More than 75% of the components of most mattresses and box springs can be recycled.

Local officials and public works employees are invited to a free MMA webinar on Oct. 17 to provide timely information about solid waste bans that take effect on Nov. 1, with a focus on the ban on mattress disposal.

The webinar, “Mattress Recycling and Solid Waste Solutions,” will provide an overview of the statewide changes and their anticipated impacts at the local level. Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will explain changes associated with the new waste bans and how it came to be.

Municipal representatives will explain how the mattress ban will affect their communities and share best practices for solid waste management and financing.

Speakers will include:
• John Fischer, deputy division director, Solid Waste, MassDEP
• Waneta Trabert, sustainable materials management director, Newton
• David Lane, Public Works director, Danvers
• Rep. Michelle Ciccolo of Lexington, House chair of the Zero Waste Caucus

As Massachusetts moves to meet the ambitious solid waste reduction goals of its Solid Waste Master Plan, this webinar will include discussion of the future of solid waste management regarding mattress recycling and the possibility of future legislative action on this topic.

Online registration is now open. For more information, contact MMA Legislative Analyst Josie Ahlberg at