Alameda County residents, do you need to dispose of a mattress or box spring? You’re in luck.
Waste Management (WM), in coordination the Bye Bye Mattress program that is operated by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), is offering a free mattress drop off program at the Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex for all Alameda County residents. The program allows for free disposal of up to a combined total of 5 mattresses and/or box springs per day (self-haul).
Mattresses not covered by this program include severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or spoiled mattresses or box springs, any mattress or box spring infested with beg bugs, mattress pads or toppers, sleeping bags, pillows, car beds, crib mattresses, air mattresses, futons and sofa bed mattresses.
The program is funded through a $10.50 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is purchased in California. The fee is used to establish free drop-off locations and collection events throughout the state, transport collected units from these sites to companies that dismantle the discarded products and recycle the materials. Other portions of the fee are dedicated to combating illegal dumping and research efforts that improve recycling process and recyclability of the component material.