MRC Highlights July 2019 Issue

MRC News

MRC Submits 2018 California Annual Report

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) submitted its 2018 California Annual Report to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on July 1.

Over the last three years MRC’s program in California has continued to grow. Among the highlights reported in 2018: MRC-contracted recyclers collected 1.4 million mattresses and foundations and diverted  47,387,053 pounds of materials from landfills through reuse, recycling and biomass.

In 2018, MRC also focused on improving access to the program network for residents and businesses that collect discarded units. MRC increased the number of no-cost permanent collection sites in 2018 from 163 to 190 locations, bulky item collection programs from 9 to 40, and collection events from 74 to 97.

Retailers were also able to recycle their collected mattresses more conveniently in 2018. MRC provided collection opportunities to 286 retailers and other entities by the end of 2018 with 19 permanent locations at mattress retailers and 6 consolidation locations.

Get more details and see the full report here. To learn more about California’s mattress recycling program visit

Caressa Rice Joins Marketing and Communications Team

The Mattress Recycling Council welcomes Caressa Rice as our new Consumer Communications Assistant. She will assist with marketing and administrative tasks to support Bye Bye Mattress in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Prior to joining MRC, Caressa worked as the Marketing Coordinator for The Knot Worldwide, where she facilitated email marketing campaigns, maintained open communication with consumers and analyzed and evaluated campaign data. She was also previously the Marketing Development Coordinator for an architecture firm, where she maintained the company website and social media content. Caressa has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and journalism with a minor in sociology from Penn State University.

Commercial Volume Pickup (CVP) Program On a Roll

To increase program awareness and participation in the Commercial Volume Pickup (CVP) program, MRC recently sponsored and exhibited at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara. CVP Coordinator Joy Broussard reports it was a very successful event, with many educational institutions stopping by for information and several signing up for MRC’s CVP program.

She was also able to speak with active students about who we are and what we do, informing them on how they can help their schools.
More information about volume pickup opportunities in each participating state can be found here:
California Commercial Volume Pickup
Connecticut Commercial Volume Pickup
Rhode Island Commercial Volume Pickup

Mattress Industry: Come Chat with Us at the Las Vegas Summer Market

MRC will be at the Las Vegas Summer Market July 28-31.

Please look for us in the:
Home Furnishing Association’s
Retailer Resource Center
Building B, B-1050
Space 25

Our Program and Logistics Coordinator Joy Broussard will be there to discuss the recently launched Commercial Volume Pickup Program. If you’re a California retailer, this is your chance to discuss commercial volume pickup and/or container options available to you.

Our Industry Communications Specialist Paris Gholston will be there to answer questions related to recycling, the fee, reporting and payment obligations. Customer education materials will also be available for your convenience. See you there!

Help Wanted: MRC Seeks to Expand California Operations Team

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is expanding the California Operations team and seeks a qualified candidate with solid waste/recycling experience. Click the link below for details on applying.

Central California Program Coordinator

In the Community

Alameda County Mayors Conference Recap

At the invitation of Supervisor Nate Miley, MRC Managing Director Mike O’Donnell met with Alameda County mayors at a conference on July 10. He shared MRC’s efforts to increase community awareness of  Bye Bye Mattress, expand access to mattress recycling and help combat illegal mattress dumping.

Collection Sites & Recyclers

California Illegally Dumped Mattress Collection Initiative

As a reminder, MRC developed the Illegally Dumped Mattress Initiative to identify illegally dumped mattresses in California. We compensate California agencies that collect illegally dumped mattresses from public spaces and rights-of-way. More information about the initiative is available here. If your organization is eligible to participate, register today by contacting Mark Patti.

Upcoming Events

The Culture of Zero Waste
43rd Annual Conference & Trade Show
August 11 – 14, 2019
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, CA

Las Vegas Market
Upcoming Summer Market
July 28th – August 1st, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

For Retailers

For Collection Site & Event Hosts

Collection Site Hosts:

Find press releases, flyers, site signage and more!

Event Hosts

Media alerts, flyers, posters, signage and more!

Recyclers in Your Area

Connecticut & Rhode Island

Businesses should contact our Northeast Program Coordinator Dan McGowan for arrangements.

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