CMO COMMENTARY: SB 1017 Supports a Cleaner, Greener Tennessee

Posted at July 7, 2015 | By : | Categories : Our Team | 0 Comment

As of July 1 a statewide bill took effect in Tennessee that set new standards for how donation bin operators do business and provide Clothing & Shoe Recycling services in our neighborhoods.

If you are unfamiliar with SB 1017, Jennifer Kraus at News Channel 5 in Nashville has been doing a great job reporting on the changes that began this month. The motivation for these new regulation standards is to provide better information to Tennessee residents that are donating their unwanted clothing, shoes, household textiles and toys. We at ATRS have worked closely with legislators to develop the bill and fully support this new law which will help keep our Tennessee neighborhoods even cleaner & greener.

The main issue SB 1017 addresses is that of transparency. Legislators want to make it easy for communities to find out where their donated items and related funding go. Unfortunately some textile recycling bin operators falsely advertise that clothing, shoes & toys donated in their bins go directly to charities, while others claim to have charitable partnerships when in fact no such agreement exists.

It’s important for Tennessee residents to know what distinguishes ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recyclers from other donation bins they may see in their neighborhoods. When you drop something into one of these bright orange bins with the globe symbol and the MADD charity logo, you can be sure your donations go where they are needed most.

From local resale shops to second-hand clothing markets in developing nations to disaster relief efforts to factories that produce upholstery stuffing and wiping rags, the list of uses for these items is endless. Because ATRS supplies so many local, national and international distributors of post-consumer recycled textiles, the donated items we receive do not go to waste. All donations are weighed and every item creates much-needed funding for our local nonprofit partners at MADD TN while diverting unwanted waste from landfill at the same time.

As leading members of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association, ATRS holds itself to a high standard. We consistently meet or beat the SMART Code of Conduct, which sets guidelines for how we do business, how often we service our community recyclers and what we do to maintain the cleanliness of each donation center. These same guidelines for serviceability and cleanliness are mirrored by SB 1017.

Under this new law, all clothing donation bin operators that wish to do business in the State of Tennessee must register as Professional Solicitors and file the required financials. To learn more, please visit sos.tn.gov/donation-bins or sos.tn.gov/charitable. Contact the Division at 615-741-2555 or email Charitable.Solicitations@tn.gov.

We’re proud of our commitment to engaging our communities and appreciate our growing following on social media. Our Facebook page is a great place to learn more about what we do, or alert us about a bin that needs service during peak donation hours. Our 24-Hr Hotline at 866-900-9308 is attended by friendly operators. Callers receive quick, courteous help to locate their nearest donation bin, schedule a large pickup or recycle corporate shirts and logo gear. Additionally, we are very thankful for all of our neighbors in this market who help create funding for our nonprofit partners at MADD and others in need with their clothing & shoe donations. Thank you for your dedicated support!

Want to stay informed on the implementation and impact of SB 1017? Use hashtag #bincheck on Twitter to join the conversation! You can also send us questions, comments or concerns by tagging @atrsrecycling in your tweets or calling our 24-Hr Hotline at 866-900-9308.