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Recycling Bill Passes Connecticut Senate
By Home Furnishings Business in Bedding on May 20, 2013
A mattress recycling legislation has passed its first hurdle with a 28-8 vote by the Connecticut Senate.
The bill now to goes to Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy for his consideration; he has approximately 15 days to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) had lobbied for the bill's passage and will continue to lobby for similar bills in other states.
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 Sen. Edward Meyer 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."