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California Launches Free Mattress Recycling Program

California Launches Free Mattress Recycling Program

The polyurethane foam, steel springs and wood frames from Californians’ used mattresses will soon become the material for carpet padding, landscaping mulch and new bedding.

Under a state program that took effect this month, California residents are now able to drop off their old mattresses and box springs at participating collection sites for free. Funded through an $11 fee on mattress and box spring purchases, the program aims to divert that bulky waste from landfills to recycling facilities that can turn it into other useful products.

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