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Rhode Island Passes H5082

Rhode Island Bans Flame Retardants

flame retardants

Early in spring of 2017, Rhode Island passed bill H5082 that bans the sale of “upholstered bedding and furniture” that contains more than 100 parts per million of any organohalogen flame retardant. There was stall in passing of the bill due to the General Assembly taking an adjournment in the summer. That legislation became law on September 18th, 2017 without Governor Gina Raimando’s (D) signature.

There is effort by bedding regulation organizations to define “upholstered bedding”, which is not defined in the law, and feel it is not intended to include mattresses. The legislation was largely supported by concerns about the health of firefighters.

The law takes effect July 1, 2019.

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Rhode Island Mattress Recycling Program

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 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, where you can sign up to receive notices.