SACRAMENTO -- California consumers soon will be paying for a new state mattress recycling program, funded by a fee on bedding purchases.
On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill by Sens. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), SB 254, aimed at taking an estimated 2 million used mattresses and box springs a year off city streets, vacant lots and rural lands.
The bill backed is both by mattress manufacturers and retailers as well as environmentalists.
Hancock called it a "win-win-win for environmentalists, business interests, and local governments" and said its passage showed "what strange bedfellows can accomplish when they work together.”
The recycling program will be operated by an industry group, which will be financed by a still-to-be-determined fee paid by mattress buyers. The concept is similar to existing recycling practices for paint, tires and electronic waste.