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America Recycles Day #IWillRecycle Sweepstakes

Have some fun when you drop your mattress off for recycling.

This year, Keep America Beautiful, in celebration of America Recycles Day, is offering a chance to win one of four Apple Certified Refurbished iPad mini3s. You can enter by posting a photo of yourself recycling with the hashtag #IWillRecycle and #Sweepstakes on Twitter or Instagram from now until November 20 (official rules).

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day and coast-to-coast community-driven awareness campaign dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. It has been held on – and the weeks leading into – Nov. 15 since 1997.

Visit www.americarecyclesday.org for more information.

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Coming soon to Plainville

We spoke to the Hartford Courant about one of our newest participants. By early November, Plainville residents will be able to drop-off their mattresses at the town’s transfer station. Read the full story here.

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Special 2-Day Mattress Collection Event at Live Green Connecticut! Festival

As part of the 6th Annual Live Green Connecticut! Festival, taking place September 19-20 at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk, any festival attendee that brings a used mattress for recycling receives free festival parking.

Bye Bye Mattress will be onsite with Park City Green, one of our recycling facility partners, to collect the mattresses during this two-day family friendly event.

When: September 19-20
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Taylor Farm Park
45 Calf Pasture Beach Road
Norwalk, Connecticut

Live Green Connecticut! promotes environmental education, business, non-profit organizations, green technology, recycling, conservation, health and wellness, climate protection and sustainable living.

Featured attractions and exhibits include local and organic food, marine ecology and nature center exhibits, wind and solar displays, hands-on kid’s activities, environmental and conservation organizations representatives and speakers, alternative fuel vehicles, garden centers, green careers and education, eco-art, eco-fashion, live music, and fun and friendly atmosphere!

Admission is free! Please visit www.livegreenct.com for more event information.

 

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Nation's First Statewide Mattress Recycling Program Debuts in Connecticut

Today, Connecticut becomes the first state in the nation with a statewide recycling program for used mattresses and box springs. The program, known as Bye Bye Mattress, is administered by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the state mattress recycling program mandated by law in 2013. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), city leaders and representatives from the solid waste and recycling industry gathered at the City of Hartford’s Bulky Waste & Recycling Center to commemorate the inaugural truckload of mattresses bound for the recycling facility.

“The implementation of this first in the nation mattress stewardship program means previously discarded mattresses will be recycled in an environmentally sound manner, sustaining jobs in Connecticut and resulting in cost savings for municipalities,” said DEEP’s Commissioner Robert Klee. “This program mirrors similar stewardship programs the state has enacted for electronics, paint and thermostats. We recognize the Mattress Recycling Council for their commitment to the success of this program and the City of Hartford for their leadership in getting this law passed.”

Bye Bye Mattress allows Connecticut residents to drop-off used mattresses at participating collection sites and recycling facilities for free. Almost 50 cities and towns across Connecticut have joined the program as designated collection locations, with some also providing curb-side pick-up. These sites span the state across urban and rural areas. Residents that take their used mattresses directly to one of the designated recycling facilities located in East Hartford or Bridgeport will receive $2 per mattress from the recycler (limit four per person per day/eight per person per year). Connecticut residents can find their nearest participating collection site or recycling facility here.

MRC is also working with mattress retailers, hotels, military facilities, universities, healthcare facilities and other public and private entities in Connecticut to divert mattresses from the solid waste stream. It will report the program’s progress to DEEP each October.

“Working with all stakeholders, the industry has taken a major step toward creating a cost-effective solution to a long-term problem,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC. “We designed Connecticut’s program to increase the recycling of used mattress materials by leveraging the existing waste collection infrastructure. MRC is working with many types of businesses and industries to recycle their used mattresses through the program. The Connecticut resident benefits from the no-cost drop-off opportunities. This will both encourage more mattress recycling as well as discourage illegal dumping.”

The program is funded through a $9 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold to Connecticut consumers. Consumers will notice this fee as a separate line item on their receipt. The fee is used to pay for transporting and recycling the discarded mattresses.

Similar recycling programs are expected to launch in California and Rhode Island in 2016.

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New Managing Director appointed

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has hired Mike O’Donnell as Managing Director to oversee the implementation of its mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Based in the Pacific Northwest, he will be responsible for leading MRC’s day-to-day operations and managing program coordinators as they work with their state’s municipalities, retailers (and other mattress generators), transporters and recyclers.

Previously O’Donnell served as a consultant to MRC as it developed its program plans for these states, which each enacted mattress recycling laws in 2013. O’Donnell has over 20 years of experience managing solid and hazardous waste collection programs for private and public entities, including the development of legislated statewide recycling programs for paint and mercury-containing lamps. He currently sits on the national board of directors for the North American Hazardous Materials Managers Association.

“Mike is well respected in the recycling industry and waste management arena and has demonstrated a strong understanding of regulatory and operational issues,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). “We are extremely pleased to have Mike become a permanent member of our team and are confident that he has the leadership abilities and project management skills to implement these programs efficiently and successfully.”

MRC is a non-profit organization created by ISPA to develop and implement statewide recycling programs for California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. MRC is preparing for a May 1, 2015 launch of the Connecticut Mattress Recycling Program. Meanwhile, it is developing comprehensive program plans for California and Rhode Island, both of which must be submitted to the respective states by July 2015. MRC’s programs in California and Rhode Island are expected to commence in early 2016.

For more information about MRC implementation activities and the latest developments in mattress recycling, visit www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.

Connecticut's new mattress recycling program starts May 1

On December 31, 2014 the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) approved the Connecticut Mattress Stewardship Plan developed by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the statewide mattress recycling program established by Public Act 13-42. This makes Connecticut the first state to work with MRC to implement a statewide mattress recycling program.

The approved plan requires that retailers add a $9 recycling fee to each new or renovated mattress and box spring sold to Connecticut consumers. Consumers will begin to see this fee as a separate line item on their receipt beginning on May 1. Retailers and other businesses selling mattresses will remit the fees to MRC. The fees will pay for contractors that will collect and recycle the mattresses.

“Today, Connecticut has taken another step towards reaffirming its leadership in materials management,” said Robert Klee Commissioner of DEEP. “I applaud the mattress industry for working with us to develop a solution that protects consumers, works efficiently with our existing municipal solid waste networks and values the recovery of the natural resources contained in the thousands of mattresses that are buried in landfills, lost to incineration or abandoned in our communities each year.”

This program will divert mattresses from the solid waste stream to recyclers who will extract valuable resources including steel, foam and cotton from each mattress. It also minimizes recycling costs to consumers because the statewide program creates an economy of scale.

“Responsibly managing discarded mattresses benefits consumers and the environment, and it’s most effective when done on a large scale,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC. “Through this law, the mattress industry has developed a self-sustaining infrastructure for handling these products.”

MRC estimates that in the United States at least 20 million mattresses and box springs are discarded each year when consumers replace their old mattress with a new one. This averages to about 50,000 daily.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the fee charged on any type of mattress?
The law defines mattress as a new or renovated mattress or box spring. It does not include: any mattress pad, mattress topper, sleeping bag, pillow, car bed, carriage, basket, dressing table, stroller, playpen, infant carrier, lounge pad, crib bumper, waterbed or air mattress, fold-out sofa bed or futon.

How can consumers recycle a mattress?
Consumers will continue to dispose of mattresses through traditional methods such as municipal collection or drop off, or retailer take back when a new mattress is delivered. These mattresses, which may have previously gone to a landfill or waste-to-energy facility, can now be recycled. Consumers may also drop off mattresses at designated recycling facilities at no charge.

What types of mattresses will the program accept for recycling?
Any mattress or box spring discarded by Connecticut consumers is eligible for recycling. However, the program will notaccept:

• Severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or soiled mattresses or box springs
• Mattresses or box springs infested with bed bugs
• Mattress pads or toppers
• Sleeping bags
• Pillows
• Car beds
• Juvenile products (i.e., carriage, basket, dressing table, stroller, playpen, infant carrier, lounge pad, or crib bumpers)
• Crib and bassinet mattresses
• Water beds or camping air mattresses
• Fold-out sofa beds
• Futons and furniture