Johnston, Rhode Island — The US Mattress Recycling Council's (MRC) Rhode Island Bye Bye Mattress Program launched in front of an audience of state officials and municipal leaders at Rhode Island Resource Recovery's central (RIRRC) landfill site.
Rhode Island waves Bye Bye mattress with programme launch
Rhode Island Senate majority leader Dominick Ruggerio and state Representative Arthur Handy, who were both instrumental in the creation of Rhode Island's law, joined RIRRC's Sarah Reeves and MRC's President Ryan Trainer to dedicate the commencement of the program. The ceremony was moderated by MRC's Managing Director Mike O'Donnell. Sarah Reeves, RRIRC's director of public policy and planning also attended the event.
"It is great to see Rhode Island taking the lead in the growing movement to promote recycling and product stewardship in order to lessen the burden on our waste stream and landfill capacity,' said Sen. Ruggerio.
The state officials praised the program's shared responsibility among the manufactures, retailers, municipalities and consumers, as well as its incentive to combat illegal dumping.
"Collecting and recycling mattresses at a state level can open a lot of opportunities for Rhode Island," said Trainer.