California requires a statewide mattress recycling program designed and implemented by mattress manufacturers with CalRecycle oversight. The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is the manufacturers’ stewardship organization that implements the program.
- CalRecycle approved the MRC’s 2020 Budget on October 1, 2019
- CalRecycle approved the MRC’s 2018 Annual Report on August 22, 2019.
- The Mattress Recycling Council submitted its proposed 2020 Budget and 2018 Annual Report to CalRecycle on July 1, 2019.
- On January 30, 2018, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee directed the California State Auditor to review CalRecycle’s oversight of the mattress program and the MRC’s administration of the recycling program (see full audit scope). The final audit report has been released and is posted at: https://www.bsa.ca.gov/reports/recent. The MRC responded to the audit findings via letter.
Why focus on mattresses?
It is estimated that millions of mattresses and box springs reach the end of their lives in California every year. The bulky nature of mattresses and the lack of affordable, convenient recycling options has resulted in significant illegal dumping costs to local jurisdictions throughout the state. Fortunately, used mattresses are highly recyclable (between 80-90 percent of each mattress by weight), and certain components such as steel and polyurethane have positive market value.
What is being done?
The California Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act (SB 254, Hancock, Chapter 388, Statutes of 2013) aims to reduce illegal dumping, increase recycling, and substantially reduce public agency costs for the end-of-use management of used mattresses. The legislation established an industry-run, statewide program to increase the recovery and recycling of mattresses at their end-of-use. Cleanup legislation signed by the governor in September 2014 (SB 1274, Hancock, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2014) provides additional clarity regarding definitions, report submittals, and record keeping requirements.
What can I do?
Recycle your old mattress and box spring. Visit Bye Bye Mattress to find a used mattress recycler, renovator, or drop-off location near you.
- Program Plan. The Mattress Recycling Council’s plan to establish and implement a statewide used mattress recovery and recycling program.
- Compliant Manufacturers, Renovators and Distributors. A list of compliant manufacturers and renovators under the California Mattress Stewardship Program plan will be compiled by the mattress recycling organization and provided to CalRecycle.
- Registration. Manufacturers, renovators, and retailers can find out more information regarding the registration process on the Mattress Recycling Council’s website.
- Listserv. If you would like to receive periodic e-mail notifications specific to the Mattress Stewardship Program implementation activities, subscribe to CalRecycle’s Mattress Product Stewardship listserv. Previous listserv messages can be found at the mattress listserv archive.
- Public Notices. For public notices that relate to CalRecycle oversight of the Mattress Product Stewardship Program (e.g., department decisions regarding regulations, plan approval, etc.) and other product stewardship programs, visit the CalRecycle public notices page.