Residential Mattresses and Foundations are accepted 7 days a week at the Hawthorne Street Transfer Station at no charge.
Participating in the mattress recycling program is estimated to divert over 4,000 mattresses and foundations in Humboldt County from being landfilled each year. Mattresses and foundations collected by HWMA staff are sorted, then baled on site. The baling process is what makes this program so exceptional. Unlike other drop off locations, HWMA utilizes our in house baler. This machine takes mattresses and foundations, smashes them up, and produces large cubes of material. This process enables HWMA to maximize the amount of material that can be shipped, which results in a significant reduction in the associated carbon footprint. These bales are then taken to Blue Marble Materials, located in San Leandro, Ca. Mattresses and foundations are then broken up into four primary components – steel, foam, wood and fibers. After separation, these components are then used to make new products such as carpet padding, steel products, filters, and automotive insulation