Both the Connecticut and California legislatures are considering minor changes to the mattress recycling laws enacted in their states last year. The Connecticut legislature passed legislation in early May that made several small changes to the state’s mattress recycling law. Connecticut’s mattress law, the first in the country, was enacted in 2013.
This year, the International Sleep Products Association worked with retailers in the state to address several concerns they had with the law. As a result, the Connecticut legislature passed changes to the law to clarify the definition of a “mattress,” to simplify the mattress recycling fee collection process, and to allow more time for retailers to implement changes to the mattress recycling fee. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to sign the legislation.
In California, legislation is pending to make several changes to the mattress recycling law enacted there in September of last year. When signing the law, Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. asked for more specificity in the law and changes to ensure that regulatory oversight for the mattress-recycling program is preserved. Legislation to address these concerns passed the California Senate with a unanimous vote in early May. ISPA is supporting the bill, which now heads to the Assembly for consideration.