Mattresses & Box Springs

Take to Landfill
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During the summer months, California residents can drop off mattresses and box springs for FREE at the Eastern Regional Landfill and Transfer Station. Typically May – October, but call ahead to confirm month range for season (530-583-7800). Four units per vehicle are permitted. Each mattress and each box spring is considered one unit. 

Paint Care Truckee and Bye-Bye Mattress also have a yearly drop-off event in September. Check their site for event details.

During the winter months, mattresses can be brought to Eastern Regional Landfill and Transfer Station for a fee. The gate fee is $13.50 for a single twin size mattress and $18.00 for a full, queen, or king size mattress. 

Mattresses are not allowed to be disposed of at the curbside.

Don't Just Dump Them

Never dump mattresses on the side of the road. Drop them off at a landfill, or dispose of them through a mattress recycling program. It’s expensive for public agencies to pick up illegally dumped mattresses.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Call for Pick-Up

There are a couple of independent companies in California that will pick up old mattresses for recycling, such as Mattress B Gone and Bay Area Recycle.

Ways to Reuse

Sell or Give Away

Listing a mattress on Craigslist or Freecycle can save you a trip to the landfill. Old, bulky items can otherwise be difficult or pricy to transport.

Did You Know?

Mattress Recycling Council Recycles 1,000,000 Mattresses

The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program began in 2015, and serves only California, Connecticut and Rhode Island. As of January 2017, they announced that the program has recycled over 1,000,000 mattresses. That means they have diverted over 25,000 tons of materials from landfills — that’s more than 11 million cubic feet of landfill space. Read more about Bye Bye Mattress.

Fillet the Mattress to Recycle It

St. Vincent de Paul employs workers to fillet or cut apart mattresses using a box cutter. These workers recycle approximately 170,000 mattresses per year. Compared to other mattress parts, material from “T” frame steel box springs is generally sold for the most money and lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Polyurethane from used mattresses is often recycled into wall foaming.