It has been just over a year since CCNB started its partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council to collect and recycle used mattresses and box springs. Our goal is to deter the dumping of mattresses—residents will often avoid bringing mattresses to landfill or their waste management company to avoid paying the fee. By offering mattress recycling events multiple times a week in both Sonoma and Marin County, we conserve resources and support our community.
Up to eighty percent of a mattress is recyclable: fabric and fibers can be used in industrial oil filters and other textiles, wooden frames can be chipped or shredded to make landscaping materials or burned as an alternative fuel source, steel springs can be recycled to make new appliances and building materials, and foam padding can be turned into underlay for carpet or padding for animal beds! Starting in 2020, we expanded our services and can collect futon mattresses to recycling.
By partnering with the Mattress Recycling Council, local companies, and municipal agencies, we can host a variety of mattress collection events throughout the community and at two of our office locations. In 2019 our crews collected over 3,500 used mattresses and kept them out of the landfill! That is easily over 150,000 pounds of material diverted from the landfill and kept out of the waste stream for now. This is one of our favorite services to provide, and we love hearing from grateful residents when they come to drop off their used mattresses.