The city of Madison will kick off a new mattress and box spring recycling program July 29, according to a release.
The new program will charge $10 for each mattress and box spring placed on the curb to be collected by the Streets Division.
Starting July 29, all mattresses and box springs placed on the curb for collection or brought to the Streets Division’s drop-off site must have a $10 fee sticker, according to the release.
Officials said each year the city collects between 10,000 and 12,000 mattresses and box springs, and the city will now be able to recycle 90 percent of each unit.
The mattresses and box springs will be recycled by the Ohio Mattress Recycling company of Cleveland, Ohio, according to the release. The metal springs, polyurethane foam, padding and wood will all be recycled.
According to the release, the metal is recycled as scrap metal, the wood is turned into mulch, the foam padding is made into new padding and the heavier fabric padding is used to stuff archery targets.
Fee stickers can be purchased at any Madison Public Library, the City Treasurer’s Office, the Streets Division Offices, by mailing a payment to 1501 W. Badger Road, Madison, WI 53713, or online.