Considering getting a new mattress? What do you do with your old mattress? Our partners at Tuck have a few great suggestions! Read on..
Getting a new mattress is exciting, but don’t forget that you’ll need to make arrangements to dispose of your old mattress, ideally in an eco-friendly way. Often, you can have your old mattress hauled away to the dump for a fee, but that’s not the most environmentally conscious option.
More than 50,000 mattresses go to landfills each day, and mattresses may be dumped illegally as well, creating waste. But most of the materials in each mattress can be reused even when they’re no longer useful for sleep.
When you recycle or reuse your mattress, you reduce the impact your mattress has on the environment and climate change. Recycling or reusing conserves steel, foam, wood, and other materials used to create new products. And keeping your mattress out of the waste stream reduces the use of incinerators and landfills.
How You Can Divert Your Mattress from the Landfill
- Choose a mattress with natural materials. Start with a mattress that offers the most environmentally friendly materials and biodegradability. Typically, latex mattresses offer the most natural materials, as latex comes from the sap of the rubber tree, a renewable resource. However, the most natural latex you can have in foam is 95 percent and latex mattresses go through a manufacturing process that may include plasticizers, petrochemicals, and other synthetic materials. It’s a good idea to research all of the materials and processes used to create the mattress to make sure you’re purchasing a truly natural product. When your latex mattress is worn out, the foam and other materials can be reused.
- Donate your old mattress. If your old mattress still has usable life left in it, consider donating it to an organization that accepts used mattresses. The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, furniture banks, homeless shelters, women and family shelters, and locally owned thrift stores may accept them. However, you should always call before bringing a mattress in for donation, as not all organizations and locations will accept used mattresses.
- Reuse mattress materials. If you’re handy, you can break down your old mattress and find a use for some of the materials. Innerspring mattresses contain several pounds of steel springs, which can be sold for scrap or used for crafts. Foam can be shredded for pet bedding, and fabric can be used for pet bedding as well. Wood can be used for firewood or mulch. Nails and screws can be reused.
- Recycle mattress materials. Up to 90 percent of each mattress can be recycled or repurposed. A recycling center can break down your mattress into usable materials. However, you will likely have to pay a recycling fee of $10 to $40, which varies by recycling center and whether you drop off or arrange a pickup of your mattress. In some states, mattress recycling fees are paid for when you purchase your mattress, so there is no additional fee when you drop off your mattress to be recycled at the end of its life.
Hope you will consider one of these options when you are ready to dispose off your mattresses! Do get in touch with Tuck for more info.