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

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 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

California Implementation Details Discussed at CRRA 2015

MRC’s Managing Director Mike O’Donnell will discuss the impacts to the existing solid waste infrastructure, current challenges, and how the program plan will work with stakeholders in the months prior to implementation. MRC will share implementation timelines along with information on how solid waste facilities, municipalities, and recyclers will be impacted by these new programs.

Thursday, August 6
Session 20: “Implementing California’s Used Mattress and Recovery Act”
10:15- 11:45am PST
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California
Conference Website

Manufacturers & Retailers: Time is Running Out to Comply with the State Mattress Recycling Laws

Mattress manufacturers and retailers that do not comply with certain legal requirements in three states with mattress recycling laws could experience a disruption of sales. The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is hosting a seminar for retailers, manufacturers and other market attendees at the Las Vegas Market at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4 in Building B, 16th floor to discuss the Connecticut, California and Rhode Island laws and other topics.

MRC’s leadership will share highlights of the program plans that it submitted to California and Rhode Island state authorities earlier this month, provide updates on the implementation of Connecticut’s program, answer questions about each state’s law, the industry’s obligations and the consequences of non-compliance, and introduce new resources that MRC has developed to help the industry comply with the law and communicate to customers.

“Mattress manufacturers, importers and retailers all have a role in this program’s success,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). “If you aren’t complying with these state laws, you run the risk of not being able to sell your products in these states. We urge market attendees to join us to learn the latest information about how these laws affect their business.”

ISPA formed MRC, a non-profit organization, to develop efficient, cost-effective and consumer friendly mattress recycling programs for all three states. For additional information about the Mattress Recycling Council, state implementation timelines and the latest legislative developments in mattress recycling, visit

Free Webinar for Mattress Stewardship Program Best Practices

This webinar will walk attendees through best practices for setting up the infrastructure for carpet and mattress stewardship programs. It will present information about the amount of collection space required, transportation requirements, appropriate processing centers, and materials recovery. And, it will discuss opportunities for all states to increase recycling opportunities and build capacity for carpet and mattress stewardship legislation.

Currently, only California, Rhode Island and Connecticut have laws regarding the proper disposal of mattresses and carpets. But stakeholders from all states are strongly encouraged to register for this webinar, as the lessons learned from carpet and mattress stewardship programs will help any site considering opportunities to more effectively manage these bulky products.

Tuesday, June 30
2:00-3:30pm EST
Free registration available here


  • Chris Hudgins, Vice President of Industry & External Affairs – Mattress Recycling Council
  • Walter Willis, Executive Director – Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Ill.
  • Brennen Jensen, California Carpet Stewardship Program Manager – Carpet America Recovery Effort

The panel will be moderated by Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute.


Save the Date for MRC's Information Session at Las Vegas Market

MRC is hosting an information session about state recycling programs during the summer Las Vegas Market.

Where:  World Market Center, Building B, WorldView on 16

When: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the Bye Bye Mattress program, the proposed fee and plans for California and Rhode Island, and the progress of Connecticut’s implementation. Speakers include MRC’s President Ryan Trainer, MRC’s Managing Director Mike O’Donnell and ISPA’s Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy Chris Hudgins.

Connecticut Says Hello to Bye Bye Mattress

Today, Connecticut becomes the first state in the nation with a statewide recycling program for used mattresses and box springs. The program, known as 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 state mattress recycling program mandated by law in 2013. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), city leaders and representatives from the solid waste and recycling industry gathered at the City of Hartford’s Bulky Waste & Recycling Center to commemorate the inaugural truckload of mattresses bound for the recycling facility.

“The implementation of this first in the nation mattress stewardship program means previously discarded mattresses will be recycled in an environmentally sound manner, sustaining jobs in Connecticut and resulting in cost savings for municipalities,” said DEEP’s Commissioner Robert Klee. “This program mirrors similar stewardship programs the state has enacted for electronics, paint and thermostats. We recognize the Mattress Recycling Council for their commitment to the success of this program and the City of Hartford for their leadership in getting this law passed.”

Bye Bye Mattress allows Connecticut residents to drop-off used mattresses at participating collection sites and recycling facilities for free. Almost 50 cities and towns across Connecticut have joined the program as designated collection locations, with some also providing curb-side pick-up. These sites span the state across urban and rural areas. Residents that take their used mattresses directly to one of the designated recycling facilities located in East Hartford or Bridgeport will receive $2 per mattress from the recycler (limit four per person per day/eight per person per year). Connecticut residents can find their nearest participating collection site or recycling facility at

MRC is also working with mattress retailers, hotels, military facilities, universities, healthcare facilities and other public and private entities in Connecticut to divert mattresses from the solid waste stream. It will report the program’s progress to DEEP each October.

“Working with all stakeholders, the industry has taken a major step toward creating a cost-effective solution to a long-term problem,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC. “We designed Connecticut’s program to increase the recycling of used mattress materials by leveraging the existing waste collection infrastructure. MRC is working with many types of businesses and industries to recycle their used mattresses through the program. The Connecticut resident benefits from the no-cost drop-off opportunities. This will both encourage more mattress recycling as well as discourage illegal dumping.”

The program is funded through a $9 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold to Connecticut 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.

Similar recycling programs are expected to launch in California and Rhode Island in 2016. To learn more about Bye Bye Mattress visit


Recycling Facts

Each year, 35 to 40 million new mattresses and box springs are sold in the United States, and at least 15 to 20 million used mattresses and box springs are discarded.

More than 80% of a used mattress’ components can be recycled —the metal springs, foam, wood and fibers — and made into new useful products. For example:

  • The steel springs are recycled as metal scrap and can be melted and used to make new appliances, building materials and other steel products.
  • The foam can be turned into carpet underlayment or animal bed padding.
  • The wooden frames can be shredded to produce landscaping mulch.
  • The cotton and other fiber can be used in industrial oil filters and other textile applications.

The Recycling Process

Most recyclers currently use the following process to dismantle a mattress:

  1. The top mattress layer (including the outer fabric) is cut, peeled and separated from the mattress’ interior materials (which can include fiber, polyurethane or latex foam and steel springs).
  2. The interior materials are pulled apart and separated by type.
  3. Foam, fiber and other soft commodities are baled and compressed for transport to scrap dealers or companies that will consume them to make new products.
  4. Metal springs from mattresses and box springs are extracted and sent to scrap recyclers that will sell them to steel mills and foundries.
  5. Wood is chipped or shredded.

Customer Education Materials Now Available

BBM Receipt AttachmentAs MRC nears the May 1 launch of Connecticut’s Mattress Recycling Program, it is beginning to roll out its customer education materials. The general public will know the Connecticut Mattress Recycling Program as Bye Bye Mattress. This customer-facing identity is being reinforced by a microsite (, PSAs, online advertising and a media relations campaign. The goal of the public outreach is to help the customer become aware of the program and fee prior to a store visit and during his/her purchasing decision.

To support retailers at point-of-sale, MRC is providing retailers with a receipt attachment (order them here) and a list of frequently asked questions and suggested responses (download the customer Q&A). A media resources library is also under development that contains other in-store and customer communication materials such as posters, information sheets, and web and social media content.

MRC will continue to communicate with the industry via and program updates.