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Posted on: December 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mattress Recycling

Mattress Recycling

Since Monday, October 31, 2022, Republic Services no longer picks up mattresses or box springs as bulk waste.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has made amendments to its waste ban regulations which include the banning of mattresses from the trash stream and a requirement for them to be recycled.  


As a result, the Town of Reading has contracted with Tough Stuff Recycling to pick up and recycle mattresses and box springs for a fee.  Residents have two options available:


Pricing is for EACH mattress or box spring being disposed

$55.00 for curbside pickup

$33.00 for drop off at DPW garage (resident brings mattress or box spring to the DPW garage with proof of payment).  


For both curbside and drop off services, go to or call Tough Stuff Recycling Customer Service: 909-907-0809


IMPORTANT:  Mattresses/box springs must be placed in a mattress bag prior to placing curbside, and prior to dropping off a mattress/box spring in the container at the DPW garage.    

Mattress bags are available at the DPW Administration office in town hall or the DPW garage free of charge with proof of payment that resident has scheduled with Tough Stuff Recycling. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 781-942-9077.


What is accepted as part of the Mattress Recycling Program?

All size mattresses, including crib and foam. All size box springs. Each piece is considered a unit. 

What is NOT included in the recycling program?

Futon mattresses, air or water beds, mattress pads and toppers, pet beds


Important:  Mattresses and box springs must be

  • Free of bed bugs and other insects/vermin
  • Not heavily soiled
  • Dry
  • Free of human bodily fluids
  • Removed from any solid waste, trash, debris
  • Placed in a mattress bag and put curbside on day of pickup or when dropped off at DPW garage

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