Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Law

In July 2013, Rhode Island enacted General Law 23-90, which requires mattress manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for discarded mattresses. The program began May 1, 2016, and is funded through a $16 visible recycling fee collected at retail from customers on each mattress and foundation sold in the state. These fees fund the collection and recycling of mattresses and foundations used and discarded in Rhode Island.

Annual Reports

In the third year of operations, MRC’s Rhode Island Bye Bye Mattress Program expanded participation from municipalities, retailers, hotels, universities and healthcare facilities. It collected 103,807 mattresses and recycled 1,607 tons of material. Learn more in our 2018-19 Rhode Island Annual Report. For previous reporting periods, download archived Annual Reports below.

2017-2018 Report 2016-2017 Report

Legal Obligations for Retailers

Obligations vary depending on what role the company plays in the manufacturing, renovation, distribution and sale of mattresses and box springs. Businesses not complying with the law can be prohibited from selling their products in Rhode Island and face financial penalties.

Legal Obligations for Producers/Renovators

Obligations vary depending on what role the company plays in the manufacturing, renovation, distribution and sale of mattresses and box springs. Businesses not complying with the law can be prohibited from selling their products in Rhode Island and face financial penalties.