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Within SMART’s Membership, business segments are divided into chapters, so members with common concerns and interests can work together to address particular needs, business interests, and current issues.

  • Recycled Clothing Chapter
    Recycled clothing and secondhand clothing graders are an integral part of SMART's membership. Their primary business activity is collecting, brokering, recycling, grading, and processing post-consumer textiles. This activity is fundamental to our main principle of diverting solid waste from landfills. Grader members deal specifically with reclaimed clothing and another textile material that can be recycled. Other SMART members engaged in wiping materials and the fiber industry rely on the materials provided by this segment.
  • Wiping Material Converters and Distributors Chapter
    The Wiping Material Converters and Distributors Chapter consists of members whose primary business is the processing of pre and post-consumer textiles with the intent of providing wiping materials for industry and consumers. These chapter members convert clothing, linens, new mill ends and nonwoven/paper roll goods into wiping products to be sold to the commercial, industrial, retail, specialty, and mass merchandising sector. Members of this chapter sort, cut, grade, and package cloths of different textures and absorbency levels to meet the end user's needs. Disposable wipers made from recycled textiles and paper/nonwovens have more flexibility and choices than rented shop towels.
  • Fiber Chapter
    The Fiber Chapter of SMART is made up of members who reprocess fiber and textile by-products into useful materials for a variety of industries, including automotive, home furnishings, construction, caskets, pet supplies and clothing. Our members source and sell materials on a global level and handle both natural and synthetic fibers.



  • Programs Committee
    Develops programming to be offered at the SMART Annual Convention, SMART Regional Meetings and other training/networking programs to be developed by SMART, including webinars; this includes the development of the agenda, speakers, topics, sponsorship program, breakout sessions and any other activities to be included during SMART events; committee will also evaluate opportunities for SMART to participate in trade shows or recycling events in order to raise awareness about textile recycling, promote SMART’s efforts related to enactment of SMART ordinance on collection bins; and/or to increase SMART membership; committee will also work with SMART staff to suggest regional meeting and convention locations to the board.
  • Executive Committee
    Acts on behalf of the Board of Directors on matters requiring immediate attention or urgent dispatch.
  • Membership Development and Retention
    Monitors and helps develop new membership programs that enhance the tangible and intangible benefits members receive by joining and supporting the organization. Actively targets audiences for membership, successfully enrolling new members while retaining current members. Assists in developing member communications that show the value of membership to encourage member retention and acquisition.
  • Nominating
    Submits to the membership nominations for officers and directors.
  • Government Affairs
    Guides the direction of our government affairs initiatives.
  • Clothing Collection Bin
    Works on developing a strategy for being proactive in disseminating SMART’s bin position paper and draft ordinance to municipalities and states considering ordinances governing clothing collection bins; helps develop association policies related to members involved in clothing collection bin business.
  • Women of SMART
    Provides a forum for women affiliated with the association.