he Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection has approved the Connecticut Mattress Stewardship Plan developed by the Mattress Recycling Council, a nonprofit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the state’s new mattress recycling program.
Connecticut is the first state to work with the MRC to implement a statewide mattress recycling program, officials said.
The plan, approved at the end of last year, requires that retailers add a $9 recycling fee to each new or renovated mattress and box spring sold to Connecticut consumers. Consumers will begin to see this fee as a separate line item on their receipts beginning on May 1. Retailers and other businesses selling mattresses will remit the fees to MRC. The fees will pay for contractors who will collect and recycle the mattresses.