Mattresses 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 CalRecycle’s Mattress & Box Spring Case Study, an estimated 4.2 million mattresses and box springs are discarded annually in California, but less than 5 percent are currently recycled!
Because of these issues, the City of Napa commissioned CPSC to do a white paper on mattress end-of-life management:
SB 254 – Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act
SB 254 (Hancock) was enacted in 2013 and aims to reduce illegal dumping, increase recycling, and substantially
reduce public agency costs for the end-of-use management of used mattresses. The legislation requires industry to create a statewide recycling program to increase the recovery and recycling of mattresses at their end-of-use. The Program is administered by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) and funded through an $11 recycling fee collected from consumers at point-of-sale when a mattress or box spring is purchased.
SB 1274 (Hancock) was passed in 2014 to provide additional clarity regarding definitions, report submittals, and record keeping requirements.
California Illegal Dumping Compensation Program for Mattresses and Box Springs
The MRC’s California Illegal Dumping Payment Program (IDPP) fund helps off-set costs associated with efforts to clean-up illegally dumped mattresses and box springs in California by providing qualifying urban and and rural local governments, participating permitted solid waste facilities and authorized solid waste operations payments for illegally dumped mattress and box springs collected from the public right-of-way. Visit the IDPP registration page or contact Mark Patti with MRC for more information.
Local Government Model Letter to Mattress Retailers on SB 254 Obligations
Rob D’Arcy with the County of Santa Clara developed a Model Letter for local governments to send to their mattress retailers ensuring they are aware of the law requiring they offer take-back or disposal and are complying with the 7/1/2014 deadline. Please contact CPSC if you find local retailers that are not complying with the law.
Stay Informed – Sign up for CalRecycle’s Mattress Product Stewardship Listserv
Articles & Press
- Waking Up to Mattress Recycling – Roger Guttentag, Resource Recycling Magazine, 6/2015
- Program Strives to Get Discarded Mattresses Out of Landfills – Chrissy Kadleck, Waste 360, 3/05/2015
- California Mattress Recycling Advisory Committee Comments on the Mattress Recycling Stewardship Plan – California Mattress Recycling Advisory Committee, 8/4/15
- California Mattress Recycling Advisory Committee Report to CalRecycle – California Mattress Recycling Advisory Committee, June 2015
- Illegal Dumping Technical Advisory Committee Presentation Slides – Mike O’Donnell, Mattress Recycling Council, 2/25/2015