MRC Issues Updated FAQ Regarding New Retailer Requirements in California

MRC has issued updated answers to frequently asked questions about new retailer requirements reflecting input from CalRecycle, on questions MRC has received from program participants. As of January 1, 2021, California law now requires that ALL retailers that deliver a new mattress to a California consumer offer to pick up the consumer’s discarded mattress at no additional charge regardless of sales format or delivery method. The new requirements expand the existing pick-up requirement that has applied to deliveries made by brick-and-mortar stores for several years to also include mattresses sold by e-commerce retailers that are delivered by common carrier. Read more here.
Recognizing that pick-up is a new requirement for online mattress sellers and others that were previously exempt, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has developed tools to assist with compliance:
  • Watch a webinar that MRC hosted several weeks ago that discusses the new obligations in more detail.
  • MRC has compiled a list of third-party contractors and transporters that may be able to assist retailers with meeting the new pick up obligations.
To help get the discarded mattresses recycled free of charge, MRC has developed its Commercial Volume Program, which provides retailers and others that collect at least 100 used mattresses or box springs a trailer for storing and transporting those units to the closest recycler at no cost.
This information and more is available on the retailer take back page on our website. Please contact our customer service department if you have further questions. Thank you for your support of mattress recycling in California.