California State Assembly Approves SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) Which Would Create A Used Mattress Recycling Program

Sacramento, CA – On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the California State Assembly voted to approve SB 254 authored by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) by a 63-10 bipartisan vote.

SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) creates a used mattress recycling program that will have a dedicated funding mechanism, reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harness existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, create jobs, and minimize costs to both government and consumers.

International Sleep Products Association President, Ryan Trainer commented, “We are very pleased the members of the California State Assembly recognize the merits of SB 254. All stakeholders collaborated to help refine this legislation into a used mattress recycling policy that will benefit consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and the environment.  This is an effective and efficient piece of legislation and ISPA is proud to be a part of the solution in dealing with recycling used mattresses.”

SB 254 enjoys a broad range of support from industry, retailers, cities and counties, local elected officials, and waste management organizations. Per the legislation, SB 254 creates a non-profit mattress recycling organization whose duty would be to plan, implement and administer a state system to collect discarded used mattresses, dismantle them and recycle their materials for use in new products. The program will be sustained by collecting a nominal fee at retail on the sale of new mattresses and box-springs.

Many of the SB 254 coalition members recently participated in a press conference to demonstrate their support to the legislation.  During the event, co-author of SB 254, Senator Lou Correa stated, “Californians buy about 4 million new mattresses and box springs each year, and discard roughly 2 million units.  Dealing with discarded mattresses is a big job for this state.  The goals set forth in SB 254 establish a sound foundation to move California forward in further preserving and protecting our communities from blight.”

SB 254 provides Californians with a comprehensive mattress recycling solution that is consumer-friendly, cost-effective and efficient. The program authorized by SB 254 is very similar to existing recycling systems in California and other states for other consumer products.

Shelly Sullivan representing Californians for Mattress Recycling stated, “Californians are committed to their recycling practices.  SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) simply puts a price on used mattresses akin to California’s bottle and can recycling program and gives Californians another avenue to broaden the scope of the state’s recycling portfolio.”

In the next few days SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) will move to the Senate Floor for a concurrence vote.

Californians for Mattress Recycling is an ad hoc group representing stakeholders united in their support for efficient and practical mattress recycling.  For more information contact Shelly Sullivan at (916) 858-8686 or go to:  http://www.ca4mattressrecycling.org

 

 

Let’s Put The Used Mattress Recycling Legislation To Bed, SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) Press Conference Demonstrates Broad-Based Support

SACRAMENTO, CA – September 05, 2013
Wednesday, California State Senators Loni Hancock (SD-9, Berkeley) and Lou Correa (SD-34, Santa Ana); Mark Murray, Californians Against Waste; Ryan Trainer, President, International Sleep Products Association; and others joined Californians for Mattress Recycling in a press conference discussing the merits of SB 254.

When explaining SB 254, Senator Hancock said, “SB 254 will remove used mattresses from our streets, help create new green jobs, and save money for local governments. SB 254 is a practical and innovative solution to a serious problem.”

Per the language in the legislation, SB 254 will establish an economical and practical system for recycling used mattresses, reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harness existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, and minimize costs to both government and consumers.

Senator Lou Correa stated, “Californians buy about 4 million new mattresses and box springs each year, and discard roughly 2 million units. Dealing with discarded mattresses is a big job for this state. The goals set forth in SB 245 establish a sound foundation to move California forward in further preserving and protecting our communities from blight.”

The intent of SB 254 is to create a used mattress recycling program that will keep old mattresses out of landfills, off highways, and out of vacant lots and alleys. The result provides Californians with a comprehensive mattress recycling solution that is consumer friendly and efficient. The SB 254 model is now very similar to existing successful recycling systems in California for paint and used carpet, and is similar to other used mattress recycling legislation signed into law in Rhode Island and Connecticut earlier this year.

“Used mattresses currently represent over $20 million cost and blight for California communities,” said CAW Executive Director Mark Murray. “SB 254 implements a model producer responsibility solution that will turn this disposal cost into a jobs and recycling benefit. This will mean more convenience for consumers, cost savings for communities, and job growth for recycling businesses.”

Enjoying a broad range of support, many coalition partners were in attendance at the press conference such as representatives from the California Retailers Association, the California Apartment Association, CalChamber, and Blue Marble Materials, a mattress recycling facility.

In noting the support of the coalition, International Sleep Products Association President, Ryan Trainer stated, “By keeping focused on the common goal of creating a comprehensive used mattress recycling program, we have been able to put our differences aside, make practical compromises and remain loyal to the intent of creating legislation that will meet the needs of consumers, the environment and business.”

SB 254 creates a non-profit mattress recycling organization whose duty would be to plan, implement and administer a state system to collect discarded used mattresses, dismantle them and recycle their materials for use in new products. The program will be sustained by collecting a nominal fee at retail on the sale of new mattresses and box-springs. The fee collected does not go into government coffers, but is remitted directly to the organization responsible for running the mattress-recycling program.

Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs for the California Apartment Association, said, ‘The bill provides a free and convenient way for a renter to get rid of an old mattress before moving out. A tenant who takes advantage of the bill can get back more of his or her security deposit since the cost of disposal isn’t left with the landlord, Carlton said.

In closing, Shelly Sullivan representing Californians for Mattress Recycling stated, “SB 254 is a fantastic illustration of what is possible. It strikes a carefully considered balance that will increase used mattress recycling, reduce urban blight from illegally dumped mattresses, and cut local and municipal government costs, while at the same time financing the process in a sustainable and equitable manner.”

SB 254 will now move to the Assembly Floor for approval.  You can watch the press conference here.

SB 254 Press Conference -- Mattress Recycling Done Right

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

California State Senators Loni Hancock (SD-9, Berkeley); Lou Correa (SD-34, Santa Ana); Ryan Trainer, President, International Sleep Products Association; Mark Murray, Californians Against Waste and others will join Californians for Mattress Recycling in a press conference discussing the merits of SB 254.

SB 254 establishes a pubic policy program for the management of used mattresses that will create an economical and practical system for recycling used mattresses, reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harness existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, and minimize costs to both government and consumers.

Press Conference will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

State Capitol – West Steps
Visual – Used Mattresses on the Capitol West Steps

California State Senator Loni Hancock (SD-9, Berkeley
California State Senator Lou Correa (SD-34, Santa Ana)
Mr. Ryan Trainer, International Sleep Products Association
Mr. Mark Murray, Californians Against Waste
Ms. Shelly Sullivan, Californians for Mattress Recycling

Californians for Mattress Recycling is an ad hoc group representing stakeholders united in their support for efficient and practical mattress recycling.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11086435.htm

SB 254 – A CALL TO ACTION!

Please Take Action Today — As you have been reading, the industry sponsored and supported legislation, SB 254 (Hancock/Correa), is on course during the final few weeks of California’s legislative session.

The next vote is a critical one – the Assembly Floor.  We need ALL California mattress manufacturers, vendors, sales teams, and employees to voice their support of SB 254 with their Assembly Member.

Please take a few moments from your day to submit a letter to your Assembly Member (instructions below) and make a call to the District and Legislative offices to voice your support.

We also ask for you to encourage everyone involved in your business to follow the ‘Take Action’ button above to submit a letter of support for SB 254.  The body of the letter has been created, you may send it as it is or you may add a personal introduction and closure.

Thank you to those who have previously submitted support letters.  Now that our audience is the entire Assembly we need to ask each and every one of you, plus your professional network, to take a few more minutes to go through the submission process again.  The ‘Take Action’ page will ask for the zip codes and the letters will be assigned to the Assembly Members from that information.

Next step – calls to the Assembly Members’ offices.  We are asking that you call both the District Office and the Capitol Office.  You do not have to speak directly to the Assembly Member, you may also talk to the Chief of Staff or Legislative Director.  You will need to identify yourself as a constituent and let them know you are in strong support of SB 254 and hope you can count on the Legislator’s ‘aye’ vote when it comes up on the Assembly Floor for a vote.  Leave them your name and number should they wish to call you back.

If you are unsure of the appropriate Assembly Member office to connect with please call Shelly Sullivan at (916) 858-8686 or email ssullivan@onemain.com to obtain the name and telephone numbers.

Important things to remember about SB 254 is it creates a used mattress recycling program that will have a dedicated funding mechanism, reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harness existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, create jobs, and minimize costs to both government and consumers.

Thank you again for your commitment to our efforts.

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS FOR SB 254!

If you missed the press release — this week, the California Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee approved SB 254 by a bipartisan vote of 7 to 0.  

Over the past few weeks, we have been diligently working with state officials and other stakeholders to address some of their concerns surrounding SB 254.  The bill, as approved, contains several minor amendments that we have negotiated with state officials and other stakeholders to address several of their concerns. 

 International Sleep Products Association President, Ryan Trainer testified in support of the bill at the hearing, as did several of our coalition partners.  The feedback from the Members of the Natural Resources Committee was overall very positive, they are invested in the issue and supportive of the spirit of the legislation.  

This is an important milestone in our work to persuade the California Assembly to approve SB 254.  The bill now proceeds to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee, and then to the full Assembly floor for a vote.  Since the Assembly has amended the bill, it will need to be considered by the Senate again once it passes the Assembly.  We expect the full Assembly and the Senate to consider the bill in early September.

Used Mattress Recycling Legislation Continues To Gain Support

Used Mattress Recycling Legislation Continues To Gain Support
SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) Approved in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee 

Sacramento, CA — On Monday, August 12, 2013, California’s Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) by a 7-0 bipartisan vote.

The intent of SB 254 is to create a used mattress recycling program that will keep old mattresses out of landfills, off highways, and out of vacant lots and alleys.  Per the authors of the legislation, Senator Loni Hancock representing Berkeley and Senator Lou Correa representing Santa Ana, this type of legislation creates a win-win situation by furthering California’s overall recycling goals.

Specifically, SB 254 creates a used mattress recycling program that will have a dedicated funding mechanism, reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harness existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, create jobs, and minimize costs to both government and consumers.

International Sleep Products Association President, Ryan Trainer stated, “We are very pleased with the progress SB 254 is making.  All stakeholders continue to work together to help refine this legislation into a used mattress recycling policy that will benefit consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and the environment.  We give a lot of credit to the authors of SB 254 along with our co-sponsors and coalition supporters; compromises have been made by all in order to move SB 254 forward.”

The result provides Californians with a comprehensive mattress recycling solution that is consumer friendly and efficient.  The SB 254 model is very similar to existing successful recycling systems in California for paint and used carpet and similar to other 2013 used mattress recycling legislation signed into law in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

SB 254 enjoys a broad range of support from industry, retailers, cities and counties, local elected officials, and waste management organizations.  It creates a non-profit mattress recycling organization whose duty would be to plan, implement and administer a state system to collect discarded used mattresses, dismantle them and recycle their materials for use in new products. The program will be sustained by collecting a nominal fee at retail on the sale of new mattresses and box-springs.  The fee collected does not go into government coffers; rather, it is remitted directly to the NGO responsible for sustaining the mattress- recycling program.

Shelly Sullivan representing Californians for Mattress Recycling stated, “SB 254 is a fantastic illustration as to what is possible. It strikes a carefully considered balance that will increase used mattress recycling, reduce urban blight from illegally dumped mattresses, and cut local and municipal government costs, while at the same time financing the process in a sustainable and equitable manner.”

 

During the next few weeks, SB 254 will move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee and then on to the Assembly Floor for approval.

 

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Mattress manufacturers get out in front of proposed tax

AS REPORTED BY CAL WATCHDOG.COM:

August 11th, 2013
By Katy Grimes

Many still believe it’s a crime to remove the “Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law” tag from a mattress. Chances are they would never illegally dump an old mattress either. But, in many areas of the state, illegally dumped mattresses are a problem — a big enough problem that the Legislature is now addressing it.

National Lampoon 'Crime' cover, Feb. 1972SB 254 by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, would mandate mattress manufacturers to pay the entire cost of mattress recycling — a cost which would undoubtedly be tacked on to the price of a new mattress. It  has already been passed by the Senate and will be heard in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Monday.

The bill would require mattress manufacturers to organize, operate and pay for all mattress recycling in the state. “Illegally dumped mattresses are a terrible blight on our communities,” Hancock said in a press release.  “They not only deface a neighborhood but they can become a health hazard and a breeding ground for mold and pests. Cash-strapped cities are forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars collecting and disposing of abandoned mattresses.  That’s money that could be better spent on police and other vital services for the community.”

But it’s already illegal to dump a mattress, isn’t it? Yes it is.

Hancock says that doesn’t mean the problem of mattress dumping isn’t real. And while she acknowledges that mattress recycling is a very labor-intensive and cost-prohibitive business, she maintains SB 254 will alleviate that.

Why are manufacturers held responsible? This is California

So why is the illegal dumping of old mattresses the responsibility of manufacturers? Old abandoned cars are not the responsibility of General Motors. Abandoned homes are not the responsibility of the builder.

Adding another fee to consumers is rarely a good option. But faced with the Democratic supermajority in the Legislature, which almost always seeks to impose mandates, regulations and additional costs on private sector businesses, mattress manufacturers chose to get out in front of the problem rather than wait to be regulated without any input. SB 254 could be a win-win, without actually costing Californians much more at checkout.

In an interview in April with Christopher Hudgins, with the International Sleep Products Association, he said there are several issues with old mattresses, besides the unsightly abandoned mattress street litter in some areas of the state. Faced with Hancock’s bill and a potential mandate, his association worked up an alternative solution.

Many mattress manufacturers already recycle old mattresses — the materials are highly recyclable.  But it is expensive and labor-intensive, according to Hudgins. And some mattress manufacturers say they recycle the old mattresses, not by destroying them, but by selling them to a third party for refurbishment and eventual resale. The problem is, the old mattresses aren’t always refurbished properly prior to being sold again.

Mattress recycling could become much bigger business

There are currently eight locations which recycle mattresses in California. While the current process to dismantle and turn used mattresses into raw materials for reuse is arduous, this is the reason a fee is needed to offset these costs.

However, supporters of SB 254 believe as the recycling law is implemented, and the financial incentive is created, more recycling centers will open. Some will become more automated than others, supporters claim this will create jobs, while removing the burden of having used mattresses in our landfills, and diminishing the illegal dumping of used mattresses.

I asked Shelly Sullivan, the spokeswoman for Californians for Mattress Recycling, what this program will cost the state. Sullivan said the newly created organization would reimburse the state for appropriate oversight costs.

As for a mechanism to measure accountability, Sullivan said, “The organization’s activities will be transparent and open to public input, and subject to annual performance and financial audits that would be published on its website.”

What criteria will be used to measure the success of the program? “The state’s oversight authority would confirm whether the organization has met its statutory obligations,” Sullivan explained.

Mattress recycling organization would be non-profit

If enacted, SB 254 would create a non-profit mattress recycling organization made up of retailers and manufacturers whose duty would be to plan, implement, and administer a state system to collect discarded used mattresses, dismantle them and recycle their materials for use in new products.

According to the bill analysis, “This bill establishes the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act (Act), which requires mattress manufacturers and retailers to develop a mattress stewardships program to increase the recovery and recycling of used mattresses to reduce illegal dumping.”

SB 254 would require mattress manufacturers to submit a recovery and recycling plan to CalRecycle by April 1, 2015. Consistent with existing state policy, the plans would have a goal of recycling at least 75 percent of used mattresses in California by Jan. 1, 2020.

– See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2013/08/11/mattress-manufacturers-get-out-in-front-of-proposed-tax/#sthash.SAkmz94d.dpuf

 

If you didn't read it, you should!

Bakersfield Californian op-ed authored by Mr. Eric Slagle, supporting SB 254 (Hancock/Correa), was reposted on a Capitol insider political news website FLASHREPORT.

Thank you Flashreport for covering California’s most significant political news!

Mattress Recycling Finally Getting Attention It Deserves—At Least in Three States

One down and 49 more to go could soon turn into three down and 47 more to go.  What I am referring to is efforts in the 50 states to create statewide recycling programs for used mattresses. As reported in Green Lodging news, earlier this year Connecticut passed legislation to create the infrastructure for a mattress recycling program.  Read more about Mattress Recycling finally getting the attention it deserves!

Mattress Recycling - It's the Law!

Connecticut passes the nation’s first mattress recycling law! California and other states are taking a similar course.

What does this mean for you?

These laws will substantially change how retailers, manufacturers, consumers and others handle discarded mattresses.

Join us for an interactive presentation on the latest developments in mattress recycling and how it will impact you and your business — no matter where you operate.

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