A mattress is undeniably one of the bulkiest and heaviest furniture that you’ll ever have to get rid of. It’s not surprising, then, that a disposed mattress almost always end up in the strangest places like at the bottom of a lake, or abandoned in a lonely alley or inside a dilapidated building.
However, disposing old mattresses in Los Angeles is never a problem with California’s Bye-Bye Mattress Program being strictly implemented across the state.
What is the Bye-Bye Mattress Program?
The Bye-Bye program, more formally known as California’s Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act, is a statewide recycling program that aims to dismantle discarded mattresses and use the collected materials to produce other things.
Under the program, residents can drop off their used and old mattresses at designated drop points across the state for a recycling fee. The recycling fee is also automatically collected by retailers from their respective buyers since the law requires that every new purchase of mattresses and box springs should include this fee to help fund the state’s recycling program.
When is the right time to say ‘bye-bye’ to your old mattress?
You might ask, though: when should you consider joining the Bye-Bye program? Unlike any other broken down furniture, mattresses are much subtle in setting off signs that it needed to be replaced already.
An average mattress can last up to about a decade, depending on how often it is used and the quality of the foam. If your mattress is eight years or older, then you should consider shopping for a new one. You should also consider replacing your old mattress if there are any significant changes in your weight due to pregnancy, surgery, or diet shift, as your current mattress might not be enough to support your new weight.
However, it’s not entirely impossible for sleepers to feel the need to replace their current mattress way before it nears the decade mark. If you are waking up every morning feeling a little stiff, numb, or suffering from various body aches and joint pains, then it’s time to visit your local mattress store for a replacement.
Another definite sign that it’s time to replace your mattress is if you (or your sleeping partner) find it more comfortable to sleep on the couch. This is, of course, aside from the visible signs of mattress overuse like tearing, squeaking, sagging, ripping, staining, and other physical damages.
If your mattress has any of these signs, then it might be time to buy a new mattress and send the old one to a recycling plant. You can ask your mattress retailer more questions on recycling while you are buying the replacement bed.
Bye Bye Mattress: Anticipated Consumer Questions, MattressRecyclingCouncil.org
How to dispose of your old mattress in California, SanGabrielValleyTribune.com