North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners

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Important Dates

August 20, 2021

NCALC 2021 Summer Meeting


Virtual via Zoom

Fall 2021—NCALC Annual Convention

(Details to be determined)

(in response to COVID-19, plans delayed until summer.)

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Our Values

We will do the right thing, be honest and fair in our dealings with each other and the public, and deserving of the trust of others.

We will be examples and encourage others to strive for excellence and advocate for and serve the greater good in our actions.

We gain strength, momentum and support in our business, families, and our association by the collective deliberation of all participants.

We understand that learning (gaining knowledge) is a life-long, every day requirement for continuous improvement in each of our local businesses.

We approach our industry which is our livelihood, with contagious enthusiasm, excitement, and devotion to our membership, our employees, customers, and communities.

NCALC 2021 Summer Meeting Announced

North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) will hold its 2021 Summer Meeting virtually on Noon-5pm on Friday, August 20, 2021. 

This event will be conducted virtually and will include opportunities for professional networking, an educational session, committee breakout sessions, and a meeting of the Board of Directors. 

Our educational program will feature Josh Greene, Water Treatment Consultant with Premier Water and Energy Technologies, Inc. All launderers and cleaners and those who support our industry are invited to participate. 

Advanced registration is required. See NCALC 20210820 Summer Meeting Registration Flyer.pdf for full details and registration information.

Maintaining Compliance for Closure or Ownership Changes of Dry-Cleaning Facilities
The Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act (DSCA) Program is aware of the potentially negative impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on dry-cleaning businesses in North Carolina.  During this time of uncertainty, the DSCA Program is available to assist you with any operational compliance issues or environmental regulatory questions. Unfortunately, some dry-cleaning facilities may close permanently or change ownership.  As a reminder, there are several environmental compliance steps you should take in the event you are permanently closing your full service dry cleaning plant to ensure environmental compliance.  
1.	Notify DSCA Compliance (inspector for your county found in the compliance calendar or at that you have or are planning to permanently close your dry-cleaning facility. If you cannot reach an inspector, please contact Delonda Alexander, DSCA Branch Head and Compliance Supervisor, at 919-707-8365 or
2.	Fill out and mail the “Facility Status/Change of Ownership Notification” post card form.  This form can be found in your DSCA compliance calendars and at
3.	Review and follow steps of “Best Management Practices for Decommissioning Dry-Cleaning Facilities (March 2021)” located at:
4.	A DSCA compliance inspector will make every effort to be on-site for the decommissioning, however if one cannot be present, please review and follow the “Recommended Photographs and Required Documents for Decommissioning Dry-Cleaning Facilities (April 2021)” located at:
5.	Contact a dry-cleaner mechanic or vendor who has competent experience working on dry-cleaning machines (maintenance, repairs and understands the NC environmental requirements).
6.	Contact your hazardous waste hauler and request extra waste containers to be delivered onsite prior to decommissioning (there seems to always be more, solvent, contact water, wastes in the machine than anticipated).
If your solvent is Perc, review and follow the “DSCA Rule Interpretation regarding transport of used perchloroethylene (perc)”. MMPRuleInterpretation_UsedSolventTransport_20190403.pdf
 8.	Determine the location where your dry-cleaning machine(s) will be removed to and provide that information to DSCA Compliance prior to initiating the decommissioning of the  machine(s).  If the machine(s) is going to a salvage yard or if you intend to sell or relocate the machine to another address, provide this information to DSCA Compliance.     PLEASE NOTE:  3rd generation machines can no longer be installed in NC.  
9.	There should be adequate spill cleanup materials onsite in the event that there is an unforeseen event leading to a release of solvent, waste or water containing solvent (contact water).     
10.	Follow the decommissioning practices for any ancillary equipment such as clothes press vacuum pumps, spotting tables, dip tanks, water proofing tanks, or waste water treatment units that contain or came in contact with solvent or water containing solvent or waste.  All waste must be properly removed and containerized in labeled waste drums.
11.	Any residual solvent, water containing solvent, wastes or spill bottoms (muck) that may be found in the DC machine spill containment must be recovered and drummed as waste.
12.	All wastes, water containing solvent (separator/contact water) and remaining solvent must be containerized and properly labeled and stored with in adequate spill containment until removed by a licensed transporter for disposal at a Treatment Storage and Disposal (TSD) facility.  
13.	Retain all Hazardous Waste Manifests, receipts and other documentation pertaining to the decommissioning.  You must maintain the Hazardous Waste manifest provided to you at the time of pickup.   You will also need to maintain the signed and dated copy of the manifest signed when the TSD takes responsibility for the waste generated by your facility.

We Are Turning the Corner
Hello again to all my dry cleaner friends across our great state and beyond.  Much has happened since my last letter to you. More and more individuals are getting vaccinated and the Covid numbers are continuing to drop. As I write this newsletter, the governor of NC has relaxed the mask mandates and people are starting to get back to the office. These are all good signs of recovering from this unprecedented blow to our country and world. I genuinely believe that if we can survive this economic setback, we can do anything. 
As I talk to cleaners throughout our state and the country, I am encouraged by the stories of an increase in dry cleaning garments and an increase in sales. I spoke to a distributor who told me that they were finally having trucks leave the warehouse completely loaded. Some cleaners are still having employment issues due to the lack of staff, but they are still incredibly happy and encouraged that business is beginning to return. They know that it is only temporary. 
At the end of March, our association held a COVID update meeting. It was a time that was set aside for members, managers, and allied trades representatives to share how COVID had impacted their businesses over the past year and what they had and were doing to adapt and survive these turbulent times. 
Many realized that they had to think outside the box by adding on new services like Wash Fluff and Fold, Area rug and carpet cleaning, Tennis shoe cleaning or shoe repair. 
It was an opportune time to start routes as many were shifting to a “work from home” model and contactless pick-up and delivery was becoming the wave of the future, the “new” or “now” normal.   
Many re-marketed their existing services through social media to remind or inform their customers of the services they provided. Keeping a positive outlook and being determined to come out stronger on the other side of this was a key point that kept being discussed.   You know, dry cleaners are a hardworking, hardheaded group. We do not ever just give up without a fight.  
We had a successful board meeting in April and have a lot of solid plans and ideas on the table to move our association forward. We compiled a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) Analysis which many on our board participated and submitted feedback.  
The purpose was to lay out an outline of where we are as an association, what direction we need to be moving in and most of all, how to best support our members and fellow cleaners. We are excited about some new members and allied trades that have inquired about joining NCALC. It is a great time to be involved with NCALC and DLI. The benefits far outweigh the cost of membership. 
Regarding DLI and all the Joint State Associations, I continue to be amazed at how hard these groups are working to assist in helping us to not only survive, but to become more efficient business owners and managers. I am on Zoom calls once a week with my peers and walk away with new fresh ideas each time, many that I can implement immediately. I was on a webinar about a month ago on boiler maintenance. I promptly took steps to make changes to my plant and over the course of the next year this change will more than pay for my membership. I highly encourage every cleaner to engage with DLI and NCALC. We are here to help one another. Please call or text me if you have questions. 
Yours in Service, 
Allan Cheatham
Shallotte Cleaners