How To, Why and When To Recycle an Old Mattress
Nothing lasts forever. While you may be able to sleep well on a mattress for almost a decade, eventually it will be time for a change. What do you do when you need to get rid of an old mattress? You can donate it to Goodwill or The Salvation Army but after a decade of use that would be more insulting than charitable. You could just throw the mattress out but that could turn out to be more of a hassle than you really want to go through. Recycling your mattress is the best way to be rid of an old mattress.
Why Should You Recycle an Old Mattress?
Recycling a mattress is the best choice for not only the environment but also society in general. Over ninety percent of an old mattress can be recycled for spare materials that can be used to make new products. Scrap metal can be obtained from the springs and frame, clothing can be crafted from the cotton and the various other fabrics used to create mattresses, and the wood from most mattress frames can be turned into wood chips. Don’t waste useful materials. Recycle your mattress to get the most use you can out of it.
When Should You Recycle an Old Mattress?
A mattress typically lasts about ten years. After the decade marker, it is definitely time to recycle your mattress and get a new one. Of course, there are also a number of other factors that could cause you to recycle your mattress sooner. For instance, if the springs start poking out of the mattress or some freak accident causes your mattress to end up with its guts spilling out then it is time to recycle your mattress. Basically, if your mattress is no longer able to provide you or anyone else a good night’s rest then it is time to recycle.
How Can You Recycle Your Old Mattress?
There are a few different ways to go about recycling your old mattress. You can take it to a store that sells mattresses. Some home-furnishing stores will use your old mattress’ parts to repair or create newer mattresses. However, some of these stores simply take your mattress down to a landfill instead of putting it to use. The best method to get your mattress recycled is to take it to a bed retailer and ask them to recycle the mattress along with their own. Most bed retailers recycle mattresses regularly and won’t mind taking yours at the same time. Do right by your mattress, society, and the environment and recycle your old mattresses to get the most use out of your old friend.
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iPhone 5 says
Mattress lasts for 10 years, that’s the span of a quality mattress.
Dale Lestor says
That was a very informative article. I must say I never really thought about my mattress….