Pair of mattress recycling efforts take hold

Pair of mattress recycling efforts take hold

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Rhode Island has become the second state to require mattress manufactures to develop a recycling program for the product, and Michigan recycling nonprofit group Recycle Ann Arbor has partnered with Michigan Mattress Recyclers to bring mattress recycling to the city of Ann Arbor.

In Rhode Island, the mattress legislation was recently signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and requires manufacturers to develop a mattress recycling paradigm by 2015. Earlier this year Connecticut became the first state to mandate such a system.

Ann Arbor residents can now bring their used mattresses, box springs and futons to Recycle Ann Arbor's drop-off station (DOS), where they are processed and hauled to Michigan Mattress Recyclers for dismantling and reuse.

"Mattresses have always been on our short-list of materials we'd like to recycle since they are such a problem," Kirk Lignell, CEO at Recycle Ann Arbor, told Resource Recycling. According to a Recycle Ann Arbor news release, approximately 14 million mattresses end up in landfills nationwide while only 2 percent of waste mattresses are recycled.

Initial figures suggest that Recycle Ann Arbor's DOS is already receiving ten mattresses a day for recycling from Ann Arbor residents.

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