Mattresses and Box Springs

Alternative ways to recycle
Large Item Pickup

Residents with City trash collection can request a free pickup of large or bulky items. Large item collection is available on an on-call basis, once per calendar year, per address, for free.

When you purchase a new mattress and are having it delivered, ask you your retailer about taking your old one back, at no cost. They are required by law to offer pickup of your old mattress.

If you have used your free large item pickup, the following transfer stations will accept mattresses for recycling at no charge. 

3031 E I Street
Wilmington, 90744
(562) 590-8531

Compton (Allied)
2509 W. Rosecrans Ave
Compton (LA), 90059
(310) 327-8461

Republic Services/American
1449 W. Rosecrans Ave.
Gardena 90249
(310) 527-6980

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.


Check Earth 911

Check Earth 911 to find mattress recycling locations near you! Simply enter the term “mattresses” and your zip code. The nearest mattress recycling center will pop up. 

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.