Believe it or not: New York City's industrial laundries aren't like the Laundromat on your block. Industrial laundries are large factories that wash the napkins you use at restaurants, the gowns you wear at the doctor and the sheets you sleep on at hotels. Many of these factories have hundreds of workers handling hundreds, even thousands, of pounds of soiled linen a day.
Some laundry facilities are run like sweatshops by dirty owners who exploit workers and put pressure on workers to put quantity ahead of quality. That means that napkin you use at a restaurant might not be as clean as it could be
That's why I'm excited about the CLEAN ACT recently unveiled by New York City Councilmembers Ritchie Torres and Dan Garodnick. This bill would help our city's worst employers clean up their acts through regulation and licensing, making all the linen we use safer.
The CLEAN ACT would authorize new standards of cleanliness for industrial laundries and for laundry delivery trucks, which would improve the quality of industrial laundry jobs and prevent contamination of linens used by hotels, hospitals, restaurants and other businesses.