Government Relations

March 30, 2022 Agenda | Key Goals | Sample Legislative/Regulatory Priorities | TRSAPAC Committee Members | TRSA Staff Liaison


Key Goals
Vehicle Emissions

Ensure the industry’s prominent role in improving air quality through government-facilitated adoption of zero- or low-emission vehicles and attainment of restrictions on emissions from gas and diesel engines

Wastewater Discharges

Steer government toward improving water quality by regulating major sources of discharges of microplastics and PFAS, as opposed to unfair regulation of linen and uniform laundering, especially new rules that would require onerous pretreatment

Industrial Laundering of Scrubs

Encourage authorities to ensure healthcare facilities provide such hygienically clean healthcare contact textiles for staff to change into and out of for each respective work shift
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Traffic Congestion

Support infrastructure improvement that enables commercial vehicles to serve customers more effectively and efficiently, particularly in the most congested urban areas during peak hours


Sample Legislative/Regulatory Priorities
Healthcare Supply Chain

Require the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to compel healthcare facilities to use a minimum of 50% of reusable healthcare contact textiles in the supply chain to protect and mitigate against any shortage of HCTs.
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Keep Critical Services Operating

Compel the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to designate linen, uniform and facility services as essential in catastrophes such as natural disasters to ensure the safe processing of HCTs and other personal protective equipment to keep workers and the public safe.
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California Microplastics Discharge Limits

TRSA defeated a California bill which would have required any commercial laundry operating in California to install filtration devices to eliminate microfibers in the waste stream at a cost of over $500,000 per facility. TRSA met with the bill sponsor’s staff and other legislators, noting the relatively small volume of discharges from linen and uniform services compared with other sources, especially home laundries. Microfiber discharge is expected to be reconsidered, with the state assembly’s Environment and Toxins Committee planning to study microfiber discharges in laundry wastewater.



TRSAPAC

TRSAPAC backs key members of Congress who support the industry, upholding our legislative goals and supporting our regulatory initiatives. Engaging TRSAPAC-supported legislators in our advocacy with the IRS and EPA has had a measurable impact on these agencies’ rulemaking, protecting textile services operators’ profitability. Donations are increasingly vital as regulators actively attempt to finish new regulations and Congress gears up for election battles.

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Committee Members

Chair: Michael Croatti – Unifirst Corp., Wilmington, MA
James Buik – Roscoe Company, Chicago, IL
Scott Burke – Loop Linen Service, Westwego, LA
John Clark – Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA
P.J. Dempsey – Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply Inc., Jessup, PA
Ed Friedler – Aramark Uniform Services, Burbank, CA
Patrick Garcia – Division Laundry, San Antonio, TX
Michelle Goret – Cintas Corp., Cincinnati, OH
Roger Harris – Metro Linen, McKinney, TX
Kelly Johnson – Alsco, Inc., Anthem, AZ
Milton Magnus – M&B Metal Products Company, Leeds, AL
David Potack – Unitex Textile Rental Services Corporate Office, Mount Vernon, NY
Ben Warnecke – Plymate, Shelbyville, IN



TRSA Staff Liaison

Kevin Schwalb
kschwalb@trsa.org
540.613.5201

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