ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), which operates the Bye Bye Mattress program in California, has awarded another $82,000 in funding to 11 mattress collection sites throughout the state. The funds will be used for equipment and infrastructure improvements that will better protect discarded mattresses and box springs to increase their recyclability or achieve other efficiencies such as lowering costs and improving safety.
This is the third round of collection site improvement funding that MRC has awarded. New Cycle 3 projects include the construction of weather coverings and cement pads to protect mattress integrity, additional forklifts to assist with quicker moving and storage of units and fencing to secure recycling areas against those who might compromise mattress recyclability or even start fires. Projects are slated for completion by June 2021.
Cycle 3 awardees are:
- Billy Wright Landfill (Merced County)
- City of Lompoc (Santa Barbara County)
- City of Redding (Shasta County)
- Eastlake Landfill (Lake County)
- Foothill Sanitary Landfill (San Joaquin County)
- Highway 59 Landfill (Merced County)
- Humboldt Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (Humboldt County)
- Jacumba Boulevard Revitalization Alliance and Real East County Fire Safe Council (San Diego County)
- Kings Waste Recycling Authority (Kings County)
- North County Recycling and Landfill (San Joaquin County)
- Rice Road Transfer Station (Fresno County)
The collection site improvement funding is part of MRC’s annual $1 million research fund to improve the recyclability of discarded mattresses and box springs and build new markets for recycled mattress materials. This initiative also includes evaluating and implementing efficiencies in the mattress recycling process.
For more information about MRC’s research projects, including funding for collection site improvement projects, visit mattressrecyclingcouncil.org/research/.
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