Mattresses are often difficult to recycle, but for residents of Connecticut, that may change in the near future.
Connecticut recently passed the nation’s first extended producer responsibility (EPR) mattress recycling law, which will require that the mattress industry assemble a council to organize and manage a mattress recycling program. The program will be funded by a small fee collected from consumers.
The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), the mattress manufacturer trade association, played a role in putting together the bill. ISPA is also working on similar legislation in other states to help keep mattresses from burdening consumers, governments and landfills.
“This legislation serves as a model for solving the problem of mattress disposal without negatively impacting our industry,” Ryan Trainer, ISPA President, said in a press release.
As much as 95 percent of the materials in a mattress can be recycled, according to Environmental Leader, and government officials in Connecticut estimate more than 175,000 mattresses are discarded in the state each year. A structured recycling program can help ensure those recyclable materials stay out of landfills, which is significant because a mattress can take up as much as 40 cubic feet of landfill space.