At Palmpring, our impact on the environment is incredibly important to us. That’s why we use certified organic, sustainably grown materials. Some of our materials, like our coconut fiber, are even recycled from other industries to reduce waste! However, we can do more. After all, its not just about where your mattress comes from, but where it ends up. Too many mattresses are illegally dumped, or thrown into landfills when they’re full of recyclable materials.
What is the California Mattress Recycling Program?
Recycling isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to something as big as a mattress. That’s why California, and several other US states, have established programs to facilitate the recycling of old mattresses to reduce waste and pollution. Mattress companies collect fees for every mattress they sell, which are turned over to the MRC (Mattress Recycling Council) which puts the funds towards mattress recycling efforts.
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What’s with these fees?
For every mattress or mattress foundation that you purchase, the state of California requires that you pay an $11 recycling fee (at the time of this posting). This fee does not apply to mattresses sold for delivery outside of California. After collecting the recycling fee, retailers turn this money over to the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) and they put the money toward subsidizing mattress recycling facilities. This means you won’t be charged any additional cost to recycle your old mattress!
Although the fee is mandatory, you don’t have to recycle your mattress if you don’t want to. You can continue to dispose of your mattresses like you used to, while now contributing to the recycling of others.
Time to Recycle
Thanks to this program, you can now drop off your old mattress for recycling at any participating recycling facility for no additional cost. Or when you buy a new mattress, the company delivering your mattress can recycle the old one for you for free.
To find the participating collection location nearest to you, visit https://byebyemattress.com/programs-by-state/california/ and check out the map at the bottom of the page.
What can’t be recycled?
Some mattresses and other items don’t qualify for the California mattress recycling program. That includes mattresses and foundations that are severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen, soiled or infested with bed bugs. Pillows, sleeping bags, sofa beds, futons, water beds, aire mattresses, mattress pads and mattress toppers are all items that are NOT included in the mattress recycling program. But, just because you can’t recycle these items for free through this program, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to recycle, upcycle, or reuse these items as best you can.
The Palmpring Difference
Palmpring mattresses are made from certified organic natural materials. This means that even if you don’t recycle your Palmpring mattress, you’re still helping the environment. All of our materials (cotton, wool, natural latex and coconut fiber) are biodegradable. We don’t use any adhesives or toxic chemicals in our mattresses, either. Not only does that mean you avoid nasty off gassing in your home, it also means we’re not polluting the environment with harmful toxins either.