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!

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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.