The city of Berkeley announced an expanded mattress and box spring curbside collection and recycling program for residents Monday.
Residents have three ways to recycle their old mattresses, according to a city of Berkeley press release. These include asking their retailer to remove it, scheduling a curbside pickup or dropping it off at the city’s Transfer Station. The curbside pickup and Transfer Station are part of a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council, an organization focused on recycling discarded mattresses and reducing illegal dumping, the press release added.
“Over 75% of the materials in a mattress or box spring can be recycled into new products,” the press release reads. “When you’re ready to say goodbye to your old mattress, make sure its materials are put to good use.”
Residents can take up to two clean, dry mattresses and box springs to the Transfer Station, located at 1201 Second St., free of charge from Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. People can also schedule curbside pickups through a new pilot program by calling 510-981-7270, the press release noted.
Certain items, such as wet, crushed and infested mattresses will not be collected. Similarly, child-sized mattresses and air mattresses can not be left out for curbside collection.
The expanded recycling program is part of the city’s effort to reduce illegal dumping and work on sustainability goals, according to the press release.
“With this program, which supports our Strategic Plan goal to ‘be a global leader in addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice, and protecting the environment,’ we hope to reduce the number of illegally dumped mattresses in Berkeley and divert more mattresses from landfill,” the press release reads.