- 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 s 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. Read more
- 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 Read more
- 1/29/31 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. Read more
- 12/13/12 — SMART Applauds Recently Announced Worldwide Clothing Recycling Program
Clothing Retailer to Implement Global Clothing Recycling Program in February 2013. Read more
- 10/01/12 — SMART Provides Lessons on Textile Recycling in Newly Developed Educational Curricula, "Wear It? Recycle It!"
Lessons for elementary school students promotes awareness of clothing and textile recycling. Read more
- 06/26/12 — Textile Recycling Association Announces Partnership With The Education Center
The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) announces it will develop grade-appropriate educational materials in conjunction with The Education Center to promote the concept of clothing as a recyclable product. Read more
- 06/21/12 — Communities, charities profit in recycling textiles
Forget the idea that gently worn clothes are the only donations worth giving to organizations like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Read more
- 05/03/12 — Results Announced for Nationwide Clothing Recycling Contest
Florida State University claims the title “Big Shirt on Campus” by winning the 2012 oneSHIRT Challenge presented by SustainU and sponsored by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). Read more
- 03/15/12 — Clothing Recycling Associations Partners with Manufacturer of 100% Recycled Apparel
The Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) and The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) today announces a new partnership with SustainU, a Morgantown, W. Va.-based company that makes high quality apparel in the U.S. using only fabrics made from 100% recycled materials. Read more
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- 02/28/12 — Rag Traders Relish Recycled Clothing
Open your closets and drawers, pull out your old clothes and recycle them. Read more
- 02/06/12 — SMART Creates World's First Donation Box Code of Conduct
In an effort to reduce transparency within the clothing and textile industry, the Board of Directors of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association has formally approved a Donation Drop Box Operator Code of Conduct. Read more
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