To Our MRC Community,
As COVID-19 has altered daily life for millions worldwide, we know that it is impacting your family and your business. MRC is working diligently to support our collection, transportation and recycling infrastructure as well as retailers during this time. Important information is below.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your program coordinator. For Connecticut and Rhode Island, contact Dan McGowan. In California, a map of program coordinators by territory is available here. You can also reach MRC customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-855-229-1691. Direct contact information for all other MRC staff is here.
We continue to closely monitor and assess this fast-changing situation. Please be sure you subscribe to our MRC Highlights newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest news and announcements.
- While most solid waste and recycling facilities continue to operate during shelter in place orders as essential critical infrastructure, we understand that business decisions may necessitate suspending your operations.
- MRC has proactively posted a notice on www.ByeByeMattress.com instructing the public to contact drop-off locations before delivering old mattresses for recycling.
- Regarding handling used mattresses exposed to COVID-19, OSHA says workers can treat them “like any other non-contaminated municipal waste.” Workers should be using “typical engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices” and personal protective equipment (PPE). Additional information is on the OSHA website. SWANA’s Guidance on Coronavirus states that “medical waste suspected or known to be contaminated with COVID-19 should be handled like other regulated medical waste.”
- MRC’s contracted transporters supporting critical infrastructure solid waste facilities continue to operate as usual. If you are experiencing service disruptions, please contact your MRC program coordinator.
- For how to sanitize vehicles and help truck drivers stay safe during COVID-19, Waste Today published an article with best practices including the five “Ws.”
- As communities respond to COVID-19, normal operating hours for municipalities or sites may have changed.
- Regarding handling used mattresses exposed to COVID-19, OSHA states workers can treat those mattresses “like any other non-contaminated municipal waste.” Workers should be using “typical engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices” and personal protective equipment (PPE). Additional information is on the OSHA website. SWANA’s Guidance on Coronavirus states that “medical waste suspected or known to be contaminated with COVID-19 should be handled like other regulated medical waste.”
- For California recyclers, Phoenix Fibers has resumed purchase of post-consumer mattress and futon cotton. Please contact Steve Johnson at 480.963.3277 or email@example.com for details.
- We continue to monitor the viability of secondary markets with a focus on scrap metal and foam. For now, there continue to be buyers, however the situation is fluid and could change in coming weeks.
- If temporary closure of brick and mortar stores will delay your monthly report or remittance to www.MRCreporting.org, please contact us by clicking here or by calling 1-888-646-6815.
- If due to the ongoing pandemic, you are unable to accurately report monthly sales, please wait until accurate information is available to complete your report on MRCReporting. If due to store closure there are zero sales, submit a report indicating that.
- Regarding retailer take back obligations during the pandemic, California law states that a retailer may refuse pickup if “the discarded product is contaminated and poses a risk to personnel, new products, or equipment.” In CT and RI, the law allows retailers to refuse due to the “source or physical condition.” Due to social distancing requirements and the ongoing pandemic, you are advised to use your discretion for the health and safety of all.
- ISPA’s website offers information and tools that members can use to match their capabilities to meet supply needs being experienced at U.S. hospitals and elsewhere as a result of COVID-19.
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The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a nonprofit organization that operates recycling programs in states that have passed mattress recycling laws: California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. MRC was founded by the bedding industry and recycles more than 1.5 million mattresses each year.
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