02/17/ 2016 Maryland has introduced legislation that would require a mattress recycling program be established by manufacturers. This is different from CA, CT and RI programs because it requires the manufacturers to charge a fee on any mattresses sold to retailers and for the retailers to then charge the fee to consumers. The fee would not be required to be disclosed to consumers. ISPA is opposing this legislation due to the inconsistency with other states. Visit sleepproducts.org for more information.
California’s mattress recycling program, Bye Bye Mattress, launched December 30th, 2015. The program, required by a 2013 law, provides mattress and box spring recycling free of charge in CA. This program also provides designated collection sites and recycling facilities, where CA residents can drop off used mattresses for free. The funding for this program is provided by an $11 recycling fee that is collected by mattress sellers on each new mattress and/or box spring that is sold in the state, and then remitted to the MRC each month.
All mattress manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and others selling mattresses in CA must register with the Mattress Recycling Council, or under law, you will not be allowed to sell mattresses in CA. To register for free, simply click here.
The Rhode Island Mattress Recycling Program launches May 1, 2016. Sellers of mattresses must collect a $10 per unit fee on every mattress and box spring sold for use in RI. Mattress producers, manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and others selling mattresses in RI must register at mrcrepporting.org. Registration is free and easy. This secure portal allows mattress sellers to submit monthly sales reports and remit recycling fees. For more program developments and information visit mattressrecyclingcouncil.org, where you can sign up to receive notices.