​Media Advisory: Statewide Mattress Recycling Program MRC Press Conference at Capitol

​Sacramento, CA, January 11, 2016 – Sacramento County Waste Management and Recycling Department is participating in a program by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC). This non-profit organization developed and manages the statewide mattress recycling program that has debuted in California. The Bye Bye Mattress program is aimed at recycling eligible mattress materials, rather than those materials ending up in landfills.

WHO:

Press Conference Speakers 

  • Senator Loni Hancock, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety and author of two laws aimed at promoting the recycling of old mattresses
  • Ryan Trainer, president of the Mattress Recycling Council 
  • Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste
  • Richard Diamonstein, chair of the Mattress Recycling Council and managing director of a Paramount Sleep Limited

WHEN:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

State Capitol, Room 113, Sacramento

LOCAL INFORMATION / INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY:

Starting December 30, it is free to drop off mattresses and box spring foundations for recycling at the County’s Waste Management and Recycling locations: North Area Recovery Station and the Kiefer Landfill.

Doug Kobold, the County Department of Waste Management & Recycling Program Manager and Co-Chair of the California Mattress Recycling Organization Advisory Committee, will be in attendance for one-on-one interviews regarding the County’s mattress recycling program. To schedule an interview, contact, Brenda Bongiorno, 916-216-5825.

MRC VISUALS:

  • Materials from the mattress recycling process
  • Cotton 
  • Coconut husk 
  • Urethane Foam 
  • Memory Foam 
  • Topper 
  • Shoddy/Felt 
  • Springs ​
  • Wood

RECYCLING FACTS:

According to Bye Bye Mattress, administered by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), each year, 35-40 million new mattresses and box springs are sold in the US, and at least 15-20 million are discarded. More than 80% of a used mattress’ components can be recycled — metal springs, foam, wood and fibers — and made into new useful products. The steel springs are recycled as metal scrap and can be melted and used to make new appliances, building materials and other steel products. The foam can be turned into carpet underlayment or animal bed padding. The wooden frames can be shredded to produce landscaping mulch and the cotton and other fiber can be used in industrial oil filters and other textile applications.

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