The Do’s And Don’ts of Mattress Recycling In California
How Can This Be Fixed?
Not everybody is going to be on board with recycling their used beds. They would much rather take them to the dump with their weekly load. For those who are looking for a solution to the problem, there has been a special act instilled called the California Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act. This act is aiming to reduce the illegal dumping of used beds, increase the recycling amount, and reduce public agency costs for the end-of-use management. It has been implemented since December 30, 2015.
A Mattress Can Be Deemed Unacceptable
Unfortunately, even though you paid that $11 fee when you purchased the bed, it does not mean that it can be recycled when you are done with it. A mattress or other bedding item can be deemed unacceptable if it is contaminated and/or poses a risk to new products, personnel, or equipment. The following are examples of unacceptable items:
- Severely damaged, frozen, stained, soiled, twisted, or wet mattresses, box springs, and foundations.
- If it’s infested with bed bugs
- Car beds
- Sleeping bags
- Any children’s item such as carriages, dressing tables, strollers, lounge pads, crib bumpers and baskets.
- Water beds or camping air-mattresses
- Fold-out sofa beds
- Futons & furniture
If for whatever reason your mattress is considered to be unacceptable, you can contact your city or town to find out which disposal options are available to you.
- Creates more recycling jobs for those who may have issues finding employment
- Reduces the reliance on landfills and incinerators by removing mattresses from the stream of waste
- Reduces the amount of illegally dumped beds
- Conserves resources by making used foam, steel, and other materials into brand new products.
How Is It Done?
When a mattress is recycled, there is a certain way that they do it. They first cut open the bed and the layers are separated and then separated by type. Foams, fibers, and other soft commodities are compressed and metal & box springs are extracted and sent to scrap recyclers. The metal is then sold to steel mills and foundries and the wood from the box springs are recycled and used as a fuel source.