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.
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.
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