Manufacturers embrace greater recycling burden |

Jun 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story, Recycling

Connecticut’s latest efforts to force mattress and paint manufacturers to recycle their products at the end of their life are just the beginning.

The state government is eying the philosophy — called product stewardship — for other industry subsectors like carpet and alkaline batteries, in order to increase the recycling rate and decrease the waste disposal burden on municipalities and taxpayers.

Park City Green in Bridgeport sees the new law as a chance to have a steady supply of mattresses for processing. The center opened in 2012 as a partnership between nonprofits Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises and Family ReEntry of Norwalk. So far, it only can employ two to seven people because inconsistent flow of 100-500 mattresses weekly.

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