Berlin Gets Funding to Purchase Mattress Collection Container for Recycling
Berlin was one of 44 cities and towns that received $10,000 each to purchase mattress collection containers. The funds will help communities comply with the mattress waste disposal ban, which will go into effect on November 1.
This law prohibits the disposal of old mattresses and box springs in landfills or combustion facilities. 75 per cent or more of mattress components are recyclable. As mattresses are cumbersome and expensive to dispose of in landfills and incinerators, recycling is the recommended disposal method.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card said:
"Massachusetts’ 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan sets strategic goals to significantly reduce waste disposal over the next decade, and mattress recycling serves as an important component as we work to reach these goals. By providing $440,000, the Baker-Polito Administration can assist our municipal partners as they implement local mattress recycling programmes, which will have positive economic and environmental benefits to the Commonwealth, local communities, and businesses.”
Municipalities receiving this award will be allowed to acquire a container for the collection of mattresses. Beneficiaries will select the container size that best meets the needs of their community. Depending on size, containers can accommodate between 40 and 80 beds. The state has recognised five mattress recycling suppliers, and towns can purchase their services.
The grants are funded through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), which was created under the Green Communities Act and is administered by MassDEP.