Grass Valley, California August 24, 2022 – Proper disposal of a mattress and/or box spring has become much easier in Nevada County as WM partners with the Mattress Recycling Council to offer free disposal of mattresses and box springs at the station transfer from McCourtney Road.
Residents, including those not served by WM, may bring up to five mattresses and/or box springs to the transfer station at 14741 Wolf Mountain Road, Grass Valley during regular business hours, Wednesday through Sunday , 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for free disposal.
“We are excited to bring this convenient program to all residents and hope it helps reduce the number of illegally discarded mattresses and box springs in our communities,” said Barry Skolnick, regional vice president, WM Northern California – Nevada. “Between this program and WM’s bulky collection offers, disposing of an old mattress and box spring is easier than ever and free.”
Mattresses disposed of through the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program are dismantled and recycled. Steel, foam, fibers and wood salvaged from mattresses and box springs are sent to manufacturers to make hundreds of new products such as carpet padding, building rebar, insulation, filters and mulch.
The program is funded by a $10.50 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is purchased in California. The fees are used to establish free drop-off locations and collection events throughout the state, transport units collected from these sites to companies that dismantle discarded products and recycle materials. Other parts of the fee are dedicated to the fight against illegal dumping and research efforts that improve the recycling process and the recyclability of the component material.
“We are grateful to each of the solid waste facilities, local businesses and non-profit organizations that join our collection network and help us make it easier for residents to recycle used mattresses,” said Mike O’Donnell, CEO of MRC. “Together, this impressive network collects over 1.5 million mattresses each year that are recycled right here in California.”
Although disposal of mattresses and box springs is free, customers wishing to dispose of other materials at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station or residents wishing to dispose of more than five mattresses and box springs combined in one day will be charged disposal rates. standard disposal.
Mattresses not covered by this program include severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or damaged mattresses or box springs, any bed bug-infested mattress or box spring, mattress toppers or mattress toppers, sleeping bags, pillows, car beds, crib mattresses, mattresses inflatables, and sofa bed mattresses.
Residents wishing to take advantage of this program are asked to enter the transfer station through the standard ladder house entrance and inform the attendant that they are dropping off mattresses only. If other materials are dropped off at the station, standard disposal rates will apply.