Jan 14, 2016
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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.

Unfortunately, there are no drop off locations for mattress recycling in West County. The nearest collections locations are American Canyon and Oakland. See all California collections locations here.

“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.”


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.