The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Rhode Island program collected nearly 104,000 mattresses and diverted over 1,600 tons of material from the central landfill during its most recent reporting period. These numbers either meet or exceed projected collection goals in the state, according to the Mattress Recycling Council’s 2018-19 Rhode Island Annual Report. The report was submitted to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation on October 1. A complete copy can be found here.
“We are proud of the continued success of MRC’s Bye Bye Mattress program in Rhode Island and the resulting positive environmental impact for the state and its residents,” said MRC’s Managing Director Mike O’Donnell.
Highlights of the report show that MRC and its Bye Bye Mattress program:
- Collected 103,807 mattresses and recycled 1,607 tons of material
- Provided program access in 37 of 39 Rhode Island municipalities and extended service to over 140 other entities and small bulky waste haulers
- Retained participation by 88 percent of Rhode Island’s solid waste service providers exceeding the goal by 8 percent
- Continued education and outreach efforts through in-store public education materials, a public service campaign, media relations and social media to keep Rhode Islanders aware of mattress recycling and how to access the program in the state.