DAILY NEWS Mar 27, 2014 9:50 AM - 1 comment

NPE detergents nearing phase-out for US textiles

TEXT SIZE bigger text smaller text
By: HazMat Staff

As members of the Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) move closer to a complete phase out of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) from detergent, the progress is drawing praise from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Speaking at TRSA’s Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe called it a “remarkable accomplishment” that 85 per cent of TRSA members are now using NPE-free formulas and the other 15 per cent are on schedule to make the change.

Perciasepe also helped guide the adoption of rules that enable shop towels (wipes) to avoid regulation as solid waste. The action prevented wipes from being classified as hazardous waste and being subjected to costly transportation and disposal requirements.

Both the wiper rule and NPE phase-out must be continuing efforts, Perciasepe noted. Because the rule amends the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which individual states interpret to implement, all must adopt the new terminology to maximize its effectiveness. In the case of NPE, the agency could make it illegal to use these compounds in detergent, but would rather see non-members comply voluntarily.

“We have a couple of tasks in front of us,” Perciasepe said. “But my main purpose in coming here was to thank you for your work and show you how it fits into the larger context of what we are trying to do.”

Because of such collaboration, the textile services industry has more sustainable detergent and shop towel users have a better way to recycle and remove solvents. 


NPE [Free Digital Photos.Net/ Vectorolie]
Larger photo & full caption

File size: 76.2 KB (277px X 400px)
Caption: NPE [Free Digital Photos.Net/ Vectorolie]

Horizontal ruler

Reader Comments

Most recent firstOldest first


Our industry has been working hard to phase-out NPE detergents not "NPE-free detergents" as the headline states. Throughout the article it is stated correctly however the headline is incorrect.

Posted March 28, 2014 02:10 PM

Horizontal Ruler

Post A Comment

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that Hazardous Material Magazine has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published and those that are published will not be edited. However, all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Your Name (this will appear with your post) *

Email Address (will not be published) *

Comments *

* mandatory fields

Multimedia Center

Current IssuePrint Archives

Digital Edition
In-depth analysis of current issues related to environmental performance,emergency response, safety and waste management.

Go To: Digital Edition
Go To: Print Archives
Go To: Subscribe

Go To More Classified Ads