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How to Dispose of a Mattress

The Mattress Recycling Council estimates that Americans dispose of roughly 15 to 20 million mattresses every year. The average mattress takes up 40 cubic feet, which means that one year’s worth of discarded mattresses will occupy more than 132,000 square miles of landfill space. To cut down on waste and preserve landfill space, mattress owners in the U.S. are encouraged to get rid of their old mattresses using alternative means. This guide will feature some helpful tips for donating, recycling, reselling and reusing old or used mattresses.

Keep Organic Materials Out of Landfills – Additonal Resources

Links to resources on the climate/waste connection, municipal commercial composting rules, benefits of compost on soils, yard waste in landfills, home and school composting, municipal organics collection programs, food waste, videos, how to make a compost bin, and vermicomposting

Latex Paint Recovery in Minnesota

Members of the former six-county Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board of Minnesota (SWMCB; comprised of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties) and PaintCare Minnesota commissioned PSI to study potential markets for the disposition of non-recyclable latex paint.

Minnesota Architectural Paint Stewardship Program Plan

On May 23, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law H.F. 976, a bill containing the requirement of the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program (“Program”). Paint stewardship in Minnesota dates back to 2002 with the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative (PPSI). Led by the Product Stewardship Institute out of Massachusetts, PPSI involved several years of stakeholder dialogues and industry and public sector research on paint use habits and recycling opportunities. Participants included the American Coatings Association, paint manufacturers, paint recyclers, federal EPA, and many state and local governments across the United States. State and local government representatives in Minnesota were early champions of PPSI and vital to its success. PPSI resulted in the development of a model, state-level paint stewardship law to establish an economically and environmentally-sustainable, industry-designed and implemented post-consumer paint management system. Oregon was the first state to pass this industry-supported paint stewardship law in 2009. Similar laws were passed in California in 2010; Connecticut in 2011; Rhode Island in 2012; Vermont, Maine, and Minnesota in 2013; and Colorado in 2014.