OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-89

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MATTRESS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: See Below

Municipalities

Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Various Municipalities

Savings

Potential Significant

Potential Significant

Explanation

The bill, which establishes a mattress stewardship program, would result in a savings to various municipalities associated with the removal of mattresses from the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream. The extent of the savings depends on the number of mattresses a town disposes and the amount (if any) the town currently charges for mattress disposal.

Under the bill, towns that currently charge residents a mattress disposal fee (through curbside collection or at a transfer station) would realize a smaller savings than those towns that do not charge any direct fee for mattress disposal. Currently, at least 54 municipalities charge a direct fee for residents to dispose mattresses; and at least 38 towns pay for disposal through municipal taxes1.

These costs are based on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2011 survey, “CT DEP Survey for Used Mattress Management in Connecticut Final Report and Summary of Results”, which estimated that the total number of mattresses collected by municipalities statewide is 88,050. 2

Municipalities with direct fees are covering some portion of their costs for mattress disposal and may realize the least amount of savings under the bill. Fees for mattress disposal range from $15 - $45 per mattress.

Towns that group mattresses with their other bulky or oversized MSW items at an average rate of more than $75 per ton (“tip fee”) would realize the most savings under the bill, as the tonnage of MSW that is subject to the tip fee would be reduced. The reduction in MSW tonnage subject to tip fees is unknown at this time.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation, the number of mattresses diverted from the MSW stream, and the current method an individual municipality utilizes for mattress collection.

Sources:

CT DEP Survey for Used Mattress Management in Connecticut: Final Report and Summary of Results. June 13, 2011

1 CT DEP Survey for Used Mattress Management in Connecticut Final Report and Summary of Results, June 13, 2011

2 The survey indicated that this figure was an “underestimation” because it did not capture all mattresses collected curbside.