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
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San Joaquin County residents and businesses. Call if dropping off more than 5 mattresses.

Greater Valley Conservation Corps
2040 E. Fremont Street, Stockton, CA 95205 | (209) 292-2700
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San Joaquin County residents onlyNo more than 10 mattresses or box springs accepted per visit.

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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.