Massachusetts Mattress Recycling Incentive Grant Program

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


Discarded mattresses pose a problem for municipalities. They are difficult to manage, expensive to transport, hard to compact, and take up a lot of space in landfills. They are also made up almost entirely of recyclable materials which makes them a good candidate for a special recycling program. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection launched a grant program in 2016 to divert mattresses and box springs from disposal. The program provides funding to municipalities to aid in the collection, transportation, and recycling of residential mattresses and box springs. The Mattress Recycling Incentive Program (MRI) has helped municipalities recycle 89,500 mattresses, diverting approximately 2,460 tons from disposal. We will cover the mattress component recycling markets and more.

Rachel Smith is a Regional Planner at the MA DEP.

Participants say:  "I learned about the process of mattress recycling in MA. I am interested to find out if there are any plans to do something similar in my state."


This webinar is available for free for both NRRA members and nonmembers. The following are encouraged to participate: municipal recycling and transfer station staff, solid waste operators, public works staff, state and local government officials and staff, educators, and community members. NH solid waste operators will receive one hour of continuing education credit. Please contact after viewing the webinar with your email address and name of the webinar so that NRRA can confirm your login on our webinar attendance report.
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