There are lots of ways to recycle your old mattress, so the materials can be recovered and used again. Mattresses in good condition can even be cleaned and donated to charities to help them provide low-cost bedding.
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A number of mattress recyclers operate in Australia that offer both collection and drop-off services. Generally, a small fee is associated with these services to cover the costs of recycling and or cleaning of the mattress for reuse. Some local councils offer mattress recycling services.
Soft Landing is a not-for-profit mattress recycler that creates stable jobs for people experiencing barriers to employment. Operating in NSW, ACT, Vic and WA, the organisation has both pick-up and drop-off recycling services.
Recycle My Mattress is a product stewardship program administered by the Australian Bedding Stewardship Council. This not-for-profit partnership is working with manufacturers, retailers and recyclers to move towards a circular economy for mattresses. The program is still under development with the full launch planned for 2023.
WHY SHOULD I RECYCLE MY OLD MATTRESS?
Even though most components of a mattress can be recycled, they are one of the most common items sent to landfill. Each year in Australia around 1.6 to 1.8 million mattresses are sent to landfill and each mattress takes up 0.75 cubic metres of space in landfill. By recycling old mattresses, these large waste items can be diverted from landfill and their components, such as wood, foam and springs, can be recycled into a number of new products. Recycling mattresses can also help reduce waste handling and landfill costs.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY MATTRESS WHEN I RECYCLE IT?
Spring, foam and ensemble mattresses can all be recycled effectively. The mattresses are manually stripped and components are separated for recycling. The timber, foam, wadding, springs, some fabrics and other materials can be recycled.
- Timber: Recovered timber is processed into woodchips and used in the manufacture of particleboard, animal bedding or mulch.
- Springs: Steel springs are sent to scrap metal merchants where they are melted down and used in buildings and infrastructure, vehicles and appliances.
- Foam, wadding and latex: materials inside the mattress are recycled into carpet underlay.