California has now enacted Assembly Bill 187 (AB 187), which amends the state’s existing mattress recycling law and expands access for California residents to MRC’s already successful statewide mattress recycling network.
The amendment will improve MRC’s California program by: adding futon mattresses to the products that MRC will recycle in California (and that are subject to recycling fees) as of Jan. 1, 2020; and requiring companies that sell mattresses through the Internet and deliver them by common carrier to offer to pick up discarded mattresses from their customers at no added charge as of Jan. 1, 2021. AB 187 makes a number of other changes that affect how MRC administers its California program but will have no direct impact on how mattress manufacturers, retailers and consumers interact with MRC and its California mattress recycling program.
MRC will inform program participants and potential new registrants of next steps to comply with the new requirements. Since the program’s inception in 2016, more than 4 million mattresses have been recycled in California, diverting more than 140 million pounds away from landfills. MRC thanks Governor Newsom, the bill’s co-authors Assembly Members Bigelow and Garcia, and all those who supported efforts to make a good program even better in California.