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Connecticut Debuts First Mattress Recycling Effort

With California and Rhode Island to Follow in 2016, Here’s What Retailers Need to Know Now

July 28, 2015 —

Connecticut rolled out the nation’s first statewide recycling program for used mattresses and box springs. Known as Bye Bye Mattress, the program is administered by the Mattress Recycling Council, a nonprofit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the state’s mattress recycling program mandated by law in 2013. Officials from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), city leaders and representatives from the solid waste and recycling industry gathered at the City of Hartford’s Bulky Waste & Recycling Center to commemorate the inaugural truckload of mattresses bound for the recycling facility. Similar programs will be implemented in California and Rhode Island in 2016.

As these new Bye Bye Mattress programs roll out, retailers have been wondering what it means for them, what to say to their customers and how they can benefit. Here are some common questions and concerns we’ve been addressing since Connecticut launched its program.

What do these new recycling laws mean for retailers? Each state’s program is funded by a recycling fee that’s collected from consumers when a new mattress or box spring is sold. In Connecticut that fee is $9 for each piece so a mattress and box spring—regardless of size—costs $18. The fee is largely based on what transportation and recycling costs are for each state and the MRC proposes the fee in its plan; fees for other states may vary.

Retailers are required to collect this fee and list it visibly on every customer receipt.

Each month, retailers must remit the collected fees and report to the Mattress Recycling Council via the online, secure portal at

Retailers now have access to no-cost recycling services for the mattresses they collect from their customers.

How do I use In the resources area of the website you can find guidelines as well as a video series that explains the registration, reporting and fee remittance processes. Assistance is also provided via 1-888-646-6815 or

What is MRC doing to make the public aware of Bye Bye Mattress? MRC created as the consumer-facing brand of the program. Outside of retailer customer communications, MRC will advertise online and place public service announcements in print, radio and outdoor media.

We are also working with our municipal collection sites to be present at local events so we can communicate our message to their residents.

What does MRC do with the recycling fees it collects from retailers? The collected fees fund the recycling of the mattresses and box springs collected by retailers, solid waste facilities, hotels, universities, hospitals and other sources.

MRC will provide no-cost recycling services for retailers regardless of their business’ size in states that have recycling legislation on the books.

How are the mattresses and box springs recycled? More than 80 percent of a used mattress’ components can be recycled—the metal springs, foam, wood and fibers—and made into new useful products.

I want to use MRC to recycle my store’s mattresses. How do I start? If your store is located in California, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, contact MRC at 1-855-229-1691 or and be ready to discuss your discarded mattress volumes and logistical needs.

I’m not in a state with a mattress recycling law, but I want to recycle my mattresses. Can MRC still help me? Yes. As a public service, MRC has compiled a summary of mattress recyclers operating in the United States and Canada. This listing is available at MRC has no financial or other interest in any of the businesses located in these non-program states and does not endorse them in any manner. These locations will charge for recycling services.

Amanda WallAmanda Wall is marketing and communications coordinator for the Mattress Recycling Council and can be reached at

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NAHFA sets Next Generation NOW events for High Point Market

Next Generation Now High Point April 2015Roseville, CA, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 — North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) announces Next Generation NOW (NGN) networking and educational opportunities set for Sunday, April 19 at the High Point Market.

Sunday morning, NAHFA offers endorsed market education for NGN members in the Retailer Resource Center (RRC), 1st floor of Plaza Suites. Young professionals are encouraged to attend Jerry Epperson’s State of the Industry Address, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. This must attend seminar is invaluable to the next generation coming into the business.

Young professionals are invited to a Lunch with Leaders, with appointments available between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Eugene Alletto, President and Founder, Bedgear, Marc Schewel, Schewels Furniture, Lynchburg, VA and Tom Olinde, Olinde’s Baton Rouge, LA are the leaders who will meet with NGN members. Leaders and participants will discuss best practices, the importance of mentoring, and share their unique insights on our industry based on their respective roles. Interested market attendees can register at

Later Sunday night, NGN members and those interested in learning more about the Next Generation NOW community are invited to the group’s market BASH, 5:00 p.m. at’s Hangout, 311 S. Elm Street for cocktails, appetizers, and networking. and NAHFA sponsor the BASH.

“I’ve made more relevant changes to our company from the sound advice gained by spending time with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation owners than any college course or somewhat bright idea I’ve come up with. “ said Next Gen NOW Advisory Board Member, Jordan Barrick, Quality Furniture & Appliance, “Getting the chance to meet with owners who literally gross 100-200 times the annual revenues I work hard to achieve is incredible and their encouragement is immeasurable.”

Young professionals and Next Gen NOW members can learn more at or by contacting Cindi Williams at (800) 422-3778 or

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HFA Announces Retailer of the Year 2015 Winners

Roseville, CA, Tuesday, March 24, 2015— The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) is proud to announce the winners for its 2015 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers.

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Industry Icons Epperson and Koenig added to HFA Conference Agenda


Roseville, CA, Monday, March 2, 2015— The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) is excited to announce that industry icons Jerry Epperson, partner, Mann, Armistead & Epperson and Keith Koenig, president, City Furniture have been added to the agenda for the Home Furnishings Networking Conference, May 17-19 in Orlando, Fla.

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HFA Announces ROTY 2015 Nominees

Roseville, CA, January 16, 2015 — The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) is proud to announce the nominees for its 2015 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers.

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