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ISPA Alerts Mattress Retailers And Manufacturers To Costly State Recycling Laws

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The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) will convene a panel of retailers, manufacturers and recyclers at the Summer World Market in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 31st to discuss mattress recycling—one of the most significant issues facing the industry today.

The educational session, titled, “Mattress Retailers and Manufacturers Beware: Are You Prepared for 50 Different State Used Mattress Recycling Laws?” will provide information about various bills that state legislatures across the country are considering to regulate the recycling of used mattresses. ISPA believes that these programs are inefficient and expensive, and that a national recycling program is the only cost-effective and efficient solution for mattress manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike. In addition, the panelists will share their views on existing mattress recycling efforts as well as their thoughts on how the proposed state programs will affect the industry.

“Individual states are attempting to deal with the issue of mattress recycling on their own,” said ISPA President, Ryan Trainer. “Unfortunately, the different solutions proposed so far will burden retailers, manufacturers, and most importantly, consumers with new obligations that will unnecessarily increase costs and could limit product choices and competition. The result could be a patchwork of 50 state laws that impose different and possibly conflicting mandates on retailers and manufacturers.”

According to Trainer, “ISPA continues to believe that the best approach to recycling used mattress materials efficiently is to create a national recycling program. This will eliminate state-by-state differences in rules, and encourage the economies of scale possible with a uniform national program, which will result in more efficient recycling and lower costs.”

The panel of speakers will represent manufacturers, retailers and recyclers from the mattress industry. They are as follows:

  • Doug Guffey, President, Sleep Inc.
  • Barrie Brown, Owner, Sleep. You Deserve More
  • Joe Paviglianti, Principal and Co-Founder, Spare Our Landfills

Daniel J. Connelly, Executive Director of the Product Management Alliance will serve as the panel moderator.

The panel will convene at the Summer World Market Convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 31st from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the World Forum - 16th Floor, Building B. All industry members attending the convention are encouraged to attend the panel discussion to learn more about this increasingly important issue which will directly affect the mattress industry.

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.

To learn more about the Product Management Alliance, visit http://productmanagementalliance.org/

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