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Mattress Recycling in Berkeley

Got an unwanted mattress or box spring? You have options!  

Mattress Recycling Options:

    1. Ask your retailer about taking it back.

If you are buying a new mattress, California law requires retailers to offer to take back your old mattress when delivering a new one at no additional cost. Discuss details during your purchase.

    2. Drop it off at the Berkeley Transfer Station.

California residents* can drop off up to two (2) eligible mattresses per visit at no charge.

*This program only applies to residents self-hauling their mattresses to the Berkeley Transfer Station. Commercial businesses/haulers pay the posted rates for all mattresses.

    3. Schedule a pickup (1-9 unit residential properties only).

Curbside mattress collection is available for 1-9 unit residential properties in 2021 at no charge. Limits apply. See curbside pickup details below. Please DO NOT put your mattress out prior to scheduling a pickup.

How to schedule a curbside pickup:    

  • Contact Customer Service at 510-981-7270 to request a pickup one day before you want to put your mattress out for collection. (Appointments cannot be made further in advance.)
  • The Property Owner/Authorized Account Holder must make the appointment.

 Curbside pickup details:   

  • Set-out Instructions:
    • Place mattress curbside by 7am on your scheduled pickup day. 
    • Mattresses will not be collected from private property. Please do not obstruct traffic right-of-way or the sidewalk. Ideal placement is the parking strip between the street and the sidewalk.
    • 1-4 unit properties: Eligible mattresses (see list below) will not be collected with your scheduled bulky waste pickup. Please do not put out eligible mattresses with your bulky items.
    • If possible, avoid requesting mattress collection on rainy days. Excessively wet mattresses cannot be recycled.
  • Quantity Limits:
    • Single-family: Limit of 2 mattresses per pickup, 2 pickups per year
    • Multi-family: Limit of 4 mattresses per pickup, 2 pickups per year
  • Missed Pickup Instructions:
    • Mattresses are usually picked up within 1-2 days, but it may take as long as five (5) days. Please call 510-981-7270 to report a missed pickup if your mattress has not been collected within five (5) calendar days.
    • Optional: You may print this tag and pin it to your mattress as a notification that your mattress is scheduled for collection.           

 Eligible Mattresses:  

  • Allowed: Mattresses eligible for collection and recycling include twin, full, queen, king/Cal king sized mattresses, box springs, and futon mattresses that separate from the frame or base. Memory foam mattresses are ok. 
  • Not allowed: Infant/child-sized mattresses, air mattresses, mattress toppers, or futon bases/frames. No excessively wet/moldy/soiled, severely twisted/punctured/crushed, or bed bug-infected mattresses.

What Happens to Your Mattress After Collection:

Eligible Mattresses are recycled into new products: Foam padding is turned into carpet underlayment or animal bed padding, fabrics are used in industrial oil filters and other textile applications, steel springs are recycled and used to make new appliances and building materials, and wood frames are shredded to produce landscaping mulch or to generate energy. Watch this 2 minute video highlighting the recycling process. 

Additional Information:

The 2021 curbside collection pilot program is operated by City of Berkeley Public Works Department staff and is funded by a grant from the MattressRecycling Council. The goal of this program is to reduce illegally dumped mattresses and to divert mattresses from the landfill for recycling. Mattress collection at the Berkeley Transfer Station is provided by a partnership between City of Berkeley and the MattressRecycling Council ByeByeMattress Program. These programs are funded by a recycling fee consumers pay when purchasing a new mattress or box spring. See this poster for more info.

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