The City of Boston no longer collects mattresses or box springs with your curbside trash. Discarded mattresses can be difficult to manage. They are expensive to transport, hard to compact, take up lots of landfill space, and can damage incinerator processing equipment.
Recycling mattresses is a state (Department of Environmental Protection) requirement as of November 1, 2022. Mattresses are made up of mostly recyclable material. Once dissembled, more than 75 percent of your unwanted mattress and box spring components can be reused. This is better for the environment, the economy, and waste management budgets.
Most of your unwanted mattress or box spring is recyclable!
Roughly 75 percent of all mattresses and box springs components can be disassembled and recycled. The recovered materials are used to manufacture a variety of new products!
- Turned into carpet underlayment or animal padding.
- Used in industrial oil filters and other textile applications.
- Recycled as metal scrap.
- Used to make new appliances and building materials.
- Shredded to produce landscaping mulch or burned as an alternative fuel source.