Mattresses and Box Springs Alternative ways to recycle Take to Recycling Center or Landfill Dispose of large items such a mattresses for free through the City’s annual Clean Sweep Program, which runs from February 1st through October 31st. Clean Sweep piles are collected by appointment only. Residents must call their garbage company two weeks in advance of their requested appointment date. Only one free pick-up is allowed per household, restrictions apply. Mattresses can be taken to any of the San Joaquin County landfills at no-cost (exclusions apply). Additional no-cost mattress drop-off sites: DR3 Recycling 3837 Producers Dr., Suite 500 Stockton, CA 95206 | (209) 662-4765 Map & Directions San Joaquin County residents and businesses. Call if dropping off more than 5 mattresses. Greater Valley Conservation Corps2040 E. Fremont Street, Stockton, CA 95205 | (209) 292-2700 Map & Directions San Joaquin County residents only. No more than 10 mattresses or box springs accepted per visit. See event details at www.byebyemattress.com 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.