Welcome to SMART!
The Association of Wiping Materials, Used Clothing
and Fiber Industries Since 1932
As an international trade association, SMART strengthens the economic opportunities of our diverse membership by promoting the interdependence of our industry segments and providing a common forum for networking, education and trade. More about us
- 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.
- 11/15/2013 — In conjunction with America Recycles Day, today, The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is launching 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 Kthrough5 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. To view the full press release click here. For more on the program, click here.
- 9/25/2013 — Clothing and Textile Recycling Has Major Impact on Reducing Greenhouse Gasses
Current levels of clothing and textile recycling has among the highest levels of impact on reducing greenhouse gasses according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In its report entitled: Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2011*, the EPA states clothing recycling today has an equivalent impact of removing one(1)million cars from the nation's roads. That is more than more than five ( 5) times the impact of recycled yard trimmings, more than four (4)times the impact of glass recycling, more than plastics recycling and nearly the same impact as recycling aluminum.
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- 7/29/2013 — The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), as part of its continuing effort to provide leadership in the clothing and textile recycling industry, is taking several positive steps which focus on the issues surrounding clothing collection bins. The Association recently developed a package of documents designed to help local governments considering measures to manage clothing collection bins in their communities. In addition, a committee of chief executives whose companies operate collection bin programs has been formed to make recommendations to promote clothing recycling through collection bins that meet the approval of local communities. Click here for full press release.
- 7/26/13 — EPA Completes Long-Awaited "Wiper Rule" - Jessica Franken, SMART Government Affairs Consultant
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. After literally decades of years in the works, on July 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication version of its final "wiper rule" modifying the federal hazardous waste regulations applicable to non-laundered wipes and rags and laundered shop towels used in tens of thousands of industrial facilities across the U.S. Click here for the full story.
- 6/21/2013 — SMART Establishes Recycled Clothing Collection Bin Committee
In response to SMART member requests to address legislative and regulatory issues regarding clothing collection bins, the SMART board of directors recently established a new committee for members in the clothing collection bin business. This committee will assist the SMART board in being proactive in developing a strategy for disseminating SMART's recently adopted bin position paper and draft ordinance to municipalities and states considering ordinances governing clothing collection bins. The board believes this committee will be a great benefit to members and the industry by advancing SMART's standards and best practices for bin operators. For more on the committee contact SMART at 443-640-1050.
The SMART Bin Position Paper and Draft Ordinance are two very useful tools for SMART members to respond to misconceptions about clothing collection bins and promoting the industry Click here for the Bin Position Paper and Draft Ordinance.
- 6/18/2013 — SMART officials estimate that a "better-than-expected" 323,400 students and 12,900 teachers were impacted by the "Wear It? Recycle It!" lesson plans and 90 entries were received in a related poster design contest. The entire program, including online micro-website, print and digital promotion, generated a total of more than 2,546,000 impressions during the duration of the program. SMART developed the "Wear It? Recycle It!" educational program in conjunction with The Education Center to present information on clothing and other textiles as recyclable products. Click here for the press release.
- 5/21/13 — SMART Executive Director Jackie King and member company MAC Recycling are featured in a National Public Radio story that aired this morning on the global nature of the clothing recycling industry. Click here to listen to the interview.
- 4/20/13 — Clothes Recycling Goes Curbside as Demand Rises
Clothes recycling is going curbside in more U.S. towns as global prices rise for the used apparel, shoes and linens that Americans often toss in the trash.
- 4/20/13 — SMART Making Full Court Press in States to Spread Word about Textile Recycling
The first week in April was one of the most active in recent memory for the SMART Board, members and staff in spreading the word out about textile recycling in a variety of states and in advocating
- 1/29/13 S.M.A.R.T. Calls for Its Clothing Collection Bin Code of Conduct to be Industry Standard...
The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) not only sets the industry standard with its Code of Conduct for the clothing collection bin industry, but the organization continues to call for all companies in the clothing collection bin industry to be 100% transparent.