The Importance of Mattress Recycling for Our Environment
Did you know about 85% of mattress parts (including the foam, upholstery, wooden parts, springs, and box spring) can be recycled or repurposed to create new products?
In America we dispose of nearly 20 million mattresses each year, which leads to taking up around 132,000 square miles of landfill space.
With the normal lifespan of a mattress being a mere 7-8 years, this can add up quickly to become an endangering statistic in our society.
Using an unconventional method for mattress disposal is a great way to not only help reduce the amount of waste in landfills but also use the resources still available for additional resources and new creations.
You’ll discover that it’s actually quite easy to donate, properly dispose of, or repurpose your mattress while making a positive impact on our environment.
If you’re the do-it-yourself type, this short video by Canadian Treasure Hunter has many tips on how to take apart your mattress safely. It is important to exercise caution while doing so as many of the elements can be sharp from extended use.
You can also add to your compost pile with the bits and pieces. Build a wooden compost bin and use the softer mattress materials to keep bugs out! This is a great way to handle food scraps at your home, and we at BARC actually donate disposable leftovers to local farms to feed their pigs.
Tuck, a free and unbiased resource for your needs relating to sleep, did a wonderfully thorough guide with further ways to repurpose and recycle your mattresses.
To save yourself the hassle, BARC accepts mattress donations for only $20, while most charge between $20-40.
Donated mattresses need to be dry, intact, and have no signs of bed bugs. Some light staining is okay but darker brown stains will not be accepted. Mattresses should be stored either indoors or off the ground, under a tarp, prior to drop off.
This is because we believe in what we do and hope to give each family the opportunity to properly dispose of their mattresses to better our environment.
Let’s work together to make things better!
Thanks to Tuck for contributing the information for this article to our blog.
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