Keep Mattressess Off the Curb
As part of CalRecycle’s commitment to transparency and public participation, the department’s monthly meeting provides program updates, announcements and a report from the department’s director. CalRecycle’s monthly public meetings fall on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.
CalRecycle meeting: September 20, 2022
Participate remotely via webcast.
When you buy a new mattress there is a $10.50 fee added to the cost of the mattress, in addition to state taxes and delivery. The actual costs and reporting associated with disposal of a mattress are much greater than the fee collected by the retailer.
CalRecycle’s investigation started in January 2020 and found violations, including:
- Failure to collect recycling charges and remit them to the mattress recycling program
- Failure to provide inspectors access to the retailer’s facility
- Failure to provide compliance records to state inspectors
The retailer did not correct the violations and now faces penalties of $68,916.
There is only one facility in the San Fernando Valley for recycling mattresses:
Burrtec Burbank Recycling Center 500 S. Flower St. Burbank, CA 91502 Mattress Disposal in California (byebyemattress.com)
The Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act (Public Resources Code Sections 42985-42994),
- was enacted as SB 254 on September 27, 2013.
- established an industry-run statewide mattress recycling program
- made California the third-state in the U.S. to pass mattress recycle legislation.
- The mattress recycling organization, recyclers, renovators, and solid waste facilities are required to submit annual reports to CalRecycle.
Then in 2020 the law was amended, starting January 2021
- Businesses that manufacture and/or distribute mattresses, futons, box springs, adjustable bed frames, and foundations to end-users living in California will be required to offer free pickup and recycling of the old item(s) at no additional charge to the customer.
- The previous exemptions were no longer allowed
- The old mattress is contaminated.
- The new mattress was purchased online and delivered by a common carrier.
Today the regulations, reporting, fines, and costs of recycling mattresses in California are detailed on the States website. Law - CalRecycle Home Page