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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Clean Green Springfield volunteers needed for Mattress Toss Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The City of Springfield and Clean Green Springfield partners are looking for volunteers to assist with a special Clean Green Springfield event on May 15, 2021 in downtown Springfield.

From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, the City will host a mattress recycling event at 404 N. Jefferson Avenue. Each Springfield household will have the opportunity to dispose of two mattresses or one mattress and boxsprings set of any size at no cost. Items must be clean, dry and not infested.

Collection and processing of the mattresses will be provided via a contract with BedHead Mattress Recycling. Mattresses will be transported to BedHead’s facility in Billings, then deconstructed. Components are processed, shipped and ultimately become raw materials utilized by a number of manufacturers in products such as construction materials, wood chip mulch and more.

Thirty volunteers will be needed for each shift to assist with flow of operations at the event site, some heavy lifting and general event assistance. Signed waivers are required prior to participation.

The Mattress Problem
Americans dispose of an estimated 20 million mattresses and box springs every year, and the vast majority end up in landfills or incinerators. Bulky mattresses are hard to dispose of and often dumped. They are also problematic for landfills: they take up a lot of space because they don’t compact well and are hard on machinery. Mattresses contain nonbiodegradable synthetic foam and fibers, plus flame retardant chemicals. Recycling your bed can help reduce your carbon footprint and help our landfill last longer!

To volunteer as an individual or group, fill out the volunteer interest form and indicate morning or afternoon shift preference.

As of May 7, 2021, more than 1,300 people have registered to participate in cleanup and beautification efforts as part of the Clean Green Springfield, disposing of more than 11 tons of trash and debris.

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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].

 

 

 

 

 

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