Believe it or not, but mattress disposal is not an easy task. Not only are mattresses large, but transportation can oftentimes be difficult as well. This is why when you’re in big cities, you might find a mattress lying out on the sidewalks or even tossed inside dumpsters.
The big problem with this is that most mattresses end up in landfills, taking up unnecessary space and creating flammable air pockets. On top of that, they can even damage compression equipment.
Did you know that on average there are three-hundred or so mattresses and box springs that arrive at a single landfill in just one day? This can be extremely wasteful, especially when all those mattresses could have been saved and put to good use as recyclable material.
Putting Your Mattress to Good Use
First of all, make sure that you actually need to dispose of your mattress. Yes, it may not be comfortable anymore, but is it a possibility that a pad or even memory foam can make a difference? Sometimes it can’t, and in this case, it might be good to throw out your old mattress for a newer, more comfortable mattress.
There are so many different ways to dispose of your mattress that it wouldn’t make sense to just throw it out! Here are several ways you can dispose of your mattress:
- Donate: Although there are larger organizations that won’t accept mattresses, such as Salvation Army, there are many smaller organizations that will. Make sure that your mattress doesn’t have any issues such as noticeable stains or bad structural damage. Contact your local charity, homeless shelter, or even furniture bank to see if you can stop by to drop off your mattress.
- Repurpose: Another great way to dispose of your mattress without completely throwing it in the trash is to repurpose it. Most of the materials that your mattress is made out of actually can be reused with very little effort on your part. Just think of all the parts that can be reused on your mattress: buttons, braiding, foam padding, springs, and even fabric. Be creative! Reusing your mattress is a great way to have a little creative fun!
- Recycle: Mattresses are made up of a lot materials that can be recycled. In fact, eighty-five percent of a mattress specifically can be recycled. Contact your local recycling center to find out if they accept mattresses for recycling, and if they don’t, there’s bound to be another place nearby. When so many mattresses show up at the landfill, it’s such a big waste, so it’ll feel good to know you’re doing your part to help protect the environment just a little bit more.
Being Earth-Conscious When Disposing of Your Mattress
Although mattresses come in and out of people’s lives as they get used and then become too old and uncomfortable to continue using, they still have to be disposed of somehow, and just throwing it into the trash isn’t exactly the most eco-friendly option. In fact, mattresses are an often overlooked item when it comes to recycling. Although it might be a little bit more difficult or inconvenient to recycle, this is a great way to contribute to help sustain our natural resources on earth.
There are also companies who you can call to come pick up your mattress for you for a price and will recycle as much as they can and give as little to landfills as they possibly can. This is a great way to remove the inconvenience while at the same time doing your part to help protect the earth.
Disposing of your old mattress isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but with these tips provided in this article, you can dispose of it just a little bit easier. Take the eco-friendly route and dispose of your mattress the right way by recycling it! You’ll be amazed at what recycling mattresses could do for the environment.