Regional mattress recycling program now underway in Franklin County

  • A mattress sits in a dumpster at the Montague Transfer Station, which is now one of five regional collection sites for mattresses. The state Department of Environmental Protection is requiring that mattresses be recycled. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Report
Published: 10/28/2022 6:19:31 PM
Modified: 10/28/2022 6:19:18 PM

In response to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s ban on disposing of mattresses in a landfill, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is working with five towns to accept clean and dry fabric-covered mattresses and box springs, including foam and crib mattresses, for recycling.

Residents of the 21 district towns must now take their mattresses and box springs to a recycling program in Bernardston, Colrain, Deerfield, Montague or Wendell. All regional mattress recycling sites charge $35 per mattress or box spring, regardless of size. Residents are advised to check the specific information for each site before bringing a mattress for recycling.

Site addresses, hours and payment information is below:

■Bernardston Transfer Station on Nelson Drive — Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checks only.

■Colrain Transfer Station on Charlemont Road — Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash or checks.

■Deerfield Transfer Station on Lee Road — Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Checks or money orders.

■Montague Transfer Station on Sandy Lane — Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Checks only.

■Wendell Transfer Station on New Salem Road — Tuesdays, noon to 5:50 p.m., and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cash or checks.

Franklin County residents can also use the Greenfield Transfer Station on Cumberland Road, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mattresses and box springs cost $30 each, plus a $5 host fee for out-of-town residents.

According to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, Orange residents can bring their mattresses and box springs to the Orange Transfer Station on Jones Street for recycling. An annual permit is required.

Residents who are shopping for a new mattress are encouraged to ask their mattress seller if they will take away their old mattress when they deliver the new one. Some retailers will include this service as part of the delivery, and some charge a fee.

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District towns include Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately.

For more information, visit or call 413-772-2438.


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