It’s estimated that 20 million mattresses are disposed of every year. This adds up to about 800 million cubic feet of landfill. What this does is:
- Fill up the landfill because the mattresses are taking up too much space.
- Make us create new landfills, thus endangering the animal habitat and reduce the available space
That is why mattress recycling is important.It is the only way you and I can help in lowering the environment’s carbon footprint. That way, we won’t have to create a new one. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at:
What is Mattress Recycling
It is the process of taking bed components and reusing them to create something else. The process is entirely different from mattress refurbishing or renovating. A lot of materials used to make a mattress can be reused when the bed is dismantled. For instance:
- Springs and coils: They can be melted to create new ones
- Foams: They are shredded to create the carpet and moving pads
- Fibers: Useful in the creation of filters and insulation
- Fabrics and upholstery: They are reclaimed to make other things
- Wood: To create mulch or burn fuel.
Recycling of the mattress involves making use of these five components parts of the bed. It then begs the question:
How Do You Recycle a Mattress
Here we will share with you four options of recycling your mattress. That way, you will have at least an idea of what you are going to do with your old mattress. When you buy a new bed next time, remember recycling. You will sleep well knowing that you have, conserved the new resources, reduced pollution, and extended the lifespan of the landfill. Let us look at the four options you have right now:
Option #1: Resell it
If the mattress is in excellent condition, you can resell to sites like eBay or a close friend for a small amount. You will always find a customer as long as the mattress is in excellent condition.
Option #2: Donate it
A lot of companies and recycling plants exists in the USA that will accept the used beds free of charge. Places that accept furniture and homeless shelters will also be ideal for dumping your mattress. Most of these places will only take your mattress if it is in good condition. That means you may need to find more information before you donate your mattress.
Option #3: Junk hauling services
Junk hauling services are companies like Junk-King Marin that accepts old mattress. All you need to do is reach out to them and inquire more about how you will dispose of your old mattress.
Option #4: Repurpose it
You can recycle or sell woods and springs. You can repurpose the padding and foams. All you can do is stuff them in a pillow, make pet beds, or use them as seating cushions. The fabric strap of the same mattress can be turned to rags or used for stuffing.
Whether you want to use a junk hauling service or donate your mattress, one thing to keep in mind is dumping a mattress is illegal. What’s worse is that it costs the government more than $70 million in illegal dumping.
That’s why states like California have come up with the California Used Mattress Recycling Act to regulate illegal dumping. That said, it would only be fair if you recycle your old mattress the right away for the sake of the environment. Our environment needs to be safe for us, plants, and animals. Contact us for more information.