Why do you have to recycle the mattress?
You would not believe how many mattresses go into the waste stream every year in Australia. The answer is around one million. Unwanted mattresses are disposed of illegally every day, accounting for at least 20 percent of the inorganic waste around the blocks or alleyways.
To put it in picture, laying the mattress end-to-end is about the distance from Melbourne to Brisbane.
This problem exists due to many reasons. For one, they are too big to be dragged out of the house and too heavy to be transported.
Secondly, the available options are rather limited to local households, and the most common place to find unwanted mattresses is the landfill.
Last but not least, when the mattresses reach the landfill, they can cause problems for the waste stream as their gas emissions can be hazardous. Their large and heavy-duty frames can damage expensive equipment, and chemicals in some materials can leach out into surrounding soils and groundwater.
Landfills are limited spaces, and there is a finite amount of trash they can hold. Expanding landfills are threatening animal habitat and reducing households’ living spaces.
The burgeoning recycling industry has made it possible for mattresses to be better recycled and turned into something positive for the environment.
What are mattresses recycling？
Mattress recycling is essentially a process of taking apart the components of beds and reusing them in other applications. Manufacturing companies are finding new ways to use old bedding materials. Don’t be surprised if a new pillow can be made out of a mattress.
The companies out there are certainly building recycling programs or donation collaborations for you to send the old mattress to, saving the planet while benefiting others.
Depending on your mattress materials, usually, the following could happen to the separate components:
- Springs & coils: metals can be melted and made into new items.
- Foams: mattress foams can be used as insulating materials or shredded and used as carpet padding or support pillows.
- Fibers: cotton and other fibers can be used as fuel for burning or making DIY doormats.
What should you do when you have an unwanted mattress?
If you bought from us
If during this period, you have any second thoughts, we will help to contact our local charity partner to pick up the item for free, given the product and packaging are staying intact.
If you have an old mattress
The consensus is that mattresses should be replaced, on average, every 8 years.
There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to evaluating the lifespan of your mattress. Depending on the material, some mattresses last longer and stay stronger.
For instance, hybrid innerspring-foam mattresses tend to wear and age much sooner, at around 6 years, while plain innerspring mattresses can last up to 10 years. Memory foam and latex mattresses can last up to 15 years with the right care.
While the above is for reference, the lifespan of a mattress relates highly to its design, its materials, how well it’s taken care of, and its surroundings.
The best way to tell how old the mattress is is to feel it with your hands and sleep on it. Is it bouncing like the old days?
If any of these following signs show:
- Sagging: waking up feeling tired or achy
- Lumps: Not comfortable
- Hammocking: Feel your partners’ movements all the time
- Noisy spring: sounds when people move around
And of course, if you simply need to upgrade from single to queen or king-size because of a partner or family members, then congratulations!
Other than buying a new mattress from us, we also have the perfect topper for people with too old or too firm mattresses.
Not only the breathable, skin-friendly mattress protector leaves no room for dust or mites, the topper also combines a 2-layer design to fit various preferences.
We highly recommend it.
Make sure it's up to the standards
First of all, there is a checklist you need to run first with your old mattress.
Infestations: infestations are rooted deeply and hard to completely get rid of. If you are sure that the bed/mattress is inflicted, the item should only go to a landfill and no other way.
Major Structural Problems: severe issues such as broken, jutting, or bending coils also make a mattress unsuitable to pass on to someone else.
Do not donate a mattress with large, obvious rips, tears, or holes. You should also make sure that the mattress cover is firmly attached before donating.
Stains: Mattresses with large stains should not be donated. If you have a mattress, unfortunately, wetted with small spots, stains, or other issues, you can still save it and bring it to donation. Try vacuum or use a non-toxic enzyme cleaner to break down the stains.
Tips for the old one
If the mattress is proved to be up to standards, we suggest the most important thing do is to contact local recycling programs or charity organizations for them to pick up the item.
If your mattress is up to standards, it is also possible to resell it in a thrift store or on eBay. There are a lot of online sites or marketplace where you can sell the mattress for someone else to save some money.
Recycle it yourself
If there are metals in the mattress, the manufacturers could pay you an amount for that.
If you are into DIY, some internet search may give you ideas on how to turn an old mattress into new crafts.
We hope this sums it all up for you. If you are interested in understanding better if your old mattress is good enough for donation, or how to find the best mattress that fits you, welcome to write to us at email@example.com and we are always happy to help.