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Mattress Recycling Council Names Board

The Mattress Recycling Council has elected its 2014-2015 board of directors.

MRC is a non-profit organization formed to develop and implement state mattress recycling laws formed by the International Sleep Products Association late last year, soon after Connecticut, Rhode Island and California enacted the first state mattress recycling laws in the United States.

The MRC’s initial noard comprises a distinguished group representing the bedding industry, including: MRC Chair, Richard Diamonstein, managing director, Paramount Sleep; Dale Carlsen, president/CEO, Sleep Train; Doug Guffey, president, Sleep Inc.; Dan Hige, vice president of manufacturing, Sealy Inc.; Matt Kershner, vice president, product general manager, Select Comfort Corp.; Mark Kolovson, president, King Koil Northeast (Division of Blue Bell Mattress Co.); and Kristen McGuffey, executive vice president and general council, Serta Simmons Holdings

The MRC’s objective is to implement state mattress recycling laws in a consumer friendly, efficient and cost-effective manner. These mattress recycling programs are expected to launch in early 2015 in Connecticut and in early 2016 in Rhode Island and California. MRC will administer these programs, which will be funded by a visible point-of-purchase fee collected from consumers and other end-users on mattress sales.

“We are very fortunate to have such a diverse group of industry leaders serve on this newly created board," said Ryan Trainer, president of both MRC and ISPA. "MRC has many issues to consider as it fulfills the regulatory obligations to implement these laws and increase mattress recycling. The broad set of talents and experiences represented on the MRC Board will be invaluable to this process.”

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