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CT DEEP approves mattress recycling plan and fee

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Stamford, CT | Added on January 08, 2015 At 09:29 PM

Nine dollars may not seem like a lot of money, but the state of Connecticut hopes adding that fee to the sale of new mattresses will keep residents from ditching them to the curb.

"Today we took action on a bill to help with a growing problem with our cities across teh state of Connecticut, I understand in smaller cities as well," said Sen. John Fofara, following the passage of this bill.

It all begins in May when Connecticut enacts a recently approved plan, requiring that retailers add a $9 fee to new or renovated mattresses and box springs sold in the state.  The money will go to a statewide recycling program; the first of its kind in the country.  Supporters call it a cost effective program, keeping bulky mattresses from clogging our environment. 

"It's a win, win because it saves the City money or it makes the City money and environmentally it does the right thing as well," said Dan Colleluori.

Dan Colleluori is Stamford’s Solid Waste and Recycling Supervisor.  He sees more than 30 mattresses thrown out each day – just in Stamford. Research says ditching them in the garbage is costing cities and towns an extra $1.3 million each year. That’s why Collelouri is already signing up to take advantage.

"Mattress recycling vendors in the state are upstate Connecticut so the cost is prohibitive for us to haul them up there and this eliminates the cost for us."

This mattress recycling fee is similar to PaintCare here in Connecticut, a program that took root in 2013.  It places up to a $1.60 fee on large cans of paint.  Many say the program is a big success, saying it’s collected more than 240,000 gallons of leftover paint from residents since its inception.   In the next couple of years, we'll see if this mattress recycling program has the same impact.



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