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.

Learn more…

Mattress Recycling Informational Videos for Retailers

Preparations for launching mattress-recycling programs in Connecticut, California and Rhode Island are moving ahead. The Mattress Recycling Council released three videos that provide mattress retailers the basic information they need regarding the new recycling laws in these states.

Connecticut is the first state to implement its mattress-recycling program, which is expected to start in early 2015. Rhode Island and California will follow a year later.

The first video presents a broad overview of:

  • Why these new laws were enacted
  • Who will implement the new laws
  • Who pays for the mattress recycling
  • The retailer’s role in the MRC mattress recycling process
The second video explains a simple, three-step process that Connecticut retailers can follow to comply with the mattress-recycling laws.
The final video introduces Connecticut retailers to the MRC’s Northeast program coordinator, Justine Fallon. Fallon will work with retailers, transfer stations, recyclers, consumers and other parties to make sure the Connecticut MRC program is a success.

Additional state-specific videos will be produced as the MRC programs evolve in California and Rhode Island. In addition to the videos, MRC is preparing education materials that will be available online for all interested parties.

“Retailer participation is an important part of the state recycling programs,” said Ryan Trainer, MRC president. “We need retailers to be fully aware of the benefits the programs will provide to them, their customers and the states in which they sell mattresses, as well as their obligations under these laws. The release of these videos will help advance this process, so these programs can be implemented in a consumer-friendly, efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Mattress Recycling Council Hires Program Coordinator

Justine Fallon(Alexandria, VA) — The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is pleased to announce that Justine Fallon has been hired as MRC’s Northeast Program Coordinator. In this capacity, Ms. Fallon will act a liaison between mattress collection sites, transporters and recyclers.
MRC is a non-profit organization created by the International Sleep Products Association to develop statewide recycling programs in the three states that passed mattress recycling laws in 2013 (Connecticut, Rhode Island and California). MRC’s objective is to facilitate mattress recycling in a consumer friendly, efficient and cost-effective manner.

“We are excited to welcome Justine to the MRC team,” said Ryan Trainer, president of both MRC and ISPA. “With years of experience in solid waste and recycling programs, local outreach, contracting and vendor communications, Justine’s skill set is just what we need to develop and launch the Connecticut mattress recycling program. Her expertise will help us establish robust and successful mattress recycling options for Connecticut residents.”

MRC filed its Connecticut plan with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on July 1, 2014, as required by law. Once approved by DEEP, the Connecticut program will be administered by MRC under DEEP’s oversight. The program will be funded by a visible point-of-purchase fee that retailers will collect from consumers. MRC has proposed a $9 recycling fee for each mattress and foundation unit sold in the state. The fee is subject to Connecticut sale tax. DEEP has 90 days to review MRC’s proposed plan and fee for compliance with state law.

For additional information about the Mattress Recycling Council, state implementation timelines and the latest legislative developments in mattress recycling, please visit us at: http://mattressrecyclingcouncil.org

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Q&A Session at Las Vegas Market for Mattress Retailers and Manufacturers

(Alexandria, VA) – The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is hosting an informal mattress recycling Q&A session during the Las Vegas Market in the ISPA Lounge, Building B, Space 954 on Monday, July 28th between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Retailers and other market attendees are encouraged to drop by to get their questions answered and learn more about how the industry is preparing to implement new mattress recycling laws in Connecticut, Rhode Island and California.

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has formed the MRC, a non-profit organization, to develop efficient, cost-effective and consumer friendly mattress recycling programs for all three states. The Connecticut program is expected to take effect in early 2015, and the California and Rhode Island programs will launch in early 2016.

“Mattress retailers and others tell us that they want an opportunity to talk about these laws and get their questions answered,” said Ryan Trainer, president of both ISPA and MRC.  “We think this informal Q&A approach will encourage more one-on-one discussions, better fit Las Vegas Market attendees’ busy schedules, and help them get the details they need.”

For additional information about the Mattress Recycling Council, state implementation timelines and the latest legislative developments in mattress recycling, visit http://mattressrecyclingcouncil.org

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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.

Rhode Island Signs Nation's Second Mattress Recycling Bill into Law

(Alexandria, VA) – On July 15, 2013 Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation into law that would create the nation’s second mattress recycling program. The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) worked closely with Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and House Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chair Representative Arthur Handy to craft legislation that will recycle used mattresses in Rhode Island.  The legislation tasks mattress manufacturers in Rhode Island with creating an organization to responsibly collect and process discarded mattresses throughout the Ocean State. 

“We were pleased to work with state officials to develop legislation that promotes the proper disposal of mattresses while keeping costs low and creating jobs,” noted ISPA Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Christopher Hudgins. “The Rhode Island law follows industry-supported legislation that recently passed in Connecticut and serves as a model for other states interested in tackling this important issue.”

The new law requires mattress manufacturers to propose a detailed plan for mattress recycling in Rhode Island by July 1, 2015.  The program will create opportunities for all mattresses in Rhode Island to be recycled and will help combat the issue of illegally dumped mattresses.

Similar mattress recycling legislation is currently working its way through the California Legislature.