July 17 - Rhode Island is Second State to Pass Mattress Recycling Law

Rhode Island joined Connecticut on Monday when it passed the nation’s second mattress recycling law, according to a story in Waste & Recycling News.

The law requires mattress manufacturers to create a stewardship plan for managing mattresses at end of life. Connecticut became the first state in the country to enact mattress recycling legislation in May.

California is on track to follow Connecticut and Rhode Island with a similar law this session. CAW supports SB 254 (Hancock and Correa), which also requires mattress manufacturers to come up with plan for managing unwanted mattresses, which create an economic burden for local governments when they are illegally dumped. The material in mattresses is readily recyclable, but that changes once they are dumped and exposed to the elements.

SB 254 passed off the senate floor with bipartisan support. It will be heard in the Assembly when the legislative session resumes in August.

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