California has launched a mattress recycling program that allows residents to drop off old mattresses and box springs at designated collection sites for free.
Many abandoned mattresses are needlessly crowding up landfills, supporters say, while others contribute to blight in communities including the Richmond area, where illegal dumping has been an issue.
On Tuesday, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, introduced the program, Bye Bye Mattress, at an event at the state Capitol in Sacramento. Hancock authored the law that created a non-profit program to oversee the statewide system of collecting discarded mattresses, dismantling them and “recycling their materials for use in other products,” according to a statement by Hancock.
California is the second state in the nation to have implemented a mattress recycling program.
“For too long, abandoned mattresses have blighted our communities,” Sen. Hancock said. “Californians have justifiably always taken pride in our efforts to increasingly reuse and recycle our waste.”