California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Mattress Product Management

Mattress Stewardship Organization

The mattress recycling organization, commonly referred to as a stewardship organization, is defined by the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act (Public Resources Code Sections 42985-42991), as an organization exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, that is established by a qualified industry association, composed of manufacturers, renovators, and retailers, and certified by the state, to develop, implement, and administer the mattress recycling program.

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a nonprofit organization created by the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). The MRC requested certification as a mattress recycling organization, per PRC section 42987 (a) (1), on July 1, 2014, and provided the department with their Articles of Incorporation. CalRecycle conditionally approved MRC’s request, pending approval by the Internal Revenue Service of the MRC’s nonprofit status as required by PRC section 42986 (h). On November 5, 2014 CalRecycle was provided proof of MRC’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and was certified by CalRecycle as a mattress recycling organization.

On March 30, 2017, the MRC officially formed a limited liability company (MRC CA LLC) to operate its California mattress recycling program in order to improve the long-term sustainability of each state program by insulating them from liability for other states’ obligations and provide added clarity as to each program’s funding (Letter to CalRecycle regarding MRC CA LLC).

Visit MRC’s website to keep apprised of their efforts, and to find mattress recycling locations near you.

Advisory Committee

The Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act requires the CalRecycle Director to appoint an advisory committee to be part of the mattress recycling organization. The director appointed thirteen individuals to the Mattress Recycling Organization Advisory Committee in March 2014 according to the general stakeholder categories recommended in statute. On April 25, 2017 the director appointed a new member into the Solid Waste Industry category to fill a vacancy created by a change in one of the appointees employment affiliations, as described in the April Request for Approval. On October 18, 2017, the director appointed two new local government representatives to fill a vacancy in that category as described in the October Request for Approval.

Environmental Community

  • Kelly McBee, Policy Analyst, Californians Against Waste
  • Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council

Solid Waste Industry

  • Curtis Michelini, Sr., Co-Owner and President of Industrial Carting and Global Materials Recovery Services
  • Veronica Pardo, Regulatory Affairs Director, California Refuse Recycling Council

Local Government

  • Rebecca Andreassen, Infrastructure Policy Analyst, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
  • David Goldstein, Recycling Market Development Zone Administrator, Ventura County
  • Doug Kobold, Waste Management Program Manager, Sacramento County
  • Jim McHargue, Air Pollution Control Officer/Director of Solid Waste, Amador County
  • Jo Zientek, Director, Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency, Santa Clara County

Private representatives involved in the collection, processing, and recycling of used mattresses

  • Don Franco, Jr., Vice President, Gateway Mattress Co., Inc.
  • Terry McDonald, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane Co., Inc.
  • Tchad Robinson, President, Blue Marble Materials

Other interested parties

  • Sharron Bradley, CEO, North American Home Furnishings Association
  • Mike Combest, Executive Vice President of Operations, The Sleep Train, Inc.
  • Rebecca Jewell, Private Consultant on waste management and recycling issues.

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Last updated: December 22, 2017
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