As of Monday, July 1, both bodies of the Rhode Island General Assembly have approved legislation to establish a mattress recycling program in that state.
The bill was the result of negotiations between the International Sleep Products Association and state officials to develop legislation that does not harm the industry and follows model legislation recently signed into law in Connecticut. The legislation now goes to Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, who is expected to sign the bill into law within the next 10 days.
“We are pleased that the Rhode Island General Assembly has approved legislation that closely follows Connecticut’s recently enacted mattress recycling law,” said Chris Hudgins, ISPA vice president of government relations. “Should this legislation become law, it creates an efficient and practical structure for promoting the responsible recycling of mattresses in the state.”
This article was updated July 3, 2013.