Alexandria, Virginia – A proposed bill on mattress recycling in Maine is being opposed by the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA).
According to Chris Hudgins, ISPA’s vice president for government relations & policy, the organisation opposed the initial bill as it did not follow the funding structure already in place in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island by the Bye Bye Mattress scheme. Here, the consumer is charged a visible fee on the purchase of each mattress and box spring to fund the recycling programme.
“The bill is in the process of being amended, and will likely be much narrower in focus,” Hudgins said. “We continue to work with legislators there to address our concerns. At this time it is unlikely that they would require a programme like Bye Bye Mattress in Maine.”