Andover will stop collecting mattresses and box springs as bulk waste begin Sept 12, when new Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection rules kick in.
The DEP rules require mattresses and box springs to be recycled. The rules are part of a solid waste master plan that aims to cut trash disposal in Massachusetts by 30 percent from 2018 levels by the year 2030.
After Sept. 12, residents can ask retailers to pick up their old mattress when purchasing a new one, the town said in a notice. Residents who need to get rid of an old mattress or box spring and are not purchasing a new one will have to pay for its disposal.
Andover has partnered with UTEC as the town’s preferred vendor for mattress removal, although residents can use other companies.
#AndoverMA: Starting Mon, Sept 12th 2022, mattresses & box springs will no longer be allowed for curbside trash collection & will no longer qualify as a bulk item, due to the updated MassDEP waste ban, which requires mattresses to be recycled.— Andover DPW (@AndoverDPW) August 9, 2022
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