The Mattress Recycling Council is here to assist you with recycling your tenants’ discarded mattresses.Take advantage of MRC’s Bye Bye Mattress program.

Constantly confronted with piles of mattresses? If you manage multiple complexes and each month you are dealing with dozens of mattresses left in apartments, hallways, or parking lots, call your local Mattress Recycling Council coordinator to see if our Bye Bye Mattress program can help. Arrangements could be made for no-cost bulk item pickups.

Just have a stray mattress or two? For the occasional mattress that has been left behind, our best advice is to call your city or their contracted waste provider who handles your collection service to inquire about a bulky item pickup. 

If you are able to transport these mattresses on your own, use to find a free drop off location near you. Many accept up to 10 units from businesses.

Nip the issue of improperly disposed of mattresses before it becomes a problem with a proactive education campaign:

  • Outline your rules in your tenant’s move-in packet for proper disposal of an unwanted mattress by providing the direct phone number to the appropriate city department or your contracted trash hauling service.
  • If your town does not have free curbside bulky item pick-up for apartment tenants, there may be free drop-off locations in your area courtesy of MRC’s Bye Bye Mattress program. Check the website for nearby facilities and events that accept mattresses at no charge. 
  • Let your tenants know it is a law in California for mattress retailers to offer to take back an old mattress and box spring when a purchased one is delivered. Stress that this is at no additional cost and even applies when mattresses are bought online. ( Retailers have up to 30 days to arrange the pickup of the old mattress.)
  • As your tenants make their move-out plans, encourage them to take the steps to recycle any mattress that they will not be taking with them.
  • Continue to educate your tenants by posting notices above mailboxes, in the laundry room and in the hallway reminding residents of your guidelines.
  • Contact if you are interested in receiving materials to educate your residents. We have templates for fliers, newsletters, social media content and more and would be happy to assist you.