Why am I being charged a mattress recycling fee?
Laws in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island require us to collect a small fee at checkout for every mattress, foundation, and adjustable base sold.
The fees are used to fund recycling efforts in these states, as part of a program called Bye Bye Mattress
. This program is operated by the Mattress Recycling Council
, a nonprofit organization started by the mattress industry. The fees go toward the collection and processing of discarded mattresses and foundations.
Per state laws, we have to collect the fee even if you don't plan on getting rid of your old mattress right now. Mattresses don't last forever—eventually, you'll have to discard your old one, and the fees will help cover the recycling costs when the time comes.
About 20 million mattresses
end up in U.S. landfills every year—
that's about 55,000 per day—
and that can take a toll on the environment. Since 2015, Bye Bye Mattress has helped reduce the number of mattresses that end up in landfills by recycling six million mattresses.
Recycling a mattress has many benefits: It conserves resources, with recyclable materials such as foam padding, steel springs, and wooden frames being used to make new products; it creates recycling jobs; it reduces the number of illegally dumped mattresses; and it results in less reliance on landfills.