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Municipal #3 Difficult to Manage Wastes: Mattresses (Kate Hagemann)


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Municipal #3 Difficult to Manage Wastes: Mattresses (Kate Hagemann)

  1. 1. Difficult to Manage Wastes: Mattresses Kate Hagemann , Product Stewardship Institute Advancing Recycling & Organics Management: A Sustainable Future  March 29, 2010
  2. 2. Who is the Product Stewardship Institute? February 25, 2011 <ul><ul><li>Non-profit founded in 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Membership </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>46 States </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>200+ Local governments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>70+ Corporate, Organizational, Academic & Non-U.S. Government Partners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Board of Directors: 7 states, </li></ul><ul><li>4 local agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-stakeholder product stewardship network </li></ul>
  3. 3. State “Extended Producer Responsibility” Laws February 25th 2011 8
  4. 4. 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*
  5. 5. Trend: Applying EPR to More Products <ul><li>Packaging & Printed Material </li></ul><ul><li>Phone books </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmaceuticals </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bags </li></ul>February 25, 2011
  6. 6. … And More Products February 25, 2011 <ul><li>Carpet </li></ul><ul><li>Fluorescent lamps </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul><ul><li>Paint </li></ul><ul><li>Thermostats </li></ul><ul><li>Batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Gas cylinders (Pilot program in WI) </li></ul><ul><li>Medical sharps </li></ul><ul><li>Radioactive Devices </li></ul>
  7. 7. Legislation introduced in 2011 February 25, 2011
  8. 8. … .and mattresses March 29, 2011 Photo Courtesy of King County Solid Waste Division - Seattle, Washington <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>has turned this into a national Mattress Stewardship Initiative that will likely result in a legislative solution. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The problem March 29, 2011 Photo Courtesy of King County Solid Waste Division - Seattle, Washington <ul><li>don ’t compact well </li></ul><ul><li>springs pop out & jam machinery </li></ul><ul><li>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.) </li></ul><ul><li>mattress industry upset too many used beds end up in the hands of renovators who resell them as new </li></ul>
  10. 10. Recycling March 29, 2011 <ul><li>small percentage are dismantled and recycled annually </li></ul><ul><li>more than a dozen mattress recycling facilities in North America. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For a list, check </li></ul></ul><ul><li>majority are run by nonprofits </li></ul><ul><li>financial viability often depends on collecting a per-piece tip fee. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>approx $6 to $15 per unit. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>some components have value (steel springs, polyurethane foam) but there is still a net cost to collect and recycle them. </li></ul><ul><li>The Institutional Recycling Network (IRN) works universities across the country to facilitate the reuse and recycling of mattresses. </li></ul>
  11. 11. March 29, 2011 <ul><ul><li>PSI has developed a briefing document that will prepare participants for a National Mattress Stewardship Meeting . </li></ul></ul>What can be done?
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Proposed Project Goals March 29, 2011 <ul><li>Develop a long-term financing system to manage mattresses and box springs in a manner that alleviates the financial burden faced by governments . </li></ul><ul><li>Options: </li></ul><ul><li>Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Recycling Fee </li></ul>
  14. 14. Registration March 29, 2011 To register visit: * dial-in participation also available
  15. 15. <ul><li>Recent developments at the local level: </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle, Washington (October 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>First mandatory opt-out law for phone books; also requires companies to pay for phone book recycling </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco, California (December 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Sought to create a producer-run take-back program for unwanted medicines </li></ul><ul><li>**Resulted in negotiated agreement to have </li></ul><ul><li>drug take-back pilot with industry funding </li></ul>Another Possibility: Local Level EPR Ordinances February 25, 2011
  16. 16. More Information <ul><ul><ul><li>Kate Hagemann </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Associate of Policy & Programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>© Product Stewardship Institute –February 25, 2010 March 29, 2011