Mattress Recycling Council Promotes New No-Cost Sustainability Certification Program to California Mattress Manufacturers

Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2) Offers Manufacturers Training and Tools to Reduce Waste, Cut Energy Consumption and Lower Spending

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has launched the Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2), a new environmental certification and sustainability initiative for mattress manufacturers in the state of California. SP2 training and certification is offered at no cost to mattress manufacturers that want to improve operations at their manufacturing plants, distribution centers, warehouses and/or offices. 

“SP2 is designed to reduce waste and energy consumption in the manufacturing process while increasing operational efficiencies and generating cost savings,” says Ryan Trainer, president of the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). “Developed as part of the bedding industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship, this voluntary program supports ongoing sustainability efforts.” 

SP2 offers individual mattress manufacturers training to conduct an in-depth analysis to identify ways to reduce environmental impacts, establish best practices and set metrics to track progress by examining: 

  • The nature and designs of the products they manufacture
  • The raw materials they manage and consume in manufacturing and distributing those products
  • The energy, water and other resources needed in the manufacturing and distribution processes
  • Management and minimization of waste products generated at each stage in the manufacturing and distribution processes
  • How the products they manufacture today are managed at the end of their useful lives by recyclers

“This comprehensive approach will help participating manufacturers review, revise and improve their operations for better environmental performance,” says Justine Fallon, MRC’s director of operations. “The main goal is to help individual companies create voluntary proactive environmental management systems that can produce continual improvements over time.” 

Although initially available only to California mattress producers, MRC may expand the program to suppliers and retailers in that state and eventually to companies in other states that serve the California market, and perhaps elsewhere. Pleasant Mattress, based in Fresno, California, was the first manufacturer to undergo the training, and MRC expects two or three others to complete the training by the end of the year. 

“MRC encourages California mattress manufacturers to participate in this voluntary program to take advantage of the benefits it provides both to them and to the environment,” says Fallon. “Upon successful completion of the program, participants will earn an SP2 facility certification which they can promote to their customers, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability.” 

For additional information about the goals and benefits of SP2 and participation in this no-cost opportunity, California mattress manufacturers can visit www.MattressRecyclingCouncil.org/SP2 or contact Michael LaRussa, MRC program coordinator at 916-591-2540 or mlarussa@mattressrecyclingcouncil.org. 

About the Mattress Recycling Council 

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of statewide mattress recycling programs for states that have enacted laws. The organization provides valuable information and resources for industry professionals. As a result, every mattress contributes to a cleaner, more positive future.

Rhode Island Mattress Recycling Transportation

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS DUE 2/5/2019

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is requesting proposals for transportation services in Rhode Island. This Request for Proposals (RFP) evaluates the costs and capabilities of transportation companies to help MRC comply with Rhode Island General Law 23-90, which requires mattress manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for discarded mattresses. RFP submittals are due by February 7, 2019 . Two documents are attached:

1. RFP specification (pdf)
2. RFP forms 1-4 in Microsoft Word to simplify and standardize responses

Additional information can be found at MRC’s two web-sites; mattressrecyclingcouncil.org and ByeByeMattress.com. RFP questions must be submitted in writing to my attention by January 24, 2019.

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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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

 

 

CALIFORNIA USED MATTRESS RECYCLING LEGISLATION APPROVED BY CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE SB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2013

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

(Sacramento, CA) — 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.”

The legislation 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.

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 that will 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 funded by a nominal fee collected at retail on the sale of new mattresses and box-springs.

Shelly Sullivan representing Californians for Mattress Recycling stated, “SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) simply puts a nominal fee on used mattresses akin to California’s paint recycling program. It’s good common sense legislation that helps Californians improve their recycling performance.”

SB 254 (Hancock-Correa) now moves to the Assembly for Committee hearings and a floor 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

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SB 254 - where are you today?

On April 29, 2013 our legislation, SB 254 (Hancock-Correa) was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Senate Appropriations is where any legislation with a fiscal impact to the state must be heard.  The Appropriations Chairman, Senator Kevin de Leon ordered the bill to the ‘suspense file.’  All ‘suspense file’ bills will be heard toward the end of May.  We expect SB 254 to come off the ‘suspense file’ and move to the Senate Floor for a vote before May 31st, which is the deadline for all bills to be passed out of the house of origin (in this case the Senate).

California is not alone in its "Recycling Sate of Mind"

Prior to adjourning on March 14, the Utah Legislature passed a resolution announcing its intent to study “the creation and implementation of a program to recycle mattresses.” 
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CALIFORNIA USED MATTRESS RECYCLING LEGISLATION CLEARS KEY SENATE COMMITTEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2013
Contact:  Shelly Sullivan – (916) 858-8686

Sacramento, CA — On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the California’s State Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved SB 254 (Hancock-Correa) by a 6-0 vote.

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, creates jobs, and minimizes costs to both government and consumers.

Californians for Mattress Recycling Spokesperson, Shelly Sullivan stated, “We applaud the leadership of the Environmental Quality Chair, Senator Jerry Hill along with Senators Correa and Hancock and the International Sleep Products Association and Californians Against Waste for working so diligently late last week to amend the critical components of the Correa bill, SB 245 into SB 254 prior to this hearing.”

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.

International Sleep Products Association President, Ryan Trainer commented, “We are pleased to be moving forward with a single bill to address used mattress recycling in California. SB 254 (Hancock-Correa) remains a work in progress, and we are confident that by working with all stakeholders, we can continue our efforts to develop public policy that will be best for California mattress consumers, retailers, manufacturers and the environment.”

Sullivan noted, “A lot of speculation has been made about the financial figures associated with this legislation.  Those costs will be determined by the recycling program group, but it is critical to note that manufacturers and retailers do not want those costs to be any higher than absolutely necessary.  The goal is to assure that we establish a sound recycling program that is easy to use in removing used mattresses from landfills, vacant lots and highways.”

SB 254 (Hancock-Correa) now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

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This is no place for a mattress -- Industry taking lead to recycle

By Gary James / March 2013

As traditional methods of used mattress disposal become more expensive and subject to regulation in some states, recycling is assuming a more prominent role in helping the bedding industry manage the longtime challenge of what to do with big, boxy rectangles at the end of their useful lives.  Continue reading

Blue Marble aims to be a national recycler

BedTimes Magazine reports in its March issue:
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