New & Improved Recycling Locator

Before California, Connecticut and Rhode Island passed their recycling laws, The Mattress Recycling Council developed a list of recyclers across the country known as the recycling locator. Now that these states have implemented their Bye Bye Mattress program, the locator has grown to accommodate collection sites and collection events, as well as a growing audience of users. More complex listings and a demand for a better user experience both from the general public and industry has resulted in major redevelopments. These improvements include:

  • Personalized Map Display –The locator automatically knows where you are located based on your computer’s IP address. Nearby collection sites and recyclers are immediately visible and differentiated by color coded markers.
  • No More Scrolling for Results – Results are listed beside the map in order of proximity. Collection events are displayed separately.
  • Improved Filtering Capabilities – Only want to see the recycling facilities or places that will accept business/large volume at no-cost? Then check that box. Advanced search also allows further refinement of the results.

In addition to the improved power and intuitiveness of the search functionality and user-friendly results displays, we’ve leveraged the locator’s data to improve other portions of our websites. For example, state pages now display statewide location listings and a map view.

Please visit the new and improved ByeByeMattress.com to explore all the mattress recycling options available in your area.

COLLECTION SITES & EVENT HOSTS – Please verify the accuracy of your listing. Contact MRC’s Marketing & Communications with any revisions or questions.

Ocean State Waves Hello to Bye Bye Mattress

On Sunday, Rhode Island becomes the third state in the nation with a free recycling program for mattresses and box springs. The program, known as Bye Bye Mattress, has established free collection points in cities and towns across the state. Rhode Island residents can find their nearest participating collection site or recycling facility at www.byebyemattress.com beginning May 1.

Bye Bye Mattress is administered by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the recycling program mandated by law in 2013. The program is funded through a $10 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold to Rhode Island consumers. Consumers will notice this fee as a separate line item on their receipt. The fee is used to pay for transporting and recycling the discarded mattresses.

“Combating Illegal dumping and reducing the impact on landfills have always been concerns for the mattress industry,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and the International Sleep Products Association. “We have found that recycling can be a realistic option for these products and help us address these issues when, like in Rhode Island, a program has the support of state and local governments, consumers and businesses.”

Solid waste facilities in 31 towns are participating as designated collection locations and more are expected to join throughout 2016. MRC will also work with mattress retailers, hotels, universities, healthcare facilities and other public and private entities in Rhode Island to divert mattresses from the solid waste stream.

In addition to establishing these free collection points, the program will also provide a $2 consumer incentive when an individual chooses to drop off a mattress or box spring at Ace Mattress Recycling in West Warwick.  No more than eight mattresses per household per year are eligible for the incentive and individuals may not deliver more than four mattresses at a time.

“We currently handle approximately 32,000 mattresses a year at the Central Landfill,” said Sarah Reeves, Director of Public Policy Programs & Planning for Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). “With recycling now a more convenient and free option for all state residents, we hope to see that number decrease significantly.”

RIRRC and other stakeholders in the program, including government officials, municipal and solid waste representatives and the mattress industry, will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at RIRRC’s Central Landfill in Johnston to commemorate the launch of the program.

MRC Adds New Territory Representative to California Team

MRC would like to welcome Elizabeth Wagner to our California implementation team. She will be responsible for a variety of program tasks including working with municipalities, retailers, recyclers, and other mattress generators in Northern California.

Wagner’s previous experience includes over two years working for CalRecycle to oversee product stewardship programs affecting other product categories in California. Some of her responsibilities included tracking the development of new legislation and management strategies for difficult to manage materials. Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

“Liz is well respected in the environmental community and has a robust understanding of laws created to encourage recycling of consumer products at end of life,” said Mike O’Donnell, managing director of MRC. “We are pleased to have her join our team and look forward to expanding the program to more communities throughout California.”

The Mattress Recycling Council is a non-profit organization formed by the mattress industry to operate recycling programs in three 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. To learn more, go to www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.

MRC launches Illegal Mattress Dumping Compensation Program in California

MRC has just launched a program to help mitigate costs of collecting illegally dumped mattresses in California communities. This program allows agencies responsible for the collection of illegally dumped mattresses from the public right-of-way, including California local governments, certain permitted solid waste facilities, and authorized solid waste operations to receive payment from MRC for the collection of illegally dumped mattresses. MRC has allocated a total of $750,000 to fund this effort for 2016. Eligible entities that wish to receive reimbursement must register and begin tracking the number of illegally dumped mattresses collected. Register for the program and see the complete eligibility requirements and reporting instructions at https://connect.re-trac.com/registration/mrc-idp, or contact Mark Patti at mpatti@mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.

Our Lunch & Learn: Say Hello To Bye Bye Mattress at ISPA Expo 2016, Wednesday, March 9th 12-1PM

Bye Bye Mattress is the consumer-facing brand created by MRC.  MRC was created to run the newly-minted mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Learn about mattress recycling from the viewpoints of regulators, operators, retailers, and PR experts.  Hear how the industry is responding to these programs and how MRC is using consumer outreach to promote the industry and its recycling efforts.

We hope to see you there!

Rhode Island Plan Approved

On January 13, 2016, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) approved the Rhode Island Mattress Recycling Plan proposed by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the statewide mattress recycling program established by General Law 23-90.  This makes Rhode Island the third state to authorize MRC to implement a statewide mattress recycling program.  Connecticut and California launched their programs in 2015.  MRC will launch the Rhode Island program on May 1, 2016.

The approved plan requires that retailers add a $10 recycling fee to each new or renovated mattress and box spring sold to Rhode Island consumers.  Consumers will see this fee as a separate line item on their receipt beginning May 1.  Retailers and other businesses selling mattresses will remit those fees to MRC.  The fees will pay for transportation and recycling of discarded mattresses. Rhode Island’s law resulted from the International Sleep Products Association’s (ISPA) effort to develop a practical and economically efficient approach to mattress recycling.

“Resource Recovery couldn’t be happier to see this program on the near horizon,” said Michael OConnell, Executive Director of RIRRC. “Mattresses and box springs are made from nearly 90% recyclable materials. These materials are valuable to manufacturers and do not belong in our state’s landfill. Proper recycling of discarded mattresses means that the Rhode Island Central Landfill’s life will be further extended and cities and towns will save money.”

This program will divert mattresses from landfills to recyclers who will extract valuable resources including steel, foam, and cotton from each mattress.  The program will also allow consumers to drop-off their discarded mattresses free of charge at designated locations.

“The mattress industry is leading the way in responsibly managing discarded mattresses. This program benefits consumers, local and state governments, and the environment,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and ISPA.  “Through this law, the industry has developed an efficient infrastructure for handling these products and a sustainable means for funding this work.”

MRC estimates that in the United States at least 20 million mattresses and box springs are discarded each year.  This averages to about 50,000 units per day.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the fee charged on any type of mattress?
The law defines mattress as a new, used or renovated mattress or box spring. It does not include: any mattress pad, mattress topper, sleeping bag, pillow, car bed, carriage, basket, dressing table, stroller, playpen, infant carrier, lounge pad, crib bumper, waterbed or air mattress, fold-out sofa bed or futon.

How can consumers recycle a mattress?
Consumers will continue to dispose of mattresses through traditional methods such as municipal collection or drop off, or retailer take back when a new mattress is delivered.  These mattresses, which may have previously gone to a landfill or waste-to-energy facility, can now be recycled.  Consumers may also drop off mattresses at designated recycling facilities at no charge.

What types of mattresses will the program accept for recycling?
Any mattress or box spring discarded by Rhode Island consumers is eligible for recycling. However, the program will not accept:

• Severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or soiled mattresses or box springs
• Mattresses or box springs infested with bed bugs
• Mattress pads or toppers
• Sleeping bags
• Pillows
• Car beds
• Juvenile products (i.e., carriage, basket, dressing table, stroller, playpen, infant carrier, lounge pad, or crib bumpers)
• Crib and bassinet mattresses
• Water beds or camping air mattresses
• Fold-out sofa beds
• Futons and furniture

Where can consumers receive more information including recycling locations?
Visit www.byebyemattress.com for more information.

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.  To learn more, go to www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.

About ISPA
Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA is the voice of the mattress industry, representing mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world. To learn more, visit www.sleepproducts.org or contact info@sleepproducts.org.

About Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is the quasi-state environmental agency dedicated to providing the public with environmentally sound and cost-effective programs and facilities to manage Rhode Island’s waste. The agency manages the state’s recycling program, and owns and operates the Materials Recycling Facility and Central Landfill in Johnston.

Press Conference Held Today to Launch Bye Bye Mattress

Sacramento, CA – Today, government officials, municipal and solid waste representatives and the mattress industry gathered at the state Capitol building to commemorate the launch of the state’s new mattress recycling program. “For too long, abandoned mattresses have blighted our communities,” said Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, author of the measure that created California’s mattress-recycling program. “Californians have justifiably always taken pride in our efforts to increasingly reuse and recycle our waste. With this new recycling opportunity, California is taking another step toward zero waste and giving our people another way to improve both their neighborhood quality of life and the environment of our planet. This is what government does when we work together.”

As of December 30th, California became the second state in the nation with a statewide recycling program for used mattresses and box springs. The program, known as Bye Bye Mattress, allows California residents to drop-off used mattresses at participating collection sites and recycling facilities for free. The program diverts old mattresses from waste to recycling so California landfills will be less crowded as old mattresses are recycled into new, useful products. Residents can find their nearest participating collection site or recycling facility at www.byebyemattress.com.

The event included remarks from Sen. Hancock as well as:

– Ryan Trainer, President of the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC)

– Mark Murray, Californians Against Waste

– Richard Diamonstein, Paramount Sleep and MRC Chairman

Guests were also informed on how a mattress is deconstructed and recycled and there were samples of raw materials to touch and feel—cotton, coconut husk, urethane foam, memory foam, mattress topper, felt, metal springs and wood.

Bye Bye Mattress is administered by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry to develop and manage the recycling program mandated by law in 2013. The program is funded through an $11 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold to California consumers. Consumers will notice this fee as a separate line item on their receipt. The fee is used to pay for transporting and recycling the discarded mattresses—ultimately making recycling easier for California residents.

MRC Welcomes Three New Staff Members

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has hired Fendi Nixon as its Accounts Payable Specialist.  Fendi will be working closely with Catherine Lyons as MRC launches California in 2016.  Fendi began her career in the Accounting field at Maryland Live Casino as a Revenue Auditor.  Shortly thereafter, she graduated from Coppin State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

After graduating, Fendi continued to work in the Accounting field.  She was hired as an Accounts Payable Specialist for Macfadden & Associates as a government contractor.  She also worked as a Tax Professional at H & R Block during the 2014 tax year.  Fendi’s passion for accounting is undeniable.  She is a candidate for the CPA and is looking to sit for the exam sometime in 2016.

In her spare time she enjoys comedy and cars.

MRC welcomes Erin Bowers as its Marketing Specialist.  Erin will be assisting Amanda Wall, MRC’s Marketing & Communication’s Coordinator.  She will take on multiple assignments within the Marketing & Communications department.

Erin began her career within the Communications field as a Program and Development Intern for MTV’s first bilingual network, MTV Tr3s.  After graduating in 2013 for the University of Florida with a of Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Film and Media Studies) she worked as a Marketing Coordinator for a small insurance firm.  From there, Erin went on to work at UA Brands as a Corporate Account Coordinator.  She took on many customer service and large scale account coordination for large Fortune 500 Companies.  A recent DC metro transplant Erin most recently worked for Red Top Cab Arlington as the Marketing Assistant where she developed social media and ads for Red Top’s new app.

In her spare time Erin enjoys watching her Florida Gators, spending time with her boyfriend, family & friends, and volunteering for several non-profit causes.

In addition the MRC has hired Paris Gholston as its Customer Service Specialist & Retailer Liaison.  Paris will be assisting Amanda Wall, MRC’s Marketing & Communication’s Coordinator and our Managing Director, Mike O’Donnell. She will take on multiple assignments within the Customer Service & Marketing/Communications department of the MRC.

Paris relocated to DC after graduating in 2014 from the University of Tennessee.  She received a Master’s of Science degree in Sports Management.  Prior to coming on board at the MRC, Paris was a Marketing Intern within American University’s Athletic Department.  After her internship she went on to work at Washington Sports Club as an Assistant Program Manager for the club’s Kids Division.  While there Paris coordinated many children and adult sports programs as well as handled much of the customer service and marketing tasks.

MRC is glad to welcome Erin, Fendi, and Paris.

We're Hiring!

MRC seeks qualified candidates to assist with administrative tasks to support statewide mattress recycling programs in Connecticut, Rhode Island and California. It’s also seeking an experienced sales and marketing professional to create an important link between the MRC and mattress retailer community. Both jobs are full-time positions and will be based at MRC’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. See below for a complete job description.

Marketing Administrative Specialist
Retailer Liaison

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to opportunities@mattressrecyclingcouncil.org. Indicate the job title in the email subject line.

MRC’s Las Vegas Market Seminar Now Available

If you missed our Mattress Recycling Law presentation at the Las Vegas Market, you can view the slideshow here. Highlights include:

  • A summary of retailer, producer and renovator obligations under each law
  • California’s proposed fee and program start date
  • Rhode Island’s proposed fee and program start date
  • An update on Connecticut’s implementation
  • How to recycle mattresses you collect through your state’s program
  • An explanation and preview of the resources we have made available to assist you with compliance and customer education