California passed mattress stewardship legislation in 2013. On December 30, 2015, the program began operations. It is now official that the Mattress Stewardship Plan was approved by CalRecycle on January 29th and the program plan is set. I want to be the first to congratulate the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) on their leadership by submitting an approvable plan!
Also, as a member of the Advisory Committee to MRC, I could not be happier to have participated in the program development discussions with my fellow committee members and the MRC. It was fun and educational and built strong relationships between us. We are hearing the mattress program is off to a great start based on the feedback we are getting from across the state. the MRC deserves a lot of credit for their leadership in hiring great people to work the program and having a great attitude of collaboration and cooperation with a variety of stakeholders.
It will take public/private partnerships to solve our larger waste management problems and we hope the model of a CalRecycle appointed stakeholder advisory committee is the norm for future stewardship legislation. Having an advisory committee built collaborative relationships among us during the program development and ensures the stewardship plans will work and will harmonize with the existing infrastructure.
CPSC will keep you posted on the implementation of the program.