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Mattress Recycling Demonstration
Contact Edward Hsieh, Director of MassRecycle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MASSRECYCLE is excited to be holding a mattress recycling demonstration event at the MA State House in collaboration with UTEC Lowell, with the support of Senator Donoghue from Lowell. A team from UTEC Lowell will be showing how to break down a mattress for recycling to raise awareness among legislators and the general public about the need to increase mattress recycling in the Commonwealth.

This event also highlights our mattress recycling bill. The Bill establishes a study commission to examine why only 5% of mattresses get recycled in the state, how to increase mattress recycling, and whether we can save millions of dollars for taxpayers and municipalities by increasing mattress recycling through various programs.

Location State House, Beacon Hill, Great Hall
A legislative bill establishing a mattress recycling study commission will be filed by Senator Eileen Donoghue this month. The demonstration is open to all, so I encourage you to attend and to be recognized as a proactive co-sponsor of the bill.
Mattress disposal is a significant burden on the municipal administrators across the Commonwealth:
• MassDEP estimates that roughly 600,000 mattresses are discarded annually, but fewer than 5% of these are getting recycled.
• Mattresses are bulky, so present a management and storage headache for DPW staff.
• Mattresses take up excessive space at landfills and barely decompose, which is especially problematic with in-state landfill capacity dwindling.
• Discarding mattresses at the landfill is costly; citizens in most municipalities pay $15-35
per mattress, compared to the statewide average of $17 to instead recycle the mattress.
Benefits associated with mattress recycling include:
• Cost savings for municipalities. In CT, where mattress recycling is subsidized by the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), the mattress manufacturers association, mattress recycling has saved municipalities an estimated $1.6 million annually.
• Recovering valuable materials. Mattresses can be largely recycled into steel, foam, and fiber.
• Stimulating in-state jobs. The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) Lowell, the nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to assisting challenged youth in Lowell, creates jobs for youth re-entering society through its mattress recycling program. The Cascade Alliance, another social enterprise created by St. Vincent de Paul, has calculated that for every 10,000 tons of mattresses recycled, 40 to 50 additional jobs are created.

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