Three years ago Connecticut launched their first mattress recycling program. In 2017 the “mattress stewardship program” recycled over 162,000 mattresses.
To fund this eco-friendly initiative, all new mattresses sold in Connecticut have a flat $9 fee added to all new mattress order; online or in stores.
This flat rate fee covers the cost of mattress and box spring recycling at no additional cost. The goal is to encourage recycling as its a more cost-effective environmentally friendly solution.
“We also have two statewide drop off locations — one in Newington and one in Bridgeport,” said Justine Fallon, operations manager for the Mattress Recycling Council, which runs the program. “And then we work with other municipalities that can’t house permanent containers, but do provide special one day collections, so at least residents in their community can drop off mattresses at least once or a couple times a year.”
ByeByeMattress is also focusing their efforts in 2018 to increase potential uses for the recycled foam and metal springs.