How to Recycle a Mattress?
Generally speaking, everyone should replace their mattresses every 8 or 10 years. But, this of course depends on the type of mattress you have and how well you took care of it through the years. Some types of mattresses have a tendency to last longer than others. For example, if you have a hybrid mattress that consists of both innersprings and foam you will need to replace it after 6 years, but if you have a regular innerspring mattress you should know that it can last you up to 10 years and sometimes even longer. Memory foam and latex mattresses on the other hand, can last as long as 15 years, as long as they are properly taken care of. However, as we mentioned above, the lifespan of a mattress can vary greatly depending on the materials the mattress is made of, the design of the mattress, and how well you take care of it over the years. If you’re wondering whether your mattress needs to be replaced with a new one, just ask yourself if you are comfortable and well rested in the morning after sleeping on it the whole night. Some of the biggest signs that you definitely need to replace your old mattress are:
– changes in your sleep quality
– waking up feeling tired or achy
– your mattress is noisy
– your mattress has a bad smell that won’t go away
– you can’t get comfortable in bed
– you sleep better on other mattresses
– your mattress is sagging or has other visible signs of wear like holes, lumps, and springs that are constantly poking you
So, once you’ve decided that it’s time to invest in a new mattress and you’ve picked the right one that best suits you, you’re probably wondering: How to get rid of an old mattress? Well, there are various ways to dispose of the good old mattress you no longer use, but one of the best and most environmentally friendly ways is to recycle it. According to studies, Americans typically throw away around 20 million mattresses each year, which means that huge amounts of foam and springs will end up in the landfills and add to our planet’s waste which is a huge problem. The good news is that almost 80% of all modern mattresses can be easily recycled today. There are a number of reasons why you should recycle a mattress, but the most important one is that by recycling your old bed you will also reduce your carbon footprint and help landfills last longer. As we all know recycling is good not only for us, but also for the environment, and this applies especially for things like mattresses that are often made from non-biodegradable materials which tend to remain in the landfills for decades, with more waste piling over it gradually. Also, some chemicals on these mattresses can enter the surrounding groundwater and soil which is also bad. Therefore, if you’re thinking what to do with old mattresses, you should definitely consider recycling them, especially if the mattress is no longer fit to sleep on.
What is mattress recycling?
Mattress recycling is the process of taking apart all of the components of the bed and reusing them. You can take your used mattress to the nearest recycling facility, but if you have the desire, time and the right tools, you can easily break down your mattress and recycle the parts on your own. Mattresses can be recycled into so many different household products or craft projects for your home or garden. For example, the foam padding from your mattress can be used as carpet padding, insulation, for pet beds, or to protect the furniture during a move. The wooden frames can be turned into landscaping mulch or burned for fuel, the steel from innerspring coils can be melted down and recycled into new steel products, building materials, or household appliances. The fabrics from the cover can be also shredded and used as padding in cushions, pillows, and pet beds. How much of your mattress you’ll be able to recycle depends on the condition and the quality of the mattress. But, remember that when you’re recycling mattresses, you’re saving the Earth from more waste.
What to do with old mattresses?
When it comes to disposal of mattresses, we believe that the best thing to do is to recycle it, but if you’re unable to do so, you also have a few other options as well. You can donate it, resell it, or simply throw it away if the mattress is in a very bad state.
Instead of recycling or throwing it away, you can donate the mattress you no longer use and do something good and meaningful for the people in need. However, keep in mind that not all mattresses can be donated. Most charities and organizations have their own standards for what is acceptable for donated things. But, you should never donate any mattresses with infestations (bed bugs or mold), mattresses with large and visible rips and holes, stains, and major structural problems like broken coils. Also, if your mattress has a strong odor, you should consider other options like recycling it. In general, if your used mattress is clean, free of any odors or infestations, and in good shape, you should donate it to your local charity, church, or animal shelter.
If your used mattress is fairly new or still in good condition, but it’s simply not suited to your needs, you can resell it and make some cash on your investment. Post a picture of your mattress on your social media (Facebook or Instagram) or try online marketplaces to find a new home for your mattress. Your ad should include the name of the brand, the size and firmness, and other information that could be important for potential buyers. This goes without saying, but before selling it, make sure to clean the mattress well.
Throw it away
If you’re unable to donate or recycle your mattress because it’s too stained and damaged, the only option that’s left is to throw it out. But, how to throw away the mattress responsibly? Throwing out your old mattress doesn’t mean that you should leave it next to your dumpster. Different cities and states have certain rules and regulations when it comes to throwing away mattresses, so always check the regulations of your area before throwing out your bed. We are sure that there are waste disposal services in your area that can help you get rid of the trash you can’t throw away in the garbage.
Things to Consider Before Disposing of Your Mattress
1. Check your mattress warranty
This is extremely important: don’t throw away your mattress without first checking if it’s within the warranty period. Most manufacturers provide a warranty of 5 to 10 years, which means that they will cover replacement of your mattress if it gets damaged during the warranty period. Also, make sure to see whether the warranty covers mattress removal. Many mattress suppliers offer free or low-cost mattress disposal services, but if they don’t, you will have to dispose of your mattress on your own.
2. Check your state’s policies for mattress disposal
Another very important thing to consider before getting rid of your old mattress, is to look up your state’s policies for mattress disposal. Different states have different policies, so some states like Connecticut, California, and Rhode Island, have specific mattress recycling laws which require the manufacturers and suppliers to provide you with a good solution to dispose of your mattress. Some states have programs to help their residents recycle and dispose of old mattresses, and in some states you can get fined for throwing out your mattress with regular waste. So, before throwing away your mattress, it’s crucial to check your state’s regulations, so that you won’t get in trouble.
3. Consider the condition of your mattress and choose the right option
Before deciding on the best way to get rid of your old mattress, you need to consider the condition of the bed. Is the mattress in a good state? Or is it simply no longer usable? If the mattress is gently used but it doesn’t suit your needs, you can consider giving it away to someone who really needs it. But, if the mattress is badly damaged, stained, or no longer usable, be responsible and consider recycling it. Recycling is definitely the most environmentally friendly way to get rid of an old mattress. Throwing it away should always be your last option.