Establish a Mattress Stewardship Program

Last updated: May 31, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Tom Saviello, Senate 18 - Oxford County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 349

Position:

Opposed.

UPDATE: After the Senate voted to override the veto, the veto was sustained in the House. The bill is dead.

UPDATE: Governor LePage has vetoed the bill.

UPDATE: The amended version would enact a $5 fee per mattress (or box spring) to help fund a grant program through the Department of Environmental Protection. READ the Amendment Here.

UPDATE: The committee voted to pass the bill with a majority vote. It now moves to the Senate and House.

Summary:

This bill provides for the establishment of a new stewardship program in the State for discarded mattresses. Under the bill, a producer of mattresses, or an organization comprising one or more producers of mattresses, submits a plan for the establishment of a mattress stewardship program to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for approval. Once approved, a program operates to provide convenient, free statewide collection opportunities for discarded mattresses, and discarded mattresses collected through the program are recycled or otherwise responsibly managed. A program is funded through the imposition of a mattress stewardship assessment, subject to review and approval by the commissioner, which is added to the purchase price of all mattresses sold in the State.