SACRAMENTO, CA – More than 3 million mattresses over the past two years were diverted from landfills and sent to recycling facilities, thanks to the Mattress Recycling Council’s "Bye Bye Mattress" program, established in California in 2016, according to organizers. Hard to believe, perhaps, but 80 percent of used mattresses can be turned into new consumer and industrial products with old mattress foam turned into carpet padding, mattress springs sold as scrap steel and melted down to make building materials and other steel products, and wood from box springs chipped and used as landscape mulch, Bye Bye Mattress managers said. The no-cost, environmentally friendly program offers alternatives to Californians disposing of old mattresses through local collection sites and collaborations with local retailers and solid -waste providers. "Reaching this milestone in less than three years of operation is a significant achievement," said MRC’s Managing Director Mike O’Donnell. "We share the program’s success with our dedicated contractors and participating collection sites across California. We also have continued support from elected officials that voted for this law in 2013." A recycling fee collected when consumers buy mattresses and box springs in California funds the program. Old, collected mattresses are transported to regional […]

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