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Mattress Recycling Program

In 2022, Oregon became the fourth U.S. state to enact a law establishing a statewide mattress recycling program. Senate Bill 1576 (2022) requires mattress manufacturers to help establish an extended producer responsibility, or EPR, program that will make it easy for consumers to recycle their unwanted mattresses. The law aims to increase mattress recycling, establish new convenient locations in every county for residents to drop off their mattresses, reduce illegal dumping, and create recycling-sector jobs.  The program will be funded by a small assessment collected at retail sales of mattresses. Adding mattresses to the products covered by Oregon's EPR programs will provide a much-needed service in both urban and rural communities throughout the state.

How the Program Will Work

Mattress manufacturers will designate a stewardship organization to implement the program. A designated stewardship organization must submit a plan for developing and implementing a stewardship program to DEQ by Oct. 1, 2023. DEQ will provide administrative oversight of program implementation, including reviewing and approving a program plan and ensuring that a stewardship organization operates the program in accordance with an approved plan.

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