There was some heavy lifting on Friday morning for staff and students at Central Connecticut State University as they hauled out mattresses from two dorms.
CCSU has taken on yet another green initiative, recycling a few hundred of its mattresses before students arrive at the end of the month. It's all part of a statewide program that took effect May 1.
“Before school starts we go through and see which mattresses need to be replaced. So, we're getting rid of about 320 to 350 mattresses today,” Steve VanVoorhis, with the Facilities Support Services at CCSU, said.
University officials said they opted into a statewide recycling program the mattress industry is mandated to provide.
The $9 fee now charged on all mattresses and box springs sold in the state, pays for the recycling.
“Doesn't cost us a penny,” VanVoorhis said.
The few hundred mattresses, which were packed into a trailer, will be picked up early next week. All the recycling will be conducted by Recyc-Mattresses, which is a Canadian-based company. The recycling will be done at their facility in East Hartford or Park City Green in Bridgeport.
“From the springs, to the linens to the foam, the wood, everything gets recycled,” VanVoorhis said.
School officials say the program fits right into their green mission. The campus is already outfitted with hydration stations, no flush toilets and 550 LED lampposts.
“Everything, we try to make sure we can find a place. The first thing is to try to find a place for it. It's a goal and not have to call it trash,” Domenic Forcella, with Office of Environmental Health & Safety at CCSU, said.
Fifty cities and towns across the state are using the program. For more information on how to join, click here.
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