floor managers, the individuals in plant operations most responsible for implementing tactics that assure compliance with POTW permit requirements. The update will feature new case studies.



Committee Members

Co-Chair: Timothy Cosgrave – UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, MA
Co-Chair: John Schultz – Ellis Corp., Itasca, IL
Past Chair: Jim Buik – Roscoe Company, Chicago, IL
Tom Dikos – ARAMARK Uniform Services Inc., Mokena, IL
William Lange – Brent Industries, Inc., Brent, AL
Kevin Minissian – Norchem Corp., Los Angeles, CA
Clyde Oefinger – Alsco Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
Mike Reeks – Washing Systems, Tinley Park, IL
James Shaw – Vega Systems, Cincinnati, OH
Tom Turick – Diamond Chemical Co. Inc., Howell, NJ



TRSA Staff Liaison

Kevin Schwalb
kschwalb@trsa.org
703.519.0029, ext. 107