ISPA Sets Mattress Recycling Legislation Update for VegasJanuary 22, 2013
The informational session, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in Building B, space B-960 of World Market Center looks to help educate the industry on efforts being taken in several states to thwart burdensome mattress recycling laws that threaten mattress manufacturers and retailers.
Ryan Trainer, President of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) stated, “Our organization is very proud to again be participating in the Las Vegas Market," said ISPA President Ryan Trainer. "It provides us an additional platform to communicate with the industry about market trends and public policy issues facing our industry.
“The overreaching recycling proposals our industry faces could cost mattress manufacturers and retailers millions each year; costs which consumers will ultimately bear. Fortunately, many state Legislators have recognized the need to step in to craft and advocate for sound public policy that will address mattress recycling concerns and state mandates, maintain job creation, and won’t bankrupt our industry.”
In California, Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is doing just that for the 2013-2014 Legislative session.
“A good mattress is essential to our lifestyle," Correa said. "Yet, at the end of its lifecycle, mattresses add tremendous strain on our landfills and contribute to community blight when they are dumped in our neighborhoods. I am pleased to be crafting a legislative measure that balances landfill pressures and environmental concerns with industry concerns. My legislation will seek to strike a balance that will incentivize Californians to recycle used mattresses, thus easing the burden on our landfills and communities, while retaining valuable employers, creating new jobs and business opportunities. I am confident this proposal will create a win-win solution for industry, environmentalists and California consumers."
ISPA applauds Senator Correa for his efforts in recognizing that an efficient industry and consumer-friendly mattress recycling program is a comprehensive solution.
“ISPA looks forward to working diligently with Senator Correa and policymakers on his legislation this year,” Trainer said.
For more information about the recycling session, visit here.