Connecticut House of Representatives Approves Bill to Create Nation’s First Mattress Recycling Program

Connecticut House of Representatives approved legislation that would create the nation’s first mattress recycling program; International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) supported and helped craft this bill in collaboration with members of the House, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and City of Hartford; bill proceeds to Senate for vote.

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The legislation will increase the rate of mattress recycling, which will in turn reduce the impact of illegally discarded mattresses without threatening jobs.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 03, 2013

On Thursday, the Connecticut House of Representatives approved legislation that would create the nation’s first mattress recycling program. The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) supported and helped craft this bill. The legislation authorizes an industry-led recycling council to develop a mattress recycling program funded by a small fee collected at retail from consumers.

“We applaud Environment Committee Chair Representative Linda Gentile (D-Ansonia/Derby) and Ranking Member Representative John Shaban (R-Easton, Redding, Weston), along with bill sponsor Representative Pat Widlitz (D-Guilford, Branford), for their leadership in crafting a fair and practical mattress recycling bill. The Connecticut House of Representatives has advanced legislation that will increase the rate of mattress recycling, which will in turn reduce the impact of illegally discarded mattresses without threatening jobs,” said Ryan Trainer, ISPA President.

ISPA has been working with policymakers in the state, including the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the City of Hartford, to develop mattress recycling legislation that will allow residents in the state to easily recycle mattresses in a way that is good for the environment, consumers and industry. The legislation approved by the House reflects this effort. The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote.


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