MRC Microgrants Fund Collection Site Infrastructure Improvements

Thanks to more than $120,000 in grant funding awarded by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), 15 mattress collection sites across nine counties in California have completed infrastructure projects designed to increase the recyclability of mattresses and save landfill space.

The awards resulted in 10 new weather-protection projects, including covers, cement pads and cargo containers. In total, those sites anticipate increasing recyclable units by more than 12,000 annually. The other five awardees purchased equipment including mobile ramps, forklift attachments, scissor docks and staircases to assist in loading units and improve the safety and/or efficiency of collection operations.

MRC collection sites are seeing the benefits from the funded improvements already: “MRC’s microgrant has been a great success in Sanger,” said Daniel Galvez, City of Sanger management analyst. “Since the grant award was announced, the additional attention the mattress recycling program received has helped the city increase collections to 1,506 mattresses in 2019 compared to 849 in 2018.  The cement pad and carport at the City Yard provide an easily identifiable location to drop off mattresses. The drop-off location also allows our staff the ability to collect, sort and load the mattress in a safe and dry location.”

Other sites that have completed projects agree: “The MRC microgrant has allowed us to improve our process,” said Zoraya Atayde, Green Waste Recovery relationship manager. “The collection, sorting and loading has become a lot easier, providing us with the ability to be more efficient.”

The completed projects represent the first round of two grant funding cycles that MRC has awarded to collection sites to date. The second cycle of microgrants for collection sites saw nearly double the number of applicants and more than a 50 percent increase in awards, with $192,000 allocated. MRC estimates that an additional 60,000 units will diverted be recycled as a result of these improvements, which are still underway. The two rounds of funding to collection sites from MRC to date total more than $300,000.

“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.”

The grant program is part of MRC’s annual $1 million research fund designed to improve the recyclability of discarded mattresses and box springs and build new markets for recycled mattress materials. For more information about collection site funding projects, please contact Abbie Beane at abeane@mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.

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Mattress Recycling Council Awards Nearly $200,000 in Grants to California Mattress Collection Sites

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), which operates the Bye Bye Mattress program in California, recently awarded $192,000 in grant funding to 24 mattress collection sites throughout the state. The funds will be used for infrastructure improvements or equipment purchases to increase the recyclability of discarded mattresses and box springs by providing weather protection, or to achieve other efficiencies such as lowering costs and improving safety.

“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.”

This is the second round of MRC grants to mattress collection sites, with both the number of applicants and awards doubling since Cycle 1. Approved Cycle 2 grant projects include the construction of weather coverings and cement pads to protect mattress integrity, mobile loading ramps to help with transportation and storage and forklift attachments to help with storage and loading.

Cycle 2 grant awardees include:

  • Billy Wright Landfill (Merced County)
  • Bowerman Landfill (Orange County)
  • City of Berkeley (Alameda County)
  • City of Exeter (Tulare County)
  • City of Oakland (Alameda County)
  • Conservation Corps of the North Bay (Marin County)
  • Foothill Sanitary Landfill (San Joaquin County)
  • Fresno Comfort Sleep (Fresno County)
  • Goodwill of Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County)
  • Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley (Alameda County)
  • Highway 59 Landfill (Merced County)
  • Holdoff’s Recycling (Modoc County)
  • Kings Waste Recycling Authority (Kings County)
  • Lovelace Transfer Station (San Joaquin County)
  • Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority (Mendocino County)
  • Neal Road Transfer Station (Butte County)
  • Nortech/Western Placer Waste Management Authority (Placer County)
  • North County Recycling and Landfill (San Joaquin County)
  • Olinda Landfill (Orange County)
  • Peñas Disposal (Tulare County)
  • Prima Deshecha Landfill (Orange County)
  • Urban Corps of San Diego County (San Diego County)
  • West Coast Resource Recovery (Contra Costa County)
  • The Wilkerson Company (Solano County)

The grant program is part of MRC’s annual $1 million research fund to improve the recyclability of discarded mattresses and build new markets for recycled mattress materials. This initiative also includes evaluating and implementing efficiencies in the mattress recycling process.

Mattress Recycling Council Announces 2020 Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) announces its 2020 Board of Directors:

  • Doug Guffey (Board Chair), Strategic Accounts Manager, Serta Simmons Bedding LLC
  • Richard Diamonstein, Managing Director, Paramount Sleep
  • Mason Hallet, Vice President of Sales, North America, Tricots-Liesse Knitting
  • Sabrina Hernandez, Specialty Account Representative, William T. Burnett & Co.
  • Mark S. Jones, President and CEO, HSM
  • Al Klancnik (Ex-Officio Board Member)
  • Jon Larson, President of Sound Sleep Products
  • William Moore, Director of Sales Operations, Jones Fiber Products, Inc.
  • Don Pflug, Executive Vice President of Operations, Southerland, Inc.
  • Ron Richmond, Vice President of Taxation, Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC
  • Shana Rocheleau, Vice President of Strategy, BedGear
  • David Spencer, Director of Warehouse Operations, Mattress Firm
  • Patrique Vielle, Senior Indirect Sourcing Program Manager, Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
  • Catherine Lyons, Chief Financial Officer, International Sleep Products Association (ISPA)
  • Ryan Trainer, President of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA)

 

“We are grateful to these industry veterans for generously sharing their time and expertise as members of MRC’s Board of Directors,” said Ryan Trainer, president of MRC and ISPA. “With the benefit of their combined expertise and input, MRC has established itself as a leader in mattress recycling.”

MRC’S Bye Bye Mattress Program Surpasses 5 Million Mattresses Recycled In California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five million mattresses have been recycled by the Bye Bye Mattress program in the state of California since the program began in 2016, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) announced today. If these mattresses were laid end-to-end they would span nearly 6,000 miles – enough to build a bridge from California to Hawaii and back. By recycling these units, Bye Bye Mattress helped California save more than 6 million cubic yards of landfill space.

“California is a global leader in mattress recycling, as evidenced by this significant milestone achievement,” said Mike O’Donnell, managing director of MRC, which operates the Bye Bye Mattress program. “We continue to build on this leadership by growing no-cost mattress recycling options statewide and helping ensure a greener California.”

More than 80 percent of a mattress can be recycled and turned into new consumer and industrial products. The five million mattresses recycled to date in California through MRC’s Bye Bye Mattress program equate to more than 168 million pounds of material kept out of state landfills and recycled into new products or diverted for other uses including:

• 84,318,480 pounds of steel

• 26,344,803 pounds of foam

• 26,853,401 pounds of cotton, quilt and other fibers

• 21,978,631 pounds of wood

• 8,883,028 pounds of other materials (cardboard, plastics, etc.)

When a mattress is recycled, it is cut open, the layers separated and interior materials organized by type for reuse. For example: the foam is recycled into carpet padding, the springs are used to make new appliances or other steel products, the fabric can be made into industrial filters and the wood from box springs is chipped for use as mulch or biomass fuel.

Bye Bye Mattress operates through a statewide network of permanent collection sites, public collection events and collaborations with solid waste providers, nonprofit organizations and small and minority-owned businesses. Collected mattresses are then transported from these sites to regional recyclers that dismantle and recycle mattress components.

Mattresses are also delivered to recyclers through Retailer Take-Back and Commercial Volume Pickup programs. Mattress recycling through Bye Bye Mattress is offered in all 58 California counties and 93 percent of residents have access to the program within 15 miles or less, according to MRC.

Bye Bye Mattress is funded through a recycling fee collected when a mattress or box spring is sold. MRC uses the fee to establish free drop-off locations and collection events throughout the state, combat illegal dumping and to further research that improves mattress recycling and develops new uses for the materials.

To find a collection location or event near you or to learn more about mattress recycling, visit www.ByeByeMattress.com.

About Mattress Recycling Council and Bye Bye Mattress

The Mattress Recycling Council was formed by the mattress industry to operate recycling programs (known as Bye Bye Mattress) in states that have enacted mattress recycling laws – California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Since its inception in 2016, the program has recycled more than 5 million mattresses in California collected from a network consisting of local governments, solid waste facilities, nonprofit organizations and small and minority-owned businesses throughout the state. For more information, go to www.ByeByeMattress.com

Mattress Recycling Council Promotes New No-Cost Sustainability Certification Program to California Mattress Manufacturers

Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2) Offers Manufacturers Training and Tools to Reduce Waste, Cut Energy Consumption and Lower Spending

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has launched the Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2), a new environmental certification and sustainability initiative for mattress manufacturers in the state of California. SP2 training and certification is offered at no cost to mattress manufacturers that want to improve operations at their manufacturing plants, distribution centers, warehouses and/or offices. 

“SP2 is designed to reduce waste and energy consumption in the manufacturing process while increasing operational efficiencies and generating cost savings,” says Ryan Trainer, president of the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). “Developed as part of the bedding industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship, this voluntary program supports ongoing sustainability efforts.” 

SP2 offers individual mattress manufacturers training to conduct an in-depth analysis to identify ways to reduce environmental impacts, establish best practices and set metrics to track progress by examining: 

  • The nature and designs of the products they manufacture
  • The raw materials they manage and consume in manufacturing and distributing those products
  • The energy, water and other resources needed in the manufacturing and distribution processes
  • Management and minimization of waste products generated at each stage in the manufacturing and distribution processes
  • How the products they manufacture today are managed at the end of their useful lives by recyclers

“This comprehensive approach will help participating manufacturers review, revise and improve their operations for better environmental performance,” says Justine Fallon, MRC’s director of operations. “The main goal is to help individual companies create voluntary proactive environmental management systems that can produce continual improvements over time.” 

Although initially available only to California mattress producers, MRC may expand the program to suppliers and retailers in that state and eventually to companies in other states that serve the California market, and perhaps elsewhere. Pleasant Mattress, based in Fresno, California, was the first manufacturer to undergo the training, and MRC expects two or three others to complete the training by the end of the year. 

“MRC encourages California mattress manufacturers to participate in this voluntary program to take advantage of the benefits it provides both to them and to the environment,” says Fallon. “Upon successful completion of the program, participants will earn an SP2 facility certification which they can promote to their customers, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability.” 

For additional information about the goals and benefits of SP2 and participation in this no-cost opportunity, California mattress manufacturers can visit www.MattressRecyclingCouncil.org/SP2 or contact Michael LaRussa, MRC program coordinator at 916-591-2540 or mlarussa@mattressrecyclingcouncil.org. 

About the Mattress Recycling Council 

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of statewide mattress recycling programs for states that have enacted laws. The organization provides valuable information and resources for industry professionals. As a result, every mattress contributes to a cleaner, more positive future.