Working to Stop Illegal Mattress Dumping
Illegal dumping of mattresses hurts communities and the environment. We provide options to help address this problem and educate the public about the right way to dispose of a used mattress.
Leading the Development of Solutions
We lead efforts to curb illegal dumping by investing in community outreach initiatives and collaborative problem-solving to address this persistent problem.
Making an Investment
We invest $1 million annually to fund the Illegally Dumped Mattress Collection Initiative in California. This program works with a network of partners to collect data on illegally dumped mattresses and then target affected communities for support.
We sponsor a public service announcement to encourage proper disposal and combat illegal mattress dumping. Our current campaign has been aired over 5,000 times and has more than six million impressions.
We provide outreach material to help local governments educate residents about the right way to dispose of a used mattress and how to access our no-cost recycling program.
We also created a guide for policy makers looking for best practices in addressing the illegal dumping of durable waste, and lesson plan activities for those interested in educating youth about how to recycle properly and the impact of waste on the environment.
We participate in local and state task forces focused on addressing illegal dumping.
Sharing and Discussing
We host interactive workshops to discuss the root causes of illegal dumping, the effectiveness of past mitigation efforts and develop potential new interventions.
Cleaning Up Neighborhoods
We support projects to address hotspots and help communities prevent illegal dumping.
We engage communities working to mitigate illegal dumping by hosting mattress collection events and increasing outreach efforts in affected areas.
For more information about our efforts to address illegal mattress dumping or to participate in MRC’s Illegally Dumped Mattress Collection Initiative in California, please email Taylor Grimes.