Mattress and Box Spring Recycling and Disposal

In July 2014, Rhode Island enacted RI General Law 23-90, which requires mattress manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for discarded mattresses.  The manufacturer funded program launched on May 1, 2016.

 WHEN AT ALL POSSIBLE, PLEASE BRING UNWANTED MATTRESSES AND BOX SPRINGS TO YOUR CITY OR TOWN'S DESIGNATED MATTRESS RECYCLING LOCATION

To find local mattress recycling programs, Rhode Islanders can visit www.byebyemattress.com to learn what's available in each city and town. You can check our A to Z list first, by typing the word mattress in the search box. If your municipality has special instructions for mattress disposal, you'll find the city or town listed. Click on your city or town to be brought straight to the instructions.   

This new program is funded through a recycling fee on each mattress and foundation (box spring) sold in the state and which is paid by customers at the retail point of sale.  These fees fund the collection and recycling of mattresses and foundations used and discarded in Rhode Island. The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization established by the mattress industry, will manage this recycling program.The MRC draft plan can be found on their website www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org. As part of the MRC responsibilities, they will be working with the cities and towns to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have local access to mattress recycling.

Recycling and Disposal Options

Mattresses and box springs  brought directly to RIRRC for recycling or disposal will be closely scrutinized to ensure the units meet our acceptance criteria. Please download acceptance critieria document and pricing document, to the left.