- 7/22/2014 — "Mission Possible: What is Smart? Who is SMART?"
SMART's message received high praise from Dr. Tonya Huber in a column she wrote in the Ruidoso (NM) News. Dr. Huber summarizes several recent SMART news releases as she offers her "kudos" for SMART and its mission to promote the recycling of used clothing. Click here to read the article.
- 7/21/14 — EPA COMPLETES LONG-AWAITED "WIPER RULE": RULE COULD SPELL OPPORTUNITY FOR WIPES, RAGS
Well, it took nearly thirty years, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally published its long-awaited, final solvent-contaminated wipes rule (a.k.a. "wiper rule"), thereby better leveling the regulatory playing field between non-laundered wipes and rags and laundered shop towels. As many know, SMART and its members were a driving force throughout the decades. Now that it has been completed once and for all, many are wondering what the regulation says and what it means for our industry. Click here for the full summary.
SMART is pleased to announce the availability of a "Wiper Rule Toolkit," a members-only package of materials designed to help companies learn the ins and outs of this highly-anticipated rule-making and take advantage of its benefits.
This new toolkit can be found in the Members Only section of the website.
You MUST be logged in to view this page. Members Click here to view the Wiper Rule Toolkit.
** UPDATE 7/31/14 — The Wiper Rule State Implementation Spreadsheet has been updated with additional states who have adopted the wiper rule.
- 7/18/2014 — Where Does Discarded Clothing Go?
Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Can for-profit recycling companies turn those rags into riches? — SMART's Executive Director and SMART member USAgain were recently interviewed for this informative article about educating the public on textile recycling. Click here to read the article.
- 6/2/2014 — First-ever Joint Meeting on International Used Clothing Industry Held in Miami: Three leading international recycling organizations gathered in Miami, Florida for the first-ever international conference on the used clothing recycling industry. Nearly 100 members of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the Bureau of International Recycling's Textiles Division (BIR), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) held the first International Textile Recycling Summit (ITRS) on Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. Conference attendees discussed industry trends, concerns, and emerging markets. Click here for the full press release.
- 5/20/2014 — SMART Association's Elementary Education Program Connects with Students and Teachers: An academic program developed by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is yielding positive results among the elementary school teachers who utilized its no-cost lesson plans. The lesson plans focus on the benefits of recycling used clothing, while meeting standardized educational practices. As the international trade association of the for-profit used clothing recycling industry, SMART's goal is to educate the public about the benefits of recycling all used clothing and household textiles. Click here for the full press release.
- 2/20/14 — For the first time, the Bureau of International Recycling's (BIR) Textiles Division, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) will co-organize an International Textile Recycling Summit on Monday, June 2, 2014 in conjunction with the Bureau of International Recycling‘s World Recycling Convention at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida.
The International Textile Recycling Summit (ITRS) is the first-ever event where all of the major stakeholders in the international textile recycling industry will gather to discuss industry trends, concerns, and emerging markets. The tentative agenda includes educational programs from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm followed by a networking reception. All members of BIR, SMART and CTR are invited to attend this program. Click here for the full press release.
- 2/1/2014 — SMART's Free Lesson Plans for Students
The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) has announced the launch of its Recycling Rangers program for elementary school teachers. The goal of this year's educational program is to heighten student, teacher and family awareness of clothing and textile recycling by engaging more than 2,500 teachers in grades K–5 in its Recycling Rangers program. In addition to free lesson plans for their classrooms, teachers are also encouraged to promote recycling by organizing textile recycling drives at their schools. Click here for the full article.
- 1/20/2014 — Bins Found in Elizabethtown Raise Questions
Over the past year, a number of large white, green or blue bins have taken up residence in Elizabethtown parking lots. A textile recycling bin located in the former E.W. James' parking lot in Elizabethtown is operated by Ohio Mills and benefits Special Olympics Kentucky. Some are part of an estimated $1 billion textile recycling industry, according to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles. In some cases, proceeds from the donated items benefit charities but that's not always the situation. Click here for the full article.
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