PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 13, 2 p.m. ET) — Opposition from the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and other manufacturing groups meant that a Rhode Island bill that would have required mattress manufacturers and retailers operating there to participate in an “extended producer responsibility” (EPR) program was not passed.
EPR programs make manufacturers responsible for funding and operating a system for collecting and disposing of consumer products at the end of their useful lives. Rhode Island would have required the mattress industry to develop such an EPR program specifically for mattresses discarded in that state.
“This is a significant victory for our industry,” noted ISPA President Ryan Trainer, in a statement.
“ISPA supports efforts to promote the proper disposal of used mattresses, but the Rhode Island legislation would have set a bad precedent. ISPA believes that used mattress recycling efforts must develop and evolve on their own without the interference of costly and impractical state mandates.”
ISPA provided testimony opposing the bill and met with influential legislators and agency staff to educate them on the economic harm that legislation like this would have caused mattress manufacturers and retailers. To help defeat the legislation, ISPA also enlisted the assistance of its members, mattress retailers and other industries that manufacture consumer products targeted by EPR efforts like this in other states.