Who We Are

The Industry’s Trusted Mattress Recycling Resource 


The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a nonprofit organization formed by the mattress industry to operate recycling programs in those states that have enacted mattress recycling laws.

The program is currently running in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island and is known as Bye Bye Mattress to consumers. Each state’s program is funded by a recycling fee collected when consumers buy a mattress or box spring.

We are committed to educating the mattress industry about state’s mattress recycling laws and assisting retailers and manufacturers in complying with those laws. Through our work with local governments, waste management professionals, recyclers and others we have successfully developed accessible and efficient collection and recycling networks in our program states.

How The Program Works


In each state where mattress recycling laws have been enacted: 

Timeline


Since 2015, MRC has grown and established a successful mattress recycling operation, creating a sustainable funding mechanism and efficient process for collection in the states where we operate.

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2013

California, Connecticut and Rhode Island each passed a state law creating an industry-led statewide recycling program.

2015

MRC launched Bye Bye Mattress in Connecticut. First ad campaign and PSA airs.

2017

Stop Illegal Dumping PSA campaign. 1 million mattress milestone achieved.

2019

Sleep Products Sustainability Program launched. Collection site improvement funding begins. Research initiatives introduced.

2014

The bedding industry created the Mattress Recycling Council.

2016

MRC began recycling in California and Rhode Island. Illegally Dumped Mattress Collection Initiative begins.
Sandman is created.

2018

MRC brings colleagues together for Global Recycling Summit.

2020

5th anniversary. 6 million mattresses recycled. 1 million visitors to ByeByeMattress.com.

2013

California, Connecticut and Rhode Island each passed a state law creating an industry-led statewide recycling program.

2014

The bedding industry created the Mattress Recycling Council.

2015

MRC launched Bye Bye Mattress in Connecticut. First ad campaign and PSA airs.

2016

MRC began recycling in California and Rhode Island. Illegally Dumped Mattress Collection Initiative begins.
Sandman is created.

2017

Stop Illegal Dumping PSA campaign. 1 million mattress milestone achieved.

2018

MRC brings colleagues together for Global Recycling Summit.

2019

Sleep Products Sustainability Program launched. Collection site improvement funding begins. Research initiatives introduced.

2020

5th anniversary. 6 million mattresses recycled. 1 million visitors to ByeByeMattress.com.

How Mattresses Are Collected for Recycling 


We collect mattresses through a variety of channels, offering consumers and businesses options for recycling:

Solid Waste Collection System

We coordinate with existing solid waste collection infrastructure in each state, establishing collection sites at landfills, transfer stations or public works yards or by working with curbside collectors such as municipalities or waste contractors.

Collection Events

We host collection events where residents can drop off mattresses at no cost. Labor, transportation, recycling and publicity is provided.

Commercial Volume Pickup

Businesses and other entities with large quantities of used mattresses can either drop off or have these units picked-up by an MRC-contracted transporter.