2017-03-17 / Editorials

Old mattresses can be recycled

Commentary /// Eye on the Environment
By David Goldstein
Special to the Acorn

Illegally dumped items attract more dumping, especially with items like mattresses. To make mattress recycling easier, last year California joined Connecticut and Rhode Island in implementing an initiative. Consumers who buy a new mattress now pay a fee of $11 per mattress or box spring to fund recycling.

There are two local effects of this program. First, mattress retailers must accept old, uncontaminated mattresses at no additional charge when delivering a new mattress.

Second, Gold Coast Recycling in Ventura, Del Norte Recycling in Oxnard and the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center now accept mattresses free in segregated loads from residents. They send the mattresses to recyclers, even though the value of metal springs, polyurethane foam and wood is less than the cost to move, store and disassemble mattresses.

Another way to recycle mattresses is to call your refuse collector for curbside collection. In some areas of the county residents are allowed free collection of a limited number of items per year. In other areas, the cost is about $20 per mattress collected at curbside.

The Mattress Recycling Council, a mattress industry-led nonprofit implementing the pro- gram under the direction of state agencies, reported last month they surpassed the landmark of one million mattresses recycled nationally.

Keep your eye on the environment by recycling your mattresses.

On the net: www.ByeByeMattress.com and www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Listservs (see “mattress”)

David Goldstein works for the Ventura County Public Works Administration.

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