What's in a Mattress?
Ever heard of Mattress Recycling?
Each year in Canada, 6 million mattresses are disposed of, and a mattress can take up as much as 40 cubic feet in a landfill – that's a lot of wasted space!
If you have old or unwanted mattresses at your home or business, don’t throw them away. Instead, consider recycling them.
A common mattress is made up of various materials including foam, cotton, wood, metal and steel. It is this wide mix of components that makes mattress recycling a daunting task. That’s one of the main reasons why many municipal recycling programs do not include mattresses in their list of recyclables.
Advantages of Recycling Mattresses:
- Landfill equipment problems, created by mattress springs, can be greatly reduced.
- Landfill space problems, created by mattresses, can also be reduced.
- We can have cleaner roadsides, with a reduction in illegal mattress dumping.
- Mattresses can be 95% recycled into their raw materials, and then into reusable products.
- Mattress recycling benefits local businesses who can use the salvaged materials and products.
- Many communities are no longer accepting used mattresses in landfills, or are charging large fees for disposal.
- Recycling mattresses saves energy, and reduces waste, greenhouse gases and the use of natural resources.
- Mattresses have a life span of about 10.8 years.
- Mattresses have a compaction rate 400% less than regular garbage, thus making them a problem in all landfills.
- The average mattress takes up 23 cubic feet of landfill space, but the largest mattresses take up about 40 cubic feet.
- One mattress can take decades to decompose.
- Many mattresses end up going to "rebuilders". "Rebuilders" claim to recycle mattresses, however, in reality, many of them put a new cover on your dirty used mattress and sell it as new. Yuck!
Want more mattress information? Check out Re-Matt's FAQ page for mattress recycling inquiries.