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Rhode Island Legislature Adjourns Without Voting on Mattress Recycling Bill

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Article Summary: As an alternative to state recycling programs like those proposed in Rhode Island, ISPA is leading the push for a national mattress recycling program.

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) reported that the Rhode Island state legislature adjourned without voting on several used mattress recycling bills that they say would have imposed significant and unreasonable additional costs on mattress manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

As an alternative to state recycling programs like those proposed in Rhode Island, ISPA is leading the push for a national mattress recycling program.

“ISPA firmly believes that the best approach to efficiently recycling used mattress materials is to do this nationally. This will encourage economies of scale which will result in more efficient recycling and lower costs. It will also create a uniform set of rules regardless of where the new mattress was bought or the used mattress was discarded. State-specific programs will inevitably lead to inconsistencies from one state to the next and higher recycling costs,” said ISPA President, Ryan Trainer.

ISPA has been working since the 1980s to encourage responsible recycling of used mattress materials and supports the development of legitimate recycling operations. The association will continue to work with state and local governments to address the mattress disposal challenges that municipalities face while continuing to advocate for a broad-ranging national solution.

Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents nearly 700 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world.

ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications, the ISPAEarth™ Industry Sustainability Initiative, and more.

To learn more, visit www.sleepproducts.org or contact info@sleepproducts.org.

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