Mattress Product Management

Mattress

California requires a statewide mattress recycling program designed and implemented by mattress manufacturers with CalRecycle oversight. The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is the manufacturers’ stewardship organization that implements the program.

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Where Do I Recycle Mattresses?

Mattress Stewardship

Why focus on mattresses?

It is estimated that millions of mattresses and box springs reach the end of their lives in California every year. The bulky nature of mattresses and the lack of affordable, convenient recycling options has resulted in significant illegal dumping costs to local jurisdictions throughout the state. Fortunately, used mattresses are highly recyclable (between 80-90 percent of each mattress by weight), and certain components such as steel and polyurethane have positive market value.

What is being done?

The California Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act (SB 254, Hancock, Chapter 388, Statutes of 2013) aims to reduce illegal dumping, increase recycling, and substantially reduce public agency costs for the end-of-use management of used mattresses. The legislation established an industry-run, statewide program to increase the recovery and recycling of mattresses at their end-of-use. Cleanup legislation signed by the governor in September 2014 (SB 1274, Hancock, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2014) provides additional clarity regarding definitions, report submittals, and record keeping requirements.  The law was further modified in October 2019 through AB 187 (Garcia, Chapter 673, Statutes of 2019) to amend definitions, plan, budget, and annual reporting components, and include additional state baseline and goal requirements.

What can I do?

Recycle your old mattress and box spring. Visit Bye Bye Mattress to find a used mattress recycler, renovator, or drop-off location near you.

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