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Mattresses Banned from Solid Waste Stream - 11-1-2022

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Mattress Ban Notice

Things are changing in Massachusetts.  As of November 1, 2022, mattresses and textiles will no longer be allowed in the trash.  New state rules require mattresses and textiles be kept out of the trash so they can be recycled or donated for reuse.  In order to comply, the Town of Ashland will change the way we collect mattresses and textiles as of November 1st 2022.  Waste management will no longer be allowed per state regulations to pick up old mattresses and box springs. 

 

It is important to note that this is an unfunded state mandate. The cost of disposal of these items is $45 per unit. Due to the diligent work of David Miller, DPW Program Manager in securing grant funding we are able to provide this service at no charge to residents receiving trash removal services for the time being.  The program and grant opportunities will be reviewed annually.  

 

Please see below for new options that allow for disposal of these items.   If you have any questions please contact David Miller at 508-532-7943 or dmiller@ashlandmass.com


What to do with your old mattress
 If you’re not sure what to do with your old mattress, there are a few options to consider.
 • You can donate mattresses in good condition (we recommend a quick google search to find donation sites).
 • If you are buying new, you can check with the retailer to see if they will recycle your old one.  
 • You can recycle it by utilizing the drop off times at the Department of Public Works, (DPW) at 20 Ponderosa Road on the first Saturday of every month between the hours of 9am-12pm or every Friday between 6:30am-2:30pm.  Please note that proof of Ashland residency and participation in the Town's contracted curbside solid waste removal program are required for mattress/box spring disposal.

 

Background information
 Why the change?  The 2020 Solid Waste Master Plan has set a goal to reduce trash 30% by 2030 (from 5.7 million tons in 2018 to 4 million tons in 2030), and 90% by 2050. One of the strategies the State uses to achieve that goal is to exclude certain materials from the trash.  This strategy is known as the “Waste Bans.”  
 What is a waste ban?  
 Massachusetts was one of the first states to implement a waste ban on easy-to-recycle and/or toxic materials.  Things that are included in the list of materials banned from the trash are what the State considers too good or too bad for the trash.  The waste bans were created to:  
 1. Promote reuse, waste reduction, and recycling by keeping good stuff out of the trash  
 2. Protect human health and the environment by keeping toxic stuff out of the trash  
 3. Prolong the life of our landfills and incinerators while mitigating their environmental impacts
 4. Support local recycling and composting businesses by ensuring a reliable supply of materials
 …all good things! The first MA waste ban went into effect on December 31, 1990, and prohibited lead acid batteries from landfill and incineration. Since then, MA has added several more items to the list.  


Why Mattresses?
 
MA residents throw out 300,000 mattresses each year. That’s a lot of potential material that could be used to make new products. In fact, over 75% of mattress and box spring components can be easily disassembled and recycled.
 Mattresses also take up a lot of space!  Separating them for recycling is better for the planet and reduces the need for additional landfills and municipal waste combustion facilities.  

 

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