Grass Valley, Calif. August 24, 2022 – Properly disposing of a mattress and/or box spring just got a lot easier in Nevada County as WM joins with the Mattress Recycling Council to offer free disposal of mattresses and box springs at McCourtney Road Transfer Station.

Residents, including those not serviced by WM, can bring up to a combined five mattresses and/or box springs to the transfer station at 14741 Wolf Mountain Road, Grass Valley during normal operation hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for free disposal.

“We’re thrilled to provide this convenient program to all residents and hope it helps to reduce the number of illegally dumped mattresses and box springs in our communities,” said Barry Skolnick, Area Vice President for WM Northern California – Nevada. “Between this program and WM’s bulky collection offerings, getting rid of an old mattresses and box spring is easier than ever and free.”

Mattresses disposed of through the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program are disassembled and recycled. The steel, foam, fiber and wood recovered from mattresses and box springs are sent to manufactures to make hundreds of new products such as carpet padding, construction rebar, insulation, filters and mulch.

The program is funded through a $10.50 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is purchased in California. The fee is used to establish free drop-off locations and collection events throughout the state, transport collected units from these sites to companies that dismantle the discarded products and recycle the materials. Other portions of the fee are dedicated to combating illegal dumping and research efforts that improve the recycling process and recyclability of the component material.

“We’re thankful to each of the solid waste facilities, local businesses and nonprofit organizations that join our collection network and help us make recycling used mattresses easier for residents,” said Mike O’Donnell, MRC’s Managing Director. “Together, this impressive network is collecting more than 1.5 million mattresses each year that are recycled right here in California.”

While mattress and box spring disposal is free, customers seeking to dispose of other materials at McCourtney Road Transfer Station or residents seeking to dispose of more than five mattresses and box springs combined in one day, will be charged standard disposal rates.

Mattresses not covered by this program include severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen or spoiled mattresses or box springs, any mattress or box spring infested with beg bugs, mattress pads or toppers, sleeping bags, pillows, car beds, crib mattresses, air mattresses, and sofa bed mattresses.

Residents seeking to take advantage of this program are asked to enter the transfer station through the normal scale house entrance and inform the attendant that they are dropping off only mattresses. If other materials are dropped off at the station, standard disposal rates will apply.