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April 9, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin's nine-month old mattress and box spring recycling program has been suspended indefinitely after the city's contractor went out of business. Despite searching for another contractor to take the bulky bedroom staples, Madison officials concluded there are currently no other recycling options available. All collected mattresses and boxsprings that have yet to be processed will be heading to landfill.

Indiana's recently-passed recycling bill was given a much-needed lift by glass manufacturer Verallia North America and aluminum maker Alcoa, according to Democratic Rep. Matt Pierce. The law, which sets an aspirational goal of recycling 50 percent of municipal solid waste, likely would not have gained traction had it not been for the support of those firms.

A tentative agreement has been reached for Milwaukee and nearby Waukeshka County, Wisconsin to team up on recycling duties. Still awaiting a formal endorsement by Milwaukee's Common Council and Waukeshka's County Board, the arrangement would allow both parties to send material to a converted old transfer station, which would function as a processing center.

 

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