From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:
This week, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch honored the owner of Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, a mattress recycling company, who will be able to create new green jobs due to a mattress recycling law that goes into effect on May 1, 2015.
Passed by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law in 2013, An Act Concerning a Mattress Stewardship Program, requires discarded mattresses to be diverted from the solid waste stream to the recycle stream. The increased activity for mattress recycling companies means that Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises will be able to add green jobs.
“In Bridgeport, we’re investing in the future by going green–creating green jobs and producing clean energy so our kids breathe easier,” said Mayor Finch. “Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, which sits in the heart of Eco-Technology Park–a formerly run-down area of our city that now houses dozens of green businesses–is critical to helping us grow our green economy while combating climate change. Thanks to state legislators and Governor Malloy, this green business will be adding jobs in the near future. It’s a big win for our city and the environment.”
Adrienne Houël, CEO of Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, says that Mayor Finch and city officials have been very helpful in getting her green business up and running.
“As you know, Mr. Finch is a very green mayor, so being here in Bridgeport helps us to grow. It’s a place where green initiatives are really encouraged.” said Houël. “The City has helped us in all sorts of ways. From CDBG funding, to assistance with obtaining a loan to help get us started. The City of Bridgeport is an example of signing up early and getting started early with mattress recycling. This, of course, is a hallmark and a great example. We are one of the first organizations to move to this area of the City, which has now been designated an Eco-Technology Park. We are very proud to be in it and we hope to bring more and more green technology to this sector.”
Houël stated that the company will be working with Project Longevity, an organization that works closely with matching those re-entering the community after serving time up with employers, to fill new jobs that are created. She also noted that the company added two jobs in preparation for the law change and is looking to fill more jobs as the law goes into effect.