Conn. lawmakers consider mattress recycling law

May 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would be the first in the country to create a mandated statewide program to recycle mattresses. It turns out old mattresses are a bigger issue than you might think.

via WSHU PUBLIC RADIO.

Also, see www.hfbusiness.com/article/ispa-commends-conn…/1

The Problem:

•  350,000  -  450,000 mattresses disposed of in CT annually
•  Minimum  annual municipal disposal cost $1.2 million
•  Taxpayers cover costs
•  Illegal dumping is a problem
•  Mattress disposal system is fragmented with towns  hauling to in-  and out-of -state landfills and incinerators (where
equipment damage is an issue)
•  Mattresses can be over 50% of collected bulky waste by weight
•  Greenhouse gas emissions caused by long distance hauling
•  Mattress component materials not being recovered

The Solution:

  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation, similar to what Connecticut has for e-waste  and  paint.
  • One industry stewardship organization to design, finance, and run program
  • No disposal cost to taxpayers, state or local gov’t, or private genera tors of mattresses
  • Three years to show results and collect data without gov’t-imposed targets
  • Financing by manufacturers with government role limited to plan review
  • Exemption for small mattress manufacturers
  • There is an opportunity for 95% recycling of mattress component

E -waste EPR legislation   created 20 jobs in CT;  EPR  Paint legislation   is creating  8 -10 jobs.    In 2012,
two mattress recyclers are locating in Bridgeport  and in the  Hartford area , creating 20  –   40 new
Connecticut jobs.    Guaranteed feedstock is the key to this business development, changing “waste”
sent out of state into “r esources” kept in Connecticut to convert into commodities.

Contact coordinators,   Marilynn.Cruz-Aponte@hartford.gov ,  860 -757 -9962 and Peg Hall
( MJH@Major2nd.com)  603-477 -3527

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