Rodney Clara Joins MRC as Northern California Program Coordinator

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has hired Rodney Clara as its Northern California Program Coordinator. He will be responsible for working with municipalities, retailers and other mattress generators, transporters and recyclers in Northern California.

Clara’s previous experience includes a 14 year history in the recycling and reuse industry. He began his career with Goodwill Industries as a resource recovery manager developing waste reduction/recycling programs in northern California and served as vice president and director for three California electronics recycling companies. Clara most recently worked as the senior project manager for Hugo Neu Recycling in New York where he developed and managed a business/customer oriented recycling program for electronic waste. Rodney received a degree from Santa Monica College and studied Environmental Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“Rodney’s background demonstrates a proven track-record in deploying innovative recycling programs throughout California,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). “There are many transferable skills gained from his career in electronics waste recycling and his outside perspective will be valuable to our program team.”

MRC is a non-profit organization created by ISPA to develop and implement statewide recycling programs for California, Connecticut and Rhode Island, which all enacted mattress recycling laws in 2013. California’s program is expected to begin in early 2016. Currently, MRC is developing a comprehensive program plan which is due to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) by July 2015.

For more information about MRC implementation activities and the latest developments in mattress recycling, visit www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.

MRC Welcomes Mike O'Donnell as Managing Director

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has hired Mike O’Donnell as Managing Director to oversee the implementation of its mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Based in the Pacific Northwest, he will be responsible for leading MRC’s day-to-day operations and managing program coordinators as they work with their state’s municipalities, retailers (and other mattress generators), transporters and recyclers.

Previously O’Donnell served as a consultant to MRC as it developed its program plans for these states, which each enacted mattress recycling laws in 2013. O’Donnell has over 20 years of experience managing solid and hazardous waste collection programs for private and public entities, including the development of legislated statewide recycling programs for paint and mercury-containing lamps. He currently sits on the national board of directors for the North American Hazardous Materials Managers Association.

“Mike is well respected in the recycling industry and waste management arena and has demonstrated a strong understanding of regulatory and operational issues,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). “We are extremely pleased to have Mike become a permanent member of our team and are confident that he has the leadership abilities and project management skills to implement these programs efficiently and successfully.”

MRC is a non-profit organization created by ISPA to develop and implement statewide recycling programs for California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. MRC is preparing for a May 1, 2015 launch of the Connecticut Mattress Recycling Program. Meanwhile, it is developing comprehensive program plans for California and Rhode Island, both of which must be submitted to the respective states by July 2015. MRC’s programs in California and Rhode Island are expected to commence in early 2016.

For more information about MRC implementation activities and the latest developments in mattress recycling, visit www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.
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Connecticut’s Statewide Mattress Recycling Program to Begin May 1

On December 31, 2014 the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) approved the Connecticut Mattress Stewardship Plan developed by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the statewide mattress recycling program established by Public Act 13-42. This makes Connecticut the first state to work with MRC to implement a statewide mattress recycling program.

The approved plan requires that retailers add a $9 recycling fee to each new or renovated mattress and box spring sold to Connecticut consumers. Consumers will begin to see this fee as a separate line item on their receipt beginning on May 1. Retailers and other businesses selling mattresses will remit the fees to MRC. The fees will pay for contractors that will collect and recycle the mattresses.

“Today, Connecticut has taken another step towards reaffirming its leadership in materials management,” said Robert Klee Commissioner of DEEP. “I applaud the mattress industry for working with us to develop a solution that protects consumers, works efficiently with our existing municipal solid waste networks and values the recovery of the natural resources contained in the thousands of mattresses that are buried in landfills, lost to incineration or abandoned in our communities each year.”

This program will divert mattresses from the solid waste stream to recyclers who will extract valuable resources including steel, foam and cotton from each mattress. It also minimizes recycling costs to consumers because the statewide program creates an economy of scale.

“Responsibly managing discarded mattresses benefits consumers and the environment, and it’s most effective when done on a large scale,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC. “Through this law, the mattress industry has developed a self-sustaining infrastructure for handling these products.”

MRC estimates that in the United States at least 20 million mattresses and box springs are discarded each year when consumers replace their old mattress with a new one. This averages to about 50,000 daily.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the fee charged on any type of mattress?
The law defines mattress as a new or renovated mattress or box spring. It does not include: any mattress pad, mattress topper, sleeping bag, pillow, car bed, carriage, basket, dressing table, stroller, playpen, infant carrier, lounge pad, crib bumper, waterbed or air mattress, fold-out sofa bed or futon.

How can consumers recycle a mattress?
Consumers will continue to dispose of mattresses through traditional methods such as municipal collection or drop off, or retailer take back when a new mattress is delivered. These mattresses, which may have previously gone to a landfill or waste-to-energy facility, can now be recycled. Consumers may also drop off mattresses at designated recycling facilities at no charge.

What types of mattresses will the program accept for recycling?
Any mattress or box spring discarded by Connecticut consumers is eligible for recycling. However, the program will not accept:

• Severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or soiled mattresses or box springs
• Mattresses or box springs infested with bed bugs
• Mattress pads or toppers
• Sleeping bags
• Pillows
• Car beds
• Juvenile products (i.e., carriage, basket, dressing table, stroller, playpen, infant carrier, lounge pad, or crib bumpers)
• Crib and bassinet mattresses
• Water beds or camping air mattresses
• Fold-out sofa beds
• Futons and furniture

CalRecycle Issues Proposed Regulations for the Used Mattress Recovery & Recycling Program

CalRecycle has issued Proposed Regulations for the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Program and began a 45-day comment period on the regulations that closes on February 11, 2015. A Public Hearing will be held on the proposed regulations on February 11, 2015 at CalRecycle. Further information may be found here http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Laws/Rulemaking/Mattresses/default.htm.

Mattress Recycling in the United States

MRC’s President Ryan Trainer and Vice President Chris Hudgins recently spoke to the National Recycling Coalition about mattress recycling in the United States. Learn more about how a mattress is recycled, common uses for the components and how MRC’s statewide programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island will work.

Mattress Recycling Council to Host California Stakeholder Meeting on Dec. 9

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization established by the mattress industry and certified by CalRecycle to implement the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act, will be hosting an in-person stakeholder meeting  in Oakland, Calif. MRC will provide an update on the California program. Affected stakeholders include mattress manufactures, retailers, consumers, solid waste facilities, and others throughout the state. We welcome your participation as we develop this program.

The meeting will be held:
Tuesday, Dec. 9
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Waste Management Inc.
172 98th Ave.
Oakland, CA 94603

There will be no call-in option for this meeting, however MRC will be hosting topic specific webinars throughout 2015 to reach affected stakeholders. For more information, please sign-up here to receive updates.

MRC’s Industry and Community Outreach Efforts

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has been engaging with industry and community stakeholders as it prepares to launch mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Of note, MRC recently hosted a booth at the Southern California Waste Management Forum (SCWMF) Annual Conference in Pomona, CA. The event was an opportunity for MRC staff to speak with solid waste professionals who might be affected by the new mattress recycling program created by California Senate Bill 254. More than 150 attendees representing solid waste hauling companies, landfill and transfer stations, consultants, and municipalities asked questions about the MRC program and learned how they can participate. It was also an opportunity to hear from solid waste programs already handling and recycling mattresses and to discuss their current challenges. Earlier this fall, MRC also met with more than 30 municipalities at Connecticut’s Annual Conference of Municipalities to encourage program participation. MRC will attend the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns Annual Convention in January 2015.

Mattress Recycling Council Hires Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Alexandria, VAThe Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has hired Amanda Wall to coordinate the communications aspects of its recycling programs in Connecticut, Rhode Island and California. MRC is a non-profit organization created by the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) to develop and implement statewide recycling programs for these states, which each enacted mattress recycling laws in 2013.

In her new role as MRC’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Wall brings eight years of communications experience to MRC, having worked with various public relations agencies, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Texas State Senator Jane Nelson’s district office. Most recently, she served as an Account Executive at Cooksey Communications in Irving, Texas, where she was responsible for public education and outreach activities for various issues, such as transportation, energy and water conservation, as well as corporate communications and brand management for Dallas-Fort Worth area businesses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism – Public Relations from the University of North Texas and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas.

“We are delighted to have a seasoned public relations professional like Amanda join the MRC team,” said Ryan Trainer, president of both MRC and ISPA. “As we develop and implement the state mattress recycling programs, we will rely on her strengths in media relations, communication strategy and consumer marketing to raise awareness of mattress recycling and encourage public engagement in the programs.”

Mattress recycling programs will launch in early 2015 in Connecticut and in early 2016 in Rhode Island and California. For more information about MRC implementation activities and the latest developments in mattress recycling, visit www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.

Mattress Recycling Council Hires Southern California Program Coordinator

(ALEXANDRIA, VA) – The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has hired Mark Patti as its Southern California Program Coordinator. Mr. Patti will work with municipalities, retailers and other generators of mattresses, transporters and recyclers as MRC develops and implements its mattress recycling program in the state. MRC is a non-profit organization created by the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) to develop statewide recycling programs in the three states that passed mattress recycling laws in 2013 (California, Connecticut and Rhode Island). MRC’s objective is to facilitate mattress recycling in a consumer friendly, efficient and cost-effective manner.

“We are very pleased to have Mark join the MRC team as our Southern California Program Coordinator,” said Ryan Trainer, president of both MRC and ISPA. “MRC will benefit greatly from Mark’s extensive experience in the recycling and environmental communities as we establish a robust mattress recycling program for California residents.”

MRC will submit its mattress recycling plan to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) in July 2015. Once approved, the California program will be administered by MRC under CalRecycle’s oversight, with the program formally commencing in early 2016. The program will be funded by a visible point-of-purchase fee that retailers and other mattress sellers will collect from consumers. The fee for California has yet to be determined but will apply to each mattress and foundation unit sold to consumers in the state.

For more information about the Mattress Recycling Council, state-specific implementation activities and the latest developments in mattress recycling, please visit us at: http://www.matressrecyclingcouncil.org.

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a non-profit organization that will develop and operate mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. In 2013, all three states passed laws requiring mattress manufacturers to develop programs to manage discarded mattresses.

Connecticut Mattress Recycling Program Municipalities Information

MRC welcomes municipality participation so residents have local access to recycling services. Participating municipalities will receive collection containers they can use to aggregate discarded mattresses for pickup and recycling.

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