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Environmental & Sustainability

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Ongoing Issues

Definition of Solid Waste (DSW)/Shop Towel Rules

Committee members provide input to determine TRSA’s position on how EPA should regulate shop towels. TRSA supports the shop towel rule, as it effectively codifies the industry’s best management practices for handling these items.

Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE)

TRSA and EPA agreed in 2010 that members would phase out NPE from all liquid detergents by December 31, 2013 and all powders one year later. The committee is monitoring this elimination and continues to assess environmentally friendlier wash chemical alternatives

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Textile services operations that process solvent-laden wipers can differ with regulators over whether these facilities have significant potential to emit (PTE) such compounds to the atmosphere. The committee continues to work on its own and with regulators to address the issue.

  • Timothy Cosgrave (Co-Chair) – UniFirst Corporation, Wilmington, MA
  • Jim Buik (Chair) – Roscoe Company, Chicago, IL
  • Tom Dikos – ARAMARK Uniform Services Inc., Mokena, IL
  • Mindy Kenney – AquaRecycle, Marietta, GA
  • William Lange – Brent Industries, Inc., Brent, AL
  • Jeff Lebedin – Aqua Recycle, Marietta, GA
  • Kevin Minissian – Norchem Corp., Los Angeles, CA
  • Clyde Oefinger – Alsco Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mike Reeks – Washing Systems, Tinley Park, IL
  • John Schultz – Ecolab Textile Care Div., Tinley Park, IL
  • James Shaw – Ellis Corp., Itasca, IL
  • Tom Turick – Diamond Chemical Co. Inc., Howell, NJ
Staff Liaison

Kevin Schwalb
877-770-9274 or 703-519-0029, ext. 107