Mattresses and Box Springs

Alternative ways to recycle
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Cold Canyon Landfill at 2268 Carpenter Canyon Rd in San Luis Obispo has a limit of one mattress and one box spring per visit. For more information call 805-549-8332.

Chicago Grade Landfill at 2290 Homestead Road in Templeton.  For more information call 805-466-2985.

North County Christian Thrift Shop at 9330 El Camino Real in
Atascadero.  For more information call 805-466-1679.

San Miguel Community Service Water Treatment Plant at 1765 Bonita Street in San Miguel. For more information call 805-467-3388.

Watch this quick video from the Mattress Recycling Council to learn more about its efforts to keep more mattresses out of landfills and get more materials back into the material stream. Right now, about 70 percent of each mattress is recyclable.

Mattress Recycling Council Video

Cleaner Earth Company
504 South Western, Santa Maria, CA| (805) 459-6185
Map & Directions
Accepts mattresses and box springs for no cost. Accepts up to five units without an appointment. If you have more than five units, call for an appointment.

Grass Roots II Inc.
11545 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 544-2333
Map & Directions
Accepts used mattresses and box springs in good condition.

For specific questions about mattress recycling or for large loads of mattresses:

Mark Patti|[email protected]| (661) 302-8888

Recent article published by ConsumerAffairs:

For general questions about mattress recycling:
Check out the Mattress Recycling Council


Don't Just Dump Them

Never dump mattresses on the side of the road. Drop them off at a landfill, or dispose of them through a mattress recycling program. It’s expensive for public agencies to pick up illegally dumped mattresses.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Take It to a Bye Bye Mattress Location

California state law adds a small fee to the sale of mattresses and box springs that is used to fund their collection and recycling. California residents will receive a $3 reimbursement when they recycle them at participating facilities. Learn more or find a collection site near you.

Donate Your Mattress

Consider taking a used mattress or box springs to St. Vincent de Paul. They will not resell mattresses for hygiene reasons, but they will recycle them. For more helpful recycling and reuse tips, read “5 Ways to Donate Your Mattress” by AmeriSleep.

Ways to Reduce

Clean Your Mattress

If you invest in keeping your mattress in good condition, you’re more likely to hold onto it long term or find a new home for it when you’re ready for a new one. Follow these tips to remove dust, stains and deodorize your mattress.

Flip or Rotate Your Mattress

Flipping or rotating your mattress can extend its life and give you a more comfortable sleep experience. Not every mattress can be flipped, but every mattress can be rotated. Learn more from Healthline.

Ways to Reuse

Sell or Give Away

Listing a mattress on Craigslist or Freecycle can save you a trip to the landfill. Old, bulky items can otherwise be difficult or pricy to transport.

Did You Know?

How Mattresses Are Recycled

Fillet the Mattress to Recycle It

St. Vincent de Paul employs workers to fillet or cut apart mattresses using a box cutter. These workers recycle approximately 170,000 mattresses per year. Compared to other mattress parts, material from “T” frame steel box springs is generally sold for the most money and lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Polyurethane from used mattresses is often recycled into wall foaming.