Mattresses & Box Springs

Alternative ways to recycle
Take to Landfill

Cold Canyon Landfill accepts mattresses and box springs at no cost, with a limit of one mattress and one box spring per visit. Several local businesses and organizations also accept used mattresses and box springs. 

In addition, North County Christian Thrift Shop at 9330 El Camino Real
Atascadero also accepts mattresses and box springs at no cost.  For more information call 805-466-1679.

Watch this quick video from the Mattress Recycling Council to learn more about its efforts to keep more mattresses out of landfills and get more materials back into the material stream. Right now, about 70 percent of each mattress is recyclable.

Mattress Recycling Council Video

Cleaner Earth Company
504 South Western, Santa Maria, CA| (805) 481-9213
Map & Directions
Accepts mattresses and box springs for no cost. Accepts up to five units without an appointment. If you have more than five units, call for an appointment.

Grass Roots II Inc.
11545 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 544-2333
Map & Directions
Accepts used mattresses and box springs in good condition.

For specific questions about mattress recycling or for large loads of mattresses:

Mark Patti|| (661) 302-8888

Recent article published by ConsumerAffairs:

For general questions about mattress recycling:
Check out the Mattress Recycling Council


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


Take It to a Bye Bye Mattress Location

California state law adds a small fee to the sale of mattresses and box springs that is used to fund their collection and recycling. California residents will receive a $3 reimbursement when they recycle them at participating facilities. Learn more or find a collection site near you.

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.