Need to dispose of a mattress or box spring? You’re in luck.
Waste Management (WM), in coordination the Bye Bye Mattress program that is operated by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), is offering a free mattress drop off program at the Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex for all Alameda County residents. The program allows for free disposal of up to a combined total of 5 mattresses and/or box springs per day (self-haul).
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this additional service and hope it helps to reduce illegal dumping in our communities”, saidWM Public Service Manager Virginia Harrington.The MRC and WM are working together to offer this program to all county residents regardless of if they are WM customers.
Mattresses disposed of through the Bye Bye Mattress program are disassembled and recycled. The steel, foam, fiber and wood recovered from mattresses and box springs are sent to manufactures to make hundreds of new products such as carpet padding, construction rebar, insulation, filters and mulch.
Mattresses not covered by this program include severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or spoiled mattresses or box springs, any mattress or box spring infested with beg bugs, mattress pads or toppers, sleeping bags, pillows, car beds, crib mattresses, air mattresses, futons and sofa bed mattresses.
The program is funded through a $10.50 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is purchased in California. The fee is used to establish free drop-off locations and collection events throughout the state, transport collected units from these sites to companies that dismantle the discarded products and recycle the materials. Other portions of the fee are dedicated to combating illegal dumping and research efforts that improve recycling process and recyclability of the component material.
Find information about all types of bulky waste disposal here.