Conn. bill creates mattress recycling program

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that would create a recycling program for old mattresses is moving through the Connecticut General Assembly.

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday, 117-21, creating a nonprofit council of mattress producers that would develop a plan for managing discarded mattresses. Foam, metal, cotton and wood inside mattresses is considered highly recyclable.

Ansonia Rep. Linda Gentile (JEN'-tyl) said more than 350,000 mattresses are discarded each year in Connecticut. It costs municipalities more than $1.3 million to dispose of them, often in landfills.

Gentile said she expects an $8-to-$12 fee would be charged to consumers to pay for the program. But lawmakers amended the bill, allowing the new council to devise a financial incentive program for consumers, similar to rebates for returnable bottles and cans.

The bill awaits Senate action.

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