Why am I charged a Recycling Fee for my mattress/foundation?

Beginning on 12/30/15, California law mandates that an $10.50 fee be collected on all mattresses and foundations (box springs) sold within the state. This applies to each piece sold.

Case #1 - If you purchase a Twin mattress and foundation, you would be charged a $21 recycling fee.

Case #2 - If you purchase a California King mattress and 2 piece foundation, you would be charged a $31.50 recycling fee; 1 fee for the mattress and 1 fee for each of the 2 pieces of the foundation.

Additional information about the law and why it was enacted can be found below and by visiting


Why this law was enacted

It is estimated that millions of mattresses and box springs reach the end of their lives in California every year. The bulky nature of mattresses and the limited recycling of used mattresses results in significant illegal dumping costs to many local jurisdictions throughout the state. Fortunately, used mattresses are highly recyclable (between 80-90 percent of each mattress), and certain components such as steel and polyurethane have positive market value.

California is the third state to introduce an industry-run statewide mattress recycling program to promote proper end-of-use management and increase recovery of valuable resources. The passage of the California Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act (Chapter 388, Statutes of 2013, [Hancock, SB 254]) aims to reduce illegal dumping, increase recycling, and substantially reduce public agency costs for the end-of-use management of used mattresses. The legislation established an industry-run, statewide program to increase the recovery and recycling of mattresses at their end-of-use. Cleanup legislation signed by the governor in September 2014 (Chapter 371, Statutes of 2014, [Hancock, SB 1274]) provides additional clarity regarding definitions, report submittals, and record keeping requirements.



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