Mattress Recycling


Madd Love Market’s Mattress Recycling Social Enterprise serves individuals and communities by providing environmentally friendly disposal of used mattresses and box springs.

Our team manually deconstruct and extract recyclable material from mattresses and box springs, with an average of 85% of the mattress being recycled. Our young adults participate in deconstruction as well as unloading deliveries of mattresses, and develop valuable warehouse skills.

How it Works

Serving New England

Serving the Environment

Serving Young Adults

We contract with municipalities, schools, universities, assisted living facilities, and privately owned apartment & condo complexes. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection selected UTEC as a qualified vendor to provide statewide mattress recycling services to state organizations including cities and towns.

UTEC currently provides mattress recycling services for the following cities and towns: Acton, Andover, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Danvers, Dracut, Framingham, Hanover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Marblehead, Methuen, Middleton, Needham, Newburyport, North Andover, Norwood, Sherborn, Swampscott, Tewksbury and Tyngsborough.


If you’d like to discuss partnering with our mattress recycling team, contact us today!

When we divert mattresses from the waste stream, we recycle roughly 85% of each piece, by weight.  UTEC youth hand-cut the mattresses and recycle the steel, foam, wood, some of the toppers and cotton, providing a quantifiable relief to the environmental harm caused by mattresses going to landfills and incinerators.

Mattress Recycling is the first stop of our Workforce Development program for Young Adults entering UTEC. During their time in the warehouse, Young Adults gain essential entry-level work
skills and benefit from a curriculum grounded in Socio-Emotional and soft skill development. Madd Love Market Mattress Recycling enables our youth to gain hands-on industrial / warehousing experience in a safe, structured workplace while gaining an understanding of the environmental impact they are delivering through their work.”

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Is there a limit to how many items I can schedule for pick-up?

Residential customers & curbside business customers: There is an 8 piece per pick-up limit.

Business customers: we will collect as many units from your container / site as we can fit on our 26′ box truck or roll-off.

I don’t live in a town that is serviced by UTEC Mattress Recycling. Can I drop off my mattress at your facility?

Yes. Residential customers may schedule a drop-off in advance by emailing our dispatch team at [email protected]. All drop-offs are paid at the time of drop-off; cost for drop offs is $30.00 per unit with one unit being one mattress, or one box spring. We will provide our drop-off address via email once you’ve reached out.

Hours for drop-off are generally 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday.

Do I need to be home for the pick-up?

No. Mattresses should be placed curbside or within site of the street by 7:00 am the morning of the pick-up. The UTEC Mattress Recycling crew will pick up the mattresses or box springs before 3:00 pm. Similar to the way trash is collected, it is expected that the items are not placed in the street or walkway prior to your collection date. Our crew is prohibited from entering homes or apartments to pick up mattresses.

When do mattress pick-ups occur?

Cambridge: Curbside pickups occur weekly. Online requests can be made at any time online here.

Lowell: Curbside pickups occur weekly on Wednesdays. Online orders can be made at any time, and your credit card will be charged to confirm the order. IMPORTANT: Your pickup date will be sent via email by our scheduling team within 2 business days. Please do not put your items out prior to receiving a confirmed pickup date.

Newburyport: Pickups occur monthly. To sign up for your pickup, go to Newburyport City Hall, Health Department (lower level).

Who do I call if I have a problem?

You can contact us here or call 978.856.3997

Can I get a pick-up if I am not in a town currently serviced by UTEC?

Don’t see your town/city mentioned? Contact your local DPW and ask how mattresses and box springs are recycled in your area or book a drop-off at our mattress facility in Lawrence.

Support Our Cause – Check with your local town or recycling office to see if UTEC Mattress Recycling is an option for your city or town.

Will UTEC Mattress Recycling pick up other items like couches, futons, and appliances?

No. UTEC will only pick-up standard mattresses and box springs. Consult with your town to determine who picks up these other items.

What happens during holidays or bad weather?

UTEC does not schedule pick-ups on Holidays. Severe weather or other unforeseen events may force us to cancel or reschedule pick-up dates. In this occurrence, customers will be contacted via email and are expected to retrieve items from the street/walkway until a new collection date is confirmed.

Can I donate my mattress?

All mattresses received are deconstructed, allowing us to divert the materials from the waste stream. This is a labor-intensive service, which is why we charge a fee for recycling. We do not consider any mattresses received as a donation and unfortunately cannot generate letters stating that you donated your mattress.

Are the UTEC young adults paid for their work?

Yes. Young people working in our enterprises are paid the equivalent of minimum wage for their work.

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