(CTNS) - California has lumber taxes, tire taxes, Internet sales taxes and insurance taxes. Now some companies are losing sleep over a proposed mattress tax.
Two bills making their way through the Legislature would make the Golden State the first in the nation to charge a recycling fee on new mattresses. The idea is to require the industry to reclaim the springs, wood and fiber from millions of old mattresses that plug landfills and clutter Southern California streets every year.
Some legislators estimate a $25 fee paid by consumers would be sufficient to finance a recycling program.
Manufacturers aren't taking the proposal lying down. They're warning of higher prices for consumers and contend that any recycling should be handled by the industry, not government.
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