Sacramento, California – The Mattress Recycling Council has awarded grants to 24 mattress collection sites in California. The grants total $192,000.
MRC says the funds will be used for infrastructure improvements or equipment purchases, particularly those that will increase the recyclability of mattresses by providing weather protection such as rain coverings and cement pads. Other grants will improve efficiency, for example by paying for mobile loading ramps and forklift attachments.
This is the second round of MRC grants to mattress collection sites. It is part of the organisation’s annual $1m research fund to improve the recyclability of old mattresses, and build new markets for the recycled materials.
‘Providing these grants is just one of the ways we continue to work with the more than 200 mattress collection sites throughout California to increase productivity and divert as much material as possible from state landfills,’ said Mike O'Donnell, managing director of MRC. ‘The program serves as a global model for successful mattress recycling and we want to continue that leadership.’