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.

Tuesday, July 30 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Discarded Mattresses -- is it art?

We are waiting for the date to be set for SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) to be heard in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.  We hope to hear very soon and will post an update as we receive more details.

In the meantime, here’s a remarkable link  to a California blogger’s ‘mattress project‘ that demonstrates the need for SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) — mattress recycling done right.

Now, it isn’t that we don’t appreciate public art, but rather than treat used mattresses as art let’s turn them into repurposed products — and do a little good for mother nature!  Let’s leave the art to the likes of Matt Lipps or Sanya Kantarovsky.  

As a reminder, the goal of SB 254 is to create a program that advocates the recycling of used mattresses in a manner that provides Californians with a comprehensive mattress recycling solution that is consumer-friendly, cost-effective and efficient.

For more information on SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) or to take action today!
Stay tuned, there’s always more mattress news!

Latest C4MR Blog by Shelly Sullivan

CALIFORNIA USED MATTRESS RECYCLING
LEGISLATION APPROVED BY CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE
SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) Now Moves To The Assembly

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, California’s State Senate approved SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) by a 32-5 bipartisan vote.

SB 254 creates a used mattress recycling program that will 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 California State Senate recognizes that SB 254 will improve used mattress recycling in the state in a practical and efficient manner. Since its inception, all stakeholders have been diligently working to craft sound used mattress recycling policy that will benefit consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and the environment. I want to thank the bill’s authors, Senators Loni Hancock and Lou Correa, for their leadership on this issue.”

SB 254 enjoys a broad range of support from industry, retailers, cities, counties, local elected officials, and waste management organizations.  It simply puts a nominal fee on used mattresses akin to California’s paint recycling program.  SB 254 is a common sense approach that helps Californians improve their recycling performance.

SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) now moves to the Assembly for Committee hearings and a floor vote.  Which means our work on SB 254 continues.

We need your renewed support in our efforts in the California State Assembly.  If you are a mattress manufacturer, retailer or component supplier in California, Take action today and contact your California Senator.

From that website you can send an electronic letter to your Assembly Member asking that he or she SUPPORT SB 254 (Hancock/Correa).  In addition, please call your Representative’s District Office and the Capitol Office.  Email or call, C4MR spokeswoman Shelly Sullivan, at ssullivan@onemain.com or (916) 858-8686, for  the call-in numbers for your Assembly Member.

 

California Mattress Recycling Bill Heads to Senate Floor -- Take Action Today!

ISPA-supported California mattress recycling legislation, SB 254 (Hancock/Correa), was voted out of the Senate Appropriations Committee today. As you will recall, the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved SB 254 earlier this month and sent the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which was the next step in the process. Following today’s vote, SB 254 is headed to the Senate Floor for a vote next week. After that vote, SB 254 will move to the Assembly.

We need your continued support in our efforts. If you are a manufacturer, retailer or industry vendor in California please take action today. At that website you can send a letter to your Senator asking that he or she SUPPORT SB 254 (Hancock-Correa). We would also like you to call your Representative’s District Office and the Capitol Office. Please email Shelly Sullivan, or call (916) 858-8686 and she will be happy to provide you with the call-in numbers.

Both tactics will not take much time out of your busy schedules, but the value they will provide will help ensure our legislation continues with support from both the Senate and Assembly and both parties.

Thank you for your time and commitment to our efforts to ensure SB 254 succeeds. As you know, it will establish a single program for recycling used mattresses that will be both economical and practical, reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harness existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, and minimize costs to industry, government and consumers.

Mattress recycling - where commerce and legislation meet

In this video you will hear from 2 California legislators (Correa and Calderon) on why Californians for Mattress Recycling (C4MR) supports legislation- SB 254.  SB 254 strives to establish a mattress recycling system in California. The primary goals of this plan are to:

  • Create an economically practical system for recycling used mattresses;
  • Reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses;
  • Harness existing infrastructure for getting used mattresses to recyclers;
  • Minimize cost to governments and consumers.

 

SB 254 is supported by the mattress industry and its Association, the International Sleep Products Association.