FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2013
Contact: Karin Mahoney
(703) 683-8371, ex 1131
Connecticut Senate Approves Mattress Recycling Bill
(Alexandria, VA) – The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) successfully negotiated bipartisan mattress recycling legislation with Connecticut state officials and lobbied for its passage. On Thursday, the Connecticut Senate approved the legislation by a 28-8 vote.
The bill now to goes to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) for his consideration and he has approximately 15 days to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
The legislation authorizes an industry-led non-profit organization to create and run a mattress recycling council that has the authority to set and collect a consumer fee to fund recycling operations. The bill establishes a recycling program with a sustainable funding mechanism that will not harm the mattress industry.
“We thank Environment Committee Chairman Senator Edward Meyer (D-Guilford) for his leadership in crafting legislation that will promote mattress recycling and create jobs,” said ISPA President, Ryan Trainer. “This legislation serves as a model for solving the problem of mattress disposal without negatively impacting our industry.”
The legislation will create the nation’s first mattress recycling law of its kind. ISPA is currently working on similar legislation in other states where we will lobby for a program that reduces the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harnesses existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, creates jobs, and minimizes costs to both government and consumers.
Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents nearly 700 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world.
ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications, the ISPAEarth™ Industry Sustainability Initiative, and more.