Should You Recycle Old Mattresses?

The Truth About Mattress Disposal


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When you are ready to get rid of an item, it can be very tempting to put it to the curb and let your waste management company remove it from your sight. It’s especially tempting when the item is large, takes up way too much space in your home, and would be hard to bring to a recycling facility. Read on to learn if you should recycle old mattresses.

You Should Recycle Old Mattresses.

Mattresses might be bulky, but 80% to 100% of the average mattress can be disassembled and broken down into raw materials! That’s why it’s incredibly important for you to recycle old mattresses.

How Mattresses are Broken Down During Recycling

Mattresses are filled with a combination of metals, wood, and fabric, all of which are traditionally recyclable. Here’s how the components can be reused:

  • Metal. Springs typically made of steel, which is one of the most sought-after scrap metals. Therefore, they are shredded or crushed into compact cubes for sale as scrap metal.
  • Wood. The wood frame of the mattress is chipped into mulch or used as a fuel source.
  • Foams. Polyurethane foam is turned into carpet padding or fuel.
  • Textiles. Fabrics are turned into industrial machine filters.

The Problem with Mattresses in Land Fills

Mattresses contain both organic and inorganic materials. Some of the organic materials like wood and cotton fabrics decompose naturally. Other synthetic and metal components take up valuable space in landfills and can take more than 100 years to decompose. Old mattresses contain components that interact and leak dangerous chemicals into the soil and air when they decompose. This process pollutes groundwater supplies and produces gases like methane and carbon dioxide. These gases are attributed to severe environmental issues like climate change, the greenhouse effect, and global warming.

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Makes Recycling Your Mattress Easy

Instead of finding your own mattress drop-off point and renting a truck to get it there, you can call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling to do all the work. Simply schedule a removal, and we’ll come to take the old mattress away and recycle it responsibly. Call us today to get started.