California governor signs mattress recycling bill

California governor signs mattress recycling bill

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

A mattress recycling bill that will require producers to handle post-consumer mattresses has been signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, making California the third state in the U.S. to adopt mattress stewardship legislation.

The bill, which will go into effect July 1, 2015, received strong bipartisan support in making its way to the governor's desk. While Gov. Brown called for the measure to be "cleaned up" during the next legislative session to grant the state's recycling organization more oversight of the program, he voiced his full support of the law in a signing statement.

"I applaud the efforts of the authors in creating a program to lessen impacts in California landfills, reduce costs to local governments and remove blight in rural and inner-city neighborhoods," Brown said.

As it is currently written, the bill requires mattress manufactures in California to oversee a single mattress recycling organization to handle post-consumer mattresses. Consumers will fund the service through paying an "eco-fee" tacked on to new products at point of sale.

During the first two years of the program, manufacturers will establish and report on a series of performance goals to CalRecycle. After the first two years of the program, annual reports will be provided to CalRecycle on the progress and performance of mattress recycling in the state.

The bill is closely aligned with mattress stewardship legislation in Connecticut and Rhode Island. As the most populous state in the U.S., California expects the comprehensive law to help coordinate the recycling of more than 2 million used mattresses each year.

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