CalRecycle Approves MRC’s Recycling Budget & Fee; Collection Begins in December

Today, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) approved the budget and recycling fee that the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) had proposed to fund its California Mattress Recycling Program (which will be known to consumers as Bye Bye Mattress).  MRC is a non-profit organization established by the mattress industry to implement the Used Mattress Recovery & Recycling Act, a law California passed in 2013 that requires the mattress industry to create and administer a program to promote mattress recycling in the state.  As a result of today’s approval, mattress retailers and other sellers must collect an $11 recycling fee on each mattress or box spring sold to California end-users.  The fee will go into effect beginning December 30, 2015, and applies to all sales of new, used and renovated mattresses and box springs.  For these purposes, a mattress and a box spring are each considered a separate unit, and the fee must be collected on each unit.

To comply with this new law, both brick-and-mortar and online retailers selling mattresses in or into California must register at MRCreporting.org. This secure portal also allows retailers to submit monthly sales reports and remit collected recycling fees.

The fees will be used to fund mattress collection, transportation and recycling services throughout California. The program will also create a network of collection sites for California residents, hotels, universities, hospitals and military bases and will support a fund to help communities battle illegal dumping.

“Since the law passed two years ago, MRC has been building relationships with stakeholders to bring no-cost mattress collection to communities throughout California,” said Ryan Trainer, president of Mattress Recycling Council and the International Sleep Products Association. “It’s exciting to see all of our planning come to fruition.  We look forward to helping the state meet its recycling goals and provide Californians with an efficient and responsible way to manage their discarded mattresses.”

MRC estimates that in the United States, at least 20 million mattresses and box springs are discarded each year when consumers replace their old mattress with a new one. This averages about 50,000 units per day.

In May, 2015, MRC launched the nation’s first Bye Bye Mattress recycling program in Connecticut and has recycled over 50,000 units to date.  Rhode Island has a similar law and expects its program to begin in the Spring of 2016.

For more information, please visit mattressrecyclingcouncil.com.

About Mattress Recycling Council: The Mattress Recycling Council is a non-profit organization formed by the mattress industry to operate recycling programs in states that have enacted mattress recycling laws – Connecticut, California and Rhode Island.  Each state’s program will be funded by a recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold. The fees pay for the transportation and recycling of the mattresses.

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