Cleaning Up Dirty Laundries

New York City Councilmembers Ritchie Torres and Dan Garodnick made headlines in 2015 when they introduced game-changing legislation to clean up NYC’s industrial laundry industry.

Improving quality at industrial laundry facilities protects our health.

The City Laundry Equity and Accountability (CLEAN) Act is one of the first bills in the country seeking to regulate linen quality in this industry.

People holding Workers United banners

How does the CLEAN Act work?

Under the CLEAN ACT:

  • There are new standards of cleanliness for industrial laundries and for laundry delivery trucks to help prevent the contamination of linens used by hotels, hospitals and restaurants across the city.
  • Industrial laundries are required to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in a way similar to how the city oversees retail laundromats and dry cleaners.
  • Facilities and delivery trucks that violate the new cleanliness standards and codes may not have their licenses renewed, and without licenses would not be allowed to continue operating in the City.

The CLEAN Act is a national model for other cities and states, but more importantly it could help prevent a health crisis from dirty linen.

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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