The very basic reason as to why recycling mattress is necessary is so that dump sites will no longer accumulate a boat load of old mattresses that will take years to decompose. There are tons and tons of mattresses filling up these areas, that it’s already congesting landfills, warranting more dump sites to be opened. It’s unnecessary waste, really, which can be controlled with recycling.
Some may wonder why mattress dump sites accumulate, considering people don’t get rid of mattresses everyday. However, it only takes a dozen mattresses to fill up a small dumpsite. And unfortunately, mattresses that are collected in just a span of a month take up more than twelve. Thus, something really needs to be done about recycling these.
Aside from giving dump sites more free space to actually dump all other recyclable and decomposing wastes, mattress recycling also helps makes use of mattress parts and features in other ways. For instance, metal springs can be broken down and used as raw material for other items used for industrial parts, instead of leaving them corroded and contributing to environmental pollution and toxicity, particularly during the rainy season.
Lastly, mattresses, particularly those that are manufactured before the early 2000’s have flammable content in them. Imagine leaving these by the street or at landfill; it’s a disaster waiting to happen. It can also create toxic wastes that will slowly kill the environment.
Think about these three basic reasons the next time you plan on replacing your mattress and worrying about how to dispose your old ones.
Fortunately today, there are a lot of recycling facilities where you can actually bring old mattresses to recycle. Or better yet, ask the store where you’re buying your new mattress from if they know of a company who accepts old mattresses for disposal.