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Superior Linen Service Continues Environmental Commitment with Clean Green Recertification

Posted January 18, 2019 at 11:42 am

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Superior Linen Service, a family owned and  operated company with laundries serving the healthcare and hospitality markets across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern Missouri, and Southern Kansas, has been re-certified Clean Green, reflecting the company’s continued dedication to operational efficiency and sustainability. The company was first certified in 2012. Companies that have earned this certification adhere to TRSA-designated water and energy use thresholds and deploy best management practices (BMPs) consistent with the ASTM International environmental laundering standard.

Superior Linen Services’ customers can be assured their uniforms, floor mats, towels and other reusable textiles are washed, dried and finished with processes that maximize sustainability and reduce greenhouse emissions. Clean Green certified operations demonstrate significant commitment to conservation and green operations through these BMPs:

  • Recovering heat from drained hot water and heat dispersed from the process of warming water
  • Recapturing drained water from rinses for reuse
  • Using environmentally friendly detergents
  • Removing solids and liquids from wastewater
  • Solar energy and energy-efficient lighting
  • Recycling programs
  • Re-routing trucks to save vehicle fuel
  • Spill prevention plans

The Clean Green certification is valid for three years at a time. TRSA inspects laundry facilities seeking certification and approves documentation of their water and energy use and BMP deployment through production reports they submit to auditors during the inspections. TRSA’s certification management protocol includes auditor training by the association’s inspection program administrator.

Clean Green aligns with the ASTM International standard, Guide for Sustainable Laundry Practices, which recognizes key criteria for the certification as universal indicators of maximum sustainability in commercial laundry work. ASTM’s review of TRSA BMPs verified these as the most effective and practical techniques for a laundry to achieve green objectives.

TRSA members prompted development of the standard, which was vetted in the sustainability subcommittee of the ASTM Committee on Textiles. Top technical experts, scientists and environmental professionals from outside the linen, uniform and facility services industry reviewed the BMPs. ASTM is the global leader in developing and delivering voluntary consensus standards unparalleled in building consumer confidence in product and service quality.

“I applaud Superior Linen Supply for their sustainability efforts and maintaining the highest standards in their production and delivery operations,” said Joseph Ricci, TRSA president and CEO. “Meeting all the criteria for certification is not easy, but Superior Linen is committed to industry-leading processes and technologies.”

Superior Linen Service laundries also hold the Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification, proving their commitment to customers that their laundries are dedicated to standards for  best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by on-site inspection and their capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing. Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification confirms their continuing dedication to infection prevention, compliance with recognized industry standards and processing healthcare textiles using BMPs as described in its quality assurance documentation, a focal point for Hygienically Clean inspectors’ evaluation.

For information about the Clean Green and Hygienically Clean certification programs, contact Angela D. Freeman, Manager, Certification Programs, at afreeman@trsa.org or 703.519.0029, ext. 111.