Alexandria, Virginia – In its latest annual figures for Connecticut, the Mattress Recycling Council reports several year-on-year improvements in the Bye Bye Mattress programme’s recycling rates. The programme has now been operating in the state for five years.
During the year, MRC’s recyclers achieved a recycling rate of 73%, representing a six point increase on the previous year. In all 189,492 units were collected in the year, a 2.9% increase. More than three quarters of a million mattresses have now been collected in the state.
Residents in 136 Connecticut municipalities can drop off old mattresses at no-cost collection sites or events, or through a local bulky item collection programme. Nearly 98% of the state’s residents are covered by the programme.
‘MRC and the mattress industry are committed to continuous improvement by investing in important research,’ said managing director Mike O’Donnell. ‘Current projects are focused on creating new end markets for mattress materials and encouraging manufacturers to consider recycling challenges when designing new products that promote a circular economy.’