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Connecticut House passes ISPA-backed mattress recycling bill

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut House of Representatives has approved legislation that would create the nation's first mattress recycling program, with a vote in the state Senate expected as early as next week.

The International Sleep Products Assn. supported and helped craft the bill, working in collaboration with members of the Connecticut House, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the City of Hartford, ISPA officials said.

The legislation would authorize an industry-led recycling council to develop a mattress recycling program funded by a small fee collected at retail from consumers, officials said.

"We applaud Environment Committee chair Rep. Linda Gentile and ranking member Rep. John Shaban, along with bill sponsor Rep. Pat Widlitz, for their leadership in crafting a fair and practical mattress recycling bill," said Ryan Trainer, ISPA president. "The Connecticut House of Representatives has advanced legislation that will increase the rate of mattress recycling, which will in turn reduce the impact of illegally discarded mattresses without threatening jobs."

He said ISPA has been working with a number of policy makers in the state to develop mattress recycling legislation that will allow residents in the state to easily recycle mattresses in a way that is good for the environment, consumers and industry.

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