Mattress retailers asleep on recycling

@TheSunGazette

fresno – As a customer, falling asleep on a brand new mattress is a welcoming feeling. However, for retailers, falling asleep on recycling compliance can be costly.

A California law that went into effect in December of 2015 is still seeing a large number of retailers not complying. The California Mattress Recycling Fee Collection is in full effect meaning that mattress sellers are required to collect an $11 recycling fee on each mattress and box spring sold to California end-users.

Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties has seen an influx in calls regarding this program with many retailers questioning the legitimacy of it.

Senate Bill (SB) 254 was signed by Governor Brown in 2013 and it required mattress manufactures and retailers to develop a mattress recycling program to increase the recovery and recycling of used mattresses, and reduce illegal dumping. The mattress industry then created the nonprofit Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), and their new program is known to consumers as “Bye Bye Mattress,” which is funded through that recycling fee. Bye Bye Mattress is approved by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

This law applies to the sales of all new, used and renovated mattresses and box springs. The mattresses and box springs are being collected as a separate unit, meaning that the $11 fee must be collected on each unit.

To comply with this law, all retailers selling mattresses in or into California must register with Mattress Recycling Council’s secure online portal at www.MRCreporting.org. This portal is used so that retailers can submit monthly sales reports and remit collected recycling fees. Once registered, the fee will be remitted monthly to MRC through that online portal.

According to the Mattress Recycling Council, any California retailer who fails to register and remit collected fees are subject to being reported to CalRecycle.

The Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation are coordinating with both the Council and CalRecycle, and will be asking about compliance during its inspections.

Retailers with questions can contact the Mattress Recycling Council at 1-855-229-1691, or CalRecycle at 916-341-6192.

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