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Environmental

Identifies and evaluates environmental and sustainability issues affecting the textile services industry, and assists TRSA in constructively influencing legislation and regulatory actions as well as educating the general membership.

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. 

Members

Jim Buik (Chair) – Roscoe Company, Chicago, IL
Philip Sonnenklar (Vice Chair) – Iron City Workplace Services, Pittsburgh, PA
James Buckman – Cintas Corporation, Milford, OH
Randy Cook – AmeriPride Services Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Timothy Cosgrave – UniFirst Corporation, Stockton, CA
Tom Dikos – ARAMARK Uniform Services Inc., Mokena, IL
Brian Keegan – AmeriPride Services Inc., Minnetonka, MN
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
Lee Terry – Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA
Tom Turick – Diamond Chemical Co. Inc., Howell, NJ
Wiz Wyatt – AmeriPride Services Inc., Minnetonka, MN
 

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