When Connecticut residents recycle their old mattresses and box springs, they transform into other useful items such as carpet padding, insulation, filters and new steel products, according to The Mattress Recycling Council. The non-profit organization said its “ByeBye Mattress” program had a strong seventh year, reporting that it recycled 205,000 mattresses and box spring units – at no cost to the 147 towns and cities it works with, according to Dan McGowan, MRC’s northeast program coordinator. ”We’re just trying to get the word out,” McGowan said.
Residents can leave their old mattresses in bins located at town transfer stations, recycling centers and public works yards or by coordinating with their towns/cities for curbside collection of bulky items. Since the program began in 2015, more than 1.2 million mattresses have been recycled with more than 21,000 tons of steel, foam, fiver and wood being diverted from incinerators and landfills.