January 6, 2016
California has become the second state in the nation to implement a statewide mattress recycling program for used mattresses and box springs. California residents can now drop off used mattresses at participating locations for free recycling. 2 locations are available for Woodland residents:
“The implementation of this mattress recycling program means discarded mattresses will be recycled in an environmentally sound manner, creating California jobs and resulting in cost savings for municipalities,” said Scott Smithline, director of CalRecycle.
DR3 Recycling made Woodland its new home last year where they have been collecting mattresses in the region for recycling. DR3 is part of the St. Vincent de Paul project where they have created jobs for those that have trouble finding work such as refugees, parolees, homeless, etc.
The mattresses taken to DR3 are disassembled and separated by material type. Wood is taken to the Woodland Biomass where it's incinerated for energy, the metal is recycled, and the fabrics are taken to centers where they recycle them into products such as carpet padding.
Similar to the e-waste recycling act enacted several years ago, new mattresses purchased after 1/1/16 will have an $11 recycling fee added when purchased that will help fund the program and ensure mattresses get recycled and stay out of the landfill.
For more information about the program or to find other mattress recycling locations, visit www.byebyemattress.com.