Mattress Industry to Establish a Mattress Recycling Program in Connecticut

TIME-SENSITIVE: YOUR REQUIREMENTS UNDER CONNECTICUT PUBLIC ACT 13-42, RELATING TO MATTRESS RECYCLING

In May 2013, Connecticut enacted Public Act 13-42, which requires the mattress industry to establish a mattress recycling program in the state. To meet this requirement, the International Sleep Products Association, the trade association for the mattress industry, created a non-profit organization, Mattress Recycling Council (MRC). MRC serves as the organization required by the law to plan and implement that state’s mattress recycling program.

Public Act 13-42, requires all mattress and mattress foundation producers, renovators and importers selling or distributing mattresses in Connecticut to join MRC by July 1, 2014.  To join MRC, you must register with the organization at www.mrcreporting.org. There is no cost to join the MRC and registration information will only be used by MRC and the state to determine compliance with the requirements of the law.

FAILURE TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT PROHIBITS YOU FROM SELLING MATTRESSES IN CONNECTICUT.

For further information see Public Act 13-42 which, in part, states:

Sec. 1 (8)”Mattress” means any resilient material or combination of materials that is enclosed by a ticking, that is used alone or in combination with other products, and that is intended for or promoted for sleeping upon. “Mattress” includes any foundation, renovated foundation or renovated mattress. “Mattress” does not include any of the following: (A) An unattached mattress pad, an unattached mattress topper, including any item with resilient filling, with our without ticking, that is intended to be used with or on top of a mattress, (B) a sleeping bag or pillow, (C) a car bed, (D) juvenile products, including a carriage, basket, dressing table, stroller, playpen, infant carrier, lounge pad, crib bumper and any pad for such juvenile product, (E) a product that contains liquid or gaseous filled ticking, including any water bed or any air mattress that does not contain upholstery material between the ticking and the mattress core, or (F) any upholstered furniture that does not otherwise contain a detachable mattress, including, but not limited, to a fold-out sofa bed or a futon;

Sec. 1 (15) “Producer” means any person who manufactures or renovates a mattress that is sold, offered for sale or distributed in the state under the producer’s own name or brand. “Producer” includes (A) the owner of a trademark or brand under which a mattress is sold, offered for sale or distributed in this state, whether or not such trademark or brand is registered in this state, and (B) any person who imports a mattress into the United States that is sold or offered for sale in this state and that is manufactured or renovated by a person who does not have a presence in the United States;

Sec. 2. (a) On or before July 1, 2014, each producer, or such producer’s designee, shall join the mattress recycling council and by said date such council shall submit a plan, for the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection’s approval, to establish a state-wide mattress stewardship program, as described in this subsection.

Sec. 2. (i) …Any producer who fails to participate in such program shall not sell mattresses in this state.

For questions please visit www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org or contact Mike O’Donnell, MRC Program Director, at mikeo@mattressrecyclingcouncil.org

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

May 3, 2013 (Alexandria, VA) – 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.

Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry.  As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents nearly 700 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world.

 ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership.  These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications, and more.

 To learn more, visit www.sleepproducts.org or contact info@sleepproducts.org.

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

GOVERNOR BROWN, JR. SIGNS SB 254 INTO LAW

SACRAMENTO — SB 254 (Hancock/Correa), which has enjoyed bipartisan support throughout the legislative process, creates a practical and efficient 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.

In his signing message, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., stated, “I applaud the efforts of the authors in creating a program to lessen impacts to California landfills, reduce costs to local governments, and remove blight in rural and inner city neighborhoods.”

This new law is supported by a broad range of groups, including industry, retailers, recyclers, cities and counties, local elected officials, and waste management organizations. Per the legislation, SB 254 creates a non-profit mattress recycling organization whose duty will 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.

International Sleep Products Association President Ryan Trainer stated, “This is a great day for our industry, the environment and California consumers. All stakeholders collaborated to help refine this legislation into a used mattress recycling policy that will provide a practical and innovative solution to a serious problem.  This is an effective and efficient piece of public policy legislation and ISPA is proud to be a part of the solution in dealing with properly recycling used mattresses.”

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.  California is the third state in the country to pass a used mattress recycling law this year.

Shelly Sullivan representing Californians for Mattress Recycling stated, “We would like to thank the authors, the co-sponsors and all stakeholders who participated in the process and remained so committed to SB 254.  We know Californians take pride in their recycling practices.  SB 254 simply gives Californians another avenue to broaden the scope of the state’s recycling portfolio.”

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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

Call and write Governor Brown today asking him to sign the Mattress Recycling Bill!

We need ALL mattress manufacturers, suppliers, sales teams, retailers and employees based in or doing business in California to contact Governor Brown and voice their support for SB 254 with both a letter and a phone call. Don’t worry, ISPA and Californians for Mattress Recycling have made it easy. It takes only a few moments. 

Please click here to electronically submit a letter to Governor Brown. We have already composed the body of the letter for you and you can add your own comments and relevant information. The contact number for the Governor’s office is (916) 445-2841. You simply need to let them know who you are, where you are based, that you strongly support SB 254 and that you ask the Governor to sign this important piece of legislation.

SB 254 IS HEADED TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) Creates A Used Mattress Recycling Program

Sacramento, CA – On Thursday, September 12, 2013 the California State Senate voted to approve SB 254 authored by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) by a 31-8 bipartisan vote.  SB 254 now moves to the Governor’s desk for review and signature.

SB 254 (Hancock/Correa), which has enjoyed bipartisan support throughout the legislative process, 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 SB 254 has been approved by both legislative chambers in California and is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. 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. We appeal to the Governor for his signature on this very important piece of legislation that will make a positive impact on keeping used mattresses out of our landfills, off highways and roads, and out of vacant lots.”

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.

During his comments on the Senate Floor, 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, “We would like to thank all stakeholders who participated in the process and remained so committed to SB 254.  We know Californians take pride in their recycling practices.  SB 254 simply gives Californians another avenue to broaden the scope of the state’s recycling portfolio.”


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

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.