WHAT WE DO

Recycling, responsible disposal, processing, and more.

MATTRESS DISPOSAL CHALLENGES IN THE U.S.

Some of the materials in mattresses are environmentally unfriendly and take a long time to degrade. Toxic flame retardants seep out into the environment and contaminate ground water.

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HAZARDS TO LANDFILL OPERATIONS

Mattresses cause hazardous and dangerous working conditions in landfill operations. The metal springs damage heavy operating equipment, causing high repair costs and downtime. Not to mention the fact that landfills have limited land expansion. Each mattress takes up 23 cubic feet of valuable landfill space.

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HIGH WASTE COSTS = MORE TAXES

Waste transfer stations have difficulties handling mattresses due to intense labor and equipment requirements needed to separate these items. The higher the cost to handle, the more the public pays.

RISING WASTE DISPOSAL COSTS LEAD TO ILLEGAL DUMPING

As waste disposal costs rise, the risk of curbside and illegal dumping increases, creating hazardous and unsightly conditions in the communities. Most charities do not accept donations of old mattresses or large furniture from the public. When local governments spend money to deal with these items other than normal types of garbage, these costs are eventually passed onto the communities.

 

Most mattress retailers market a “take back” program as an incentive for customers to buy new products. These exchange programs translate to truckloads of solid waste headed for the landfills.

Only about 5% of the more than 4 million used mattresses generated in California are recycled each year. Once they have been disposed, mattresses are generally rendered unsuitable for recycling due to exposure to the elements.

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State of CA "Bye Bye Mattress" Program

We've partnered with the State of California in their Bye Bye Mattress program for recycling and reimbursements.Visit their site and learn more: