California has recently become the second state to implement the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC)'s Bye Bye Mattress program, a free recycling program for used mattresses and box springs. Currently, Connecticut also participates in the program. Rhode Island is expected to launch the program later this year.
Since Dec. 30, 2015, each mattress and box spring sold in California will include a $11 fee. This fee will allow residents to later drop-off their old mattress at no cost at participating collection sites.
There are currently 40 solid waste facilities in the state that have signed up for the Bye Bye Mattress program. In addition to these facilities, the MRC is working with other entities such as hotels and universities to divert mattresses from the landfill.
More than 80% of a used mattress' components can be recycled, including the steel springs, foam, wooden frames, and cotton fibers, according to the Mattress Recycling Council. However, without mattress recycling programs, more than 50,000 mattresses are sent to U.S. landfills each day.