We’re cleaning up New York City’s dirty laundries.

people using various linens

Every day we touch napkins, towels and dressing gowns that are washed, pressed and folded at industrial laundries. You expect these linens and garments we use so intimately to be clean, but are they?

Think a laundry isn’t up to standard? Now you can contact the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and file a complaint.

Thanks to the CLEAN Act, the Department of Consumer Affairs is making sure.

Laundry plants operate far from the hospitals where we are patients, from the hotels where we rest after a long day, or the restaurants where we dine on that special occasion. Before the CLEAN Act, we had no way of knowing whether these giant laundries were taking proper precautions to provide clean linens to the healthcare providers and businesses we patronize. We just had to hope. Now we have real independent oversight to protect New Yorkers against the risks posed by unscrupulous laundry operators.

The CLEAN Act of New York City is groundbreaking legislation requiring laundries to deliver clean, safe linen and garments to the public. This legislation benefits customers, workers, and responsible owners by ensuring that all industrial laundries comply with standards that ensure the safety and cleanliness of linen and garments at our hospitals, hotels, and restaurants.

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Supporters of the CLEAN Act:

  • New York Communities for Change
  • Make the Road New York
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • SEIU Local 32BJ
  • SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents
  • Workers United Laundry Distribution and Food Service Joint Board
  • 1199 SEIU
  • Local 2013 of the UFCW