Municipal #3 Difficult to Manage Wastes: Mattresses (Kate Hagemann)Presentation Transcript
Difficult to Manage Wastes: Mattresses Kate Hagemann , Product Stewardship Institute Advancing Recycling & Organics Management: A Sustainable Future March 29, 2010
Who is the Product Stewardship Institute? February 25, 2011
Non-profit founded in 2000
200+ Local governments
70+ Corporate, Organizational, Academic & Non-U.S. Government Partners
Board of Directors: 7 states,
4 local agencies
Multi-stakeholder product stewardship network
State “Extended Producer Responsibility” Laws February 25th 2011 8
State Legislative Momentum EPR Laws & EPR 2010 Legislation February 25, 2011 60+ EPR laws in 32 states (including laws on carpet, cell phones and agricultural pesticide containers) 2 2 9 9 14 23*
Trend: Applying EPR to More Products
Packaging & Printed Material
February 25, 2011
… And More Products February 25, 2011
Gas cylinders (Pilot program in WI)
Legislation introduced in 2011 February 25, 2011
… .and mattresses March 29, 2011 Photo Courtesy of King County Solid Waste Division - Seattle, Washington
Motivated to reduce an estimated $400,000 annual cost to dispose of residential mattresses, the City of Hartford has taken the lead on developing a product stewardship solution that will increase mattress recycling and decrease costs to the City.
has turned this into a national Mattress Stewardship Initiative that will likely result in a legislative solution.
The problem March 29, 2011 Photo Courtesy of King County Solid Waste Division - Seattle, Washington
don ’t compact well
springs pop out & jam machinery
Conigliaro Industries, a recycler, estimated that the “opportunity cost” a landfill incurs by accepting mattresses = $15 a mattress. (it would be more profitable for the landfill to pay someone else up to $15 to dispose of each mattress.)
mattress industry upset too many used beds end up in the hands of renovators who resell them as new
Recycling March 29, 2011
small percentage are dismantled and recycled annually
more than a dozen mattress recycling facilities in North America.
For a list, check www.sleepproducts.org
majority are run by nonprofits
financial viability often depends on collecting a per-piece tip fee.
approx $6 to $15 per unit.
some components have value (steel springs, polyurethane foam) but there is still a net cost to collect and recycle them.
The Institutional Recycling Network (IRN) works universities across the country to facilitate the reuse and recycling of mattresses.
March 29, 2011
PSI has developed a briefing document that will prepare participants for a National Mattress Stewardship Meeting .
What can be done?
National Mattress Stewardship Meeting March 29, 2011 Monday, April 11, 2011 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Trash Museum 211 Murphy Road Hartford, CT
Proposed Project Goals March 29, 2011
Develop a long-term financing system to manage mattresses and box springs in a manner that alleviates the financial burden faced by governments .
Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation
Advanced Recycling Fee
Registration March 29, 2011 www.productstewardship.us/mattresses To register visit: * dial-in participation also available
Recent developments at the local level:
Seattle, Washington (October 2010)
First mandatory opt-out law for phone books; also requires companies to pay for phone book recycling
San Francisco, California (December 2010)
Sought to create a producer-run take-back program for unwanted medicines
**Resulted in negotiated agreement to have
drug take-back pilot with industry funding
Another Possibility: Local Level EPR Ordinances February 25, 2011