California’s new mattress recycling program is here! Individuals can drop off mattresses and box springs for no charge at the Devlin Road Recycling & Transfer Facility, 889 Devlin Road in American Canyon (open 8am-4pm, 7 days/week except holidays). One set (mattress and box spring) will be accepted at no charge – customers with loads of multiple mattresses will be charged the regular gate fee.
Why recycle mattresses?
Mattresses and box springs are bulky and difficult to transport, and public access to inexpensive recycling opportunities is very limited, so illegal dumping of mattresses is a widespread problem. According to a CalRecycle study, an estimated 4.2 million mattresses and box springs are discarded annually in California, but less than 5 percent are currently recycled!
The California Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act created an Extended Producer Responsibility program that is run by mattress manufacturers. Their stewardship organization is called the Mattress Recycling Council, and their mattress recycling program is known as Bye Bye Mattress. The program is funded by an $11 advanced recycling fee on all new mattresses and box springs sold in California. This goes to the MRC to set up and fund a collection and recycling system, since mattresses are bulky and costly to handle and ship. This also enables California residents to now drop off the mattresses and box springs at no charge at the DRRTF and other California mattress recycling locations.
What happens to mattresses and box springs after they are dropped off for recycling?
The mattresses and box springs we collect are diverted from landfills, disassembled at mattress recycling facilities and used to make other useful products like carpet padding, home insulation, new steel, oil filters, garden mulch and biomass fuel. It’s also helping communities deter illegal dumping.