August 2014

Illinois Governor Signs Bill on Clothing Collection Bins
That Mirrors SMART Code of Conduct

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed SB3294 into law after the legislation received overwhelming support in both houses of the state legislature. SB3294 puts into place a law regulating how collection bin operators must identify themselves on their receptacles. This requirement closely follows the labeling requirements of the clothing collection bin operator Code of Conduct of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the premier trade association of the for profit clothing recycling industry.

Representatives of SMART member-company, USAgain lobbied for the bill and testified on its behalf as the legislation moved through the committee process of the Illinois legislature. USAgain's Chief executive Officer, Mattias Wallander says the nature of the bill is quite simple as it requires adherence to the primary tenant of SMART's Code of Conduct, that the bin operator is identified and that it is disclosed whether the operator is a charitable organization or a for profit company.

Wallander says the legislation also creates a section of the IL Unfair Business Practices Act whereby violations can be enforced at the local, county or state level. Thus, "bad actor" operators can be prosecuted by local state's attorneys across multiple municipal boundaries; eliminating the need for each-and-every community to enforce the law.

"The Association is very pleased that the representatives of the people of Illinois have enacted this legislation," says Jackie King, executive Director of SMART. "We encourage other states to follow Illinois' lead and to enact similar legislation. This law not only encourages the public to recycle used clothing, it also requires transparency of the business practices of the bin operator so members of the public are informed users when placing their goods in a collection bin."

In addition to the enacting of SB3294 in Illinois, King notes the recent announcement of a statewide education initiative on clothing recycling in Rhode Island, as well as statewide programs to encourage clothing recycling in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Michigan and in the City of San Francisco.

 


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