Saturday, November 5, 2011
Mattress Colonies: A Solution Coming?
Discarded mattresses are quite a scourge on our fine city and Sad City has been covering the mattress problem for well over a year. In fact the fifth ever Sad City post was about mattresses on the sidewalks. Well in yet another stunning coincidence of City action following Sad City observations, Mayor Segarra released a statement yesterday stating Hartford collects 18,000 mattresses a year and further discussing the mattress problem in Hartford. The Mayor's statement courtesy of the City:
“Most Connecticut cities and towns are footing the bill for mattress disposal through taxes or by additional resident fees. This is not sustainable. I also believe it is not appropriate for our towns to incur disposal costs that manufacturers should absorb as part of the life cycle costs of this product”
“This cost cannot continue when our City has such a pressing need for these resources for other issues. I have always utilized an inclusive approach to finding solutions and this is no different. Therefore, I believe a producer responsibility approach makes sense. This session can be a vehicle for collaboration amongst towns, manufacturers, waste and recycling vendors to prepare mattress disposal legislation that meets the goals of all parties involved”
Nice. We love to see the Mayor mixing it up. This is a no-brainer great move. Brave. We have to guess it is only a matter of time before the Mayor announces a Hartford Pay Phone Museum.
Until then check out our story of why mattresses are so difficult to dispose of. Also check out our full archives of mattress posts here.