The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a nonprofit organization formed by the mattress industry to operate recycling programs in those states that have enacted mattress recycling laws. The program is currently running in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island and is known as Bye Bye Mattress to consumers. Each state’s program is funded by a recycling fee collected when consumers buy a mattress or box spring. More than 1.7 million mattresses are recycled by MRC annually.
In the U.S., MRC estimates at least 15 million mattresses are discarded every year, or an average of 50,000 per day. In 2013, Connecticut became the first state in the country to enact a law requiring the industry to develop and administer a statewide program to collect and recycle discarded mattresses and box springs. California and Rhode Island followed with similar legislation later that year. The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), the trade association for the mattress industry, created the Mattress Recycling Council to develop and administer these state programs. The program officially began operating in May 2015 in Connecticut. MRC launched the program in California in December 2015 and Rhode Island in May 2016. State governments oversee MRC’s programs.
MRC collected more than eight million mattresses program-wide through the end of 2020, resulting in MRC’s recyclers diverting more than 300 million pounds of material from landfills through reuse, recycling and biomass.