Update on Mattress Recycling Legislation at Las Vegas Market

Market Trends, Public Policy, Collaborative Relationships All On The Agenda

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Members of the International Sleep Products Association and others in the mattress industry from across the nation will gather in Las Vegas January 28 through February 1, 2013 to attend, an international furnishings showcase that combines style, inspiration and productivity.

The International Sleep Products Association will conduct an informational session during the Las Vegas Market to help educate the industry on efforts being taken in several states to thwart burdensome mattress recycling laws that threaten mattress manufacturers and retailers. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29 at 3:00pm in Building B, space B-960.
Ryan Trainer, President of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) stated, “Our organization is very proud to again be participating in the Las Vegas Market. It provides us an additional platform to communicate with the industry about market trends and public policy issues facing our industry.”
Trainer continued, “The overreaching recycling proposals our industry faces could cost mattress manufacturers and retailers millions each year; costs which consumers will ultimately bear. Fortunately, many state Legislators have recognized the need to step in to craft and advocate for sound public policy that will address mattress recycling concerns and state mandates, maintain job creation, and won’t bankrupt our industry.”
In California, Senator Lou Correa, (D-Santa Ana) is doing just that for the 2013-2014 Legislative session. Correa stated, “A good mattress is essential to our lifestyle. Yet, at the end of its lifecycle, mattresses add tremendous strain on our landfills and contribute to community blight when they are dumped in our neighborhoods.

I am pleased to be crafting a legislative measure that balances landfill pressures and environmental concerns with industry concerns. My legislation will seek to strike a balance that will incentivize Californians to recycle used mattresses, thus easing the burden on our landfills and communities, while retaining valuable employers, creating new jobs and business opportunities. I am confident this proposal will create a win-win solution for industry, environmentalists and California consumers.”
ISPA applauds Senator Correa for his efforts in recognizing that an efficient industry and consumer-friendly mattress recycling program is a comprehensive solution. “ISPA looks forward to working diligently with Senator Correa and policymakers on his legislation this year,” noted ISPA’s Trainer.
For more information about ISPA: http://www.sleepproducts.org/

For more information about the Las Vegas Market: http://www.lasvegasmarket.com For more information about the recycling session: http://www.sleepproducts.org/ISPAInfoSession.html

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