“We just don’t have a market for a lot of this stuff,” said Kreigh Hampel, recycling coordinator for the city of Burbank. Experts say changes are vital to overcome a waste glut. MRC has implemented extensive outreach to educate consumers about mattress recycling through its Bye Bye Mattress brand and consumer-facing website, ByeByeMattress.com. To get an idea of your recycling needs, we will visit your facility to assess your waste stream and the steps you are currently taking to divert it from landfill.
“The Chinese ban and everything else in the last couple of years made us realize we are living in a pretend world of ‘wishcycling,’” said Roland Geyer, an industrial ecology professor at UC Santa Barbara. But there’s a growing volume of plastics and mixed plastics — things like plastic-coated cartons or potato chip bags— that no longer have a recycling value or never had one in the first place. During this visit, we will make recommendations on how to implement or expand your program. We can even schedule regular pickups to give you peace of mind that all your recycling needs will be taken care of. Visiting the Burbank recycling center is like stepping into an archaeological dig. In the heyday of recycling, millions of tons of garbage still went to the landfill, and the production of virgin plastics increased at a steady rate alongside recycled products.
The California Department of Public Health maintains a "list of home-generated sharps consolidation points." California’s recycling industry is struggling to survive after China banned imports of plastics and other scrap material. MRC invests $1 million a year in research and sustainability efforts. Some see the current crisis as a wake-up call about the realities — and limitations — of recycling. Last year, California became the first state in the country to enforce a plastic bag ban.
You are being redirected to ByeByeMattress.com to learn how to recycle in your state. California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) approved that California’s mattress recycling fee (also known as the recycling charge) be reduced to $10.50 per mattress and foundation, effective January 1, 2018. You are being redirected to MRCreporting.org, the mattress industry’s portal for company registration, sales reporting and recycling fee payment. Without that revenue, haulers are having to raise their prices. At California Recyclers located in Fontana, CA, we help keep more than 10 million pounds of cardboard (OCC) and plastic out of landfills monthly. An unusually high loan delinquency rate may mean more hotel closures are likely to follow. Now, as still more Asian nations prepare to follow China’s lead, California’s recycling industry is struggling, posing hard choices for a state that prides itself on its image as an environmental beacon.