Mattress Recycling Bill in Oregon
February 14, 2022
Mattress recycling would be more widely available under bill in Oregon legislature
KLCC | By Chris M Lehman Published February 7, 2022 at 5:04 PM PST
Oregonians would have an easier time recycling their old mattress under a bill advancing through the state legislature.
The measure would require mattress manufacturers to create a recycling program funded by a fee put on the purchase of new mattresses. The idea is to keep mattresses out of landfills. Or, worse yet, the side of the road. It’s been a goal for several sessions for Sen. James Manning, D-Eugene.
“If you have driven down the street lately, or through one of our beautiful scenic routes here in the state of Oregon, and seen a mattress or box spring tossed along the highways, cluttering up our natural sources or waterways, this bill makes perfect sense,” said Manning as he made his pitch for the bill to the Oregon Senate’s Committee on Energy and the Environment.
Recycling organizations say that up to 85 percent of a typical mattress is recyclable. But relatively few places in Oregon currently accept them.
The committee voted Monday to send Senate Bill 1576 to the legislature’s budget-writing committee, keeping it alive for the 2022 session.