Alexandria, Virginia — The Rhode Island Mattress Recycling Plan is set to begin on 1 May, 2016.
Rhode Island will become the US’s third state to implement the Mattress Recycling Council’s (MRC) programme state-wide, following Connecticut and California in 2015.
The programme is a result of the International Sleep Products Associations’ efforts to create a practical, economically efficient way to recycle mattresses. Retailers will have to add a $10 (EUR9.1) recycling fee when selling a new or renovated mattress or boxspring. MRC will use the money raised to transport and recycle old mattresses.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, the local quasi-state environment and waste management agency, has welcomed the programme. “Mattresses and boxsprings are made from nearly 90% recyclable materials,” said its executive director Michael O’Connell. “These materials are valuable to manufacturers and do not belong in our state’s landfill.”
At least 20m mattresses and boxsprings are thrown away every year in the US, according to MRC