Alexandria, Virginia – The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress programme has now recycled a million mattresses in the three states in which it operates, California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
This achievement means that almost 25,000 tons of materials have been diverted from landfill, saving more than 300,000m3 of landfill space, the orgnaisation said.
“During the initial year of its programme, Bye Bye Mattress has significantly increased mattress recycling for communities across the states served,” said Ryan Trainer, president of the Mattress Recycling Council. “It is a major milestone, but is also just the beginning. We are still committed to making mattress collection and recycling in these states easier and more efficient for everyone.”
The programme is funded via a small recycling fee, collected when mattresses and boxsprings are sold. Eleven recycling facilities process mattresses on behalf of the programme, separating out the foam, steel, fibres and wood for sale to scrap dealers and other end markets.