Sustainability

New free mattress disposal program available to Alameda County residents

September 27, 2022

Free mattress and box spring disposal is now available to all Alameda County residents through the “Bye Bye Mattress” program, operated by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC).

Through the program, residents can dispose of a combined-total of up to five mattresses and box springs per day at Waste Management’s Davis Street Transfer Station. They will be disassembled and the steel, foam, fiber, and wood recovered will be recycled into new products such as carpet padding, construction rebar, insulation, filters, and mulch.

Severely damaged, wet, twisted, frozen, spoiled, or bed bug-infested mattresses or box springs cannot be accepted by the program. Additionally, mattress pads or toppers, sleeping bags, pillows, car beds, crib mattresses, air mattresses, futons, and sofa bed mattresses are not accepted.

Program questions can be directed to Waste Management Public Sector Manager Virginia Harrington at vharrin1@wm.com during normal business hours. Please note that this program is separate from Waste Management’s free bulky item pickup program, through which Hayward residents can schedule a free bulky item pick up from their home two times per year. Mattresses may also be collected by the bulky item pickup program.

For more information, visit the Bye Bye Mattress website. For information about the Davis Street Transfer Station, including address and hours of operation, click here.