Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Call for mattress producer responsibility scheme

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) has suggested that a producer responsibility scheme for mattress recycling could be introduced in Scotland.

Chief executive Ian Gulland said the Scottish Government should consider adopting such programme, referencing a similar scheme in the US.

The world’s first such scheme went live in Connecticut in May, and California and Rhode Island have plans to introduce one.

The Connecticut scheme is funded by a $9 (£6) levy on new mattress and bed base purchases. It supports a freely accessible collection and drop-off system to capture them at end-of-life. It is predicted to support hundreds of jobs.

Iain Gulland Zero Waste Scotland

Gulland (left) wrote in his blog: “We’ve researched it previously and the analysis suggests it would work in our system. Somewhat ironically, our work was used in creating the business case for the California scheme.

“It is not about shifting the financial burden from one place to another or hitting often arbitrary recycling rates.

“The mattress manufacturers and retailers understand the potential of their products to create jobs further down the line in collection, deconstruction and recycling.”

Gulland’s call came in response to environment secretary Richard Lochhead telling the Scottish Parliament he was looking for fresh initiatives to follow the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge.

Gulland said he would propose the introduction of the mattress scheme ahead of the drinks deposit return programme, as ZWS was “seeking further evidence on its pros and cons”.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.