April 1, 2021, Cambridge Department of Public Works
Two years ago, the City of Cambridge partnered with UTEC, a nonprofit organization serving proven-risk young adults, to provide free weekly curbside mattress and box spring recycling services.
Since then, the city has diverted more than 10,000 mattresses from going into the landfill. Instead, these mattresses have been deconstructed and their parts have been recycled. This program has reduced the city’s trash by 600,000 pounds, supporting the city’s goals of reducing waste as part of the guidelines in the Zero Waste Master Plan.