Beginning August 1, Providence residents and property owners can dispose of their old mattresses and box springs directly at the Department of Public Works’ Convenience Center at 700 Allens Avenue on Thursdays from 3-7PM and Saturdays from 7AM – 1PM.
Residents dropping off mattresses/box springs will be asked to provide proof of Providence residency, and drop-offs are limited to two mattresses/box springs per resident.
Those who choose not to drop off their mattresses and box springs directly at DPW will be required to pay a $20 disposal fee for each mattress or box spring they throw away. Property owners will be fined $50 to $500 for mattresses and box springs that are placed on the curb in front of their property without a scheduled pick-up.
Throwing away old mattresses and box springs is easy: Just call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 before 3PM, at least 24 hours prior to your regular trash collection day, from Monday to Friday, 8AM – 5PM to schedule curbside pickup. English and Spanish-speaking customer service representatives are available from to process mattress/box spring disposal requests. Payments can be made by either check or credit/debit card.
Each year thousands of people dump mattresses and box springs on the sidewalk in Providence when they move or buy new ones, and their disposal comes with a surprisingly high price tag that the city simply can no longer afford. Last year alone, 19,000 mattresses were collected throughout the city, costing Providence’s taxpayers $513,000.
Bulky trash items and white goods will still be picked-up free of charge by calling 1-800-972-4545.
By Brian Hull on July 25, 2011
Brian Hull received his Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is Director of Community Development for the City of Providence, responsible for the management and strategic visioning of the City's community development programs, including Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, HOME, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Home Repair Loans, Down Payment Assistance, and Lead Repair Loans.