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Industry applauds California bill to promote mattress recycling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mattress industry leaders are applauding the introduction here of a bill that its sponsor says would promote mattress recycling in California in a prudent and balanced manner.

Senator Lou Correa, a Democrat from Santa Ana, introduced the legislation, SB 245.

The California bill would establish a program for the management of used mattresses that would create an economical and practical system for recycling used mattresses, reduce the impact of illegally dumped mattresses, harness existing infrastructure for transporting used mattresses to recyclers, and minimize costs to both government and consumers, Correa said.

"I am pleased SB 245 balances landfill pressures and environmental and industry concerns," he said. "My legislation will incentivize Californians to recycle used mattresses, easing the burden on our landfills and communities, while retaining valuable employers and creating new jobs and business opportunities. I am confident this proposal will create a win-win solution for industry, environmentalists and California consumers."

Officials at the International Sleep Products Assn. said the bill represents a positive approach to the recycling issue in California. ISPA favors national legislation on the issue but believes that a state approach in California would be beneficial to the industry.

Shelly Sullivan, a spokesperson for Californians for Mattress Recycling, a group supporting efficient and practical mattress recycling, welcomed news of the bill's introduction.

"We applaud Senator Correa for his efforts in recognizing the need for a comprehensive mattress recycling solution that is efficient for industry and consumer friendly," she said. "The coalition looks forward to working diligently with Senator Correa and other stakeholders and policymakers on this legislation. Our goal is to create a program that will advance mattress recycling in California and set an example for the rest of the nation."

Information on the issue from Californians for Mattress Recycling is available online at http://www.ca4mattressrecycling.org.

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