Around 167,000 tonnes of mattresses are sent to landfill every year in the UK, which is an astonishing amount.
Recycling mattresses can be a burden to the UK in terms of the amount in landfills. We do offer to take the old mattress away at a small charge. We have all been there wanting to buy a new mattress for many reasons and that's fine, but what do you do with your old mattress? There are a variety of things to consider, as per below.
- Could the old mattress be reused?
- Is someone you know in need of a mattress for a spare room?
- You could give it to the local charity.
- Advertise it for a free collection on selling websites.
Once your mattress is taken away, and dropped to a recycling centre. The mattress is pulled apart into its wide range of materials, hence the small charge for taking away the mattress for you as its a labour intense process. The springs are removed for metal recycling the foam can be used for such thing like carpet underlay. Some parts do inevitably end up in landfill.
Beyond the Life of the Mattress
Around 10 million household furnishings are sent to landfill each year and stats show that around 30% of these items are suitable to reuse. This is to inform buyers to rethink what you want to do with your old mattresses. It is vital that we all support the environment as we pass down to our children, grandchildren and so on.
This also applies to furniture and bed bases. However, furniture is a lot more simple to recycle. It is made of less combined materials, so there is more of an appetite from a wider variety of organisations that will help recycle for you.
At Reinforced Beds, we care about the environment and recycling and actively recycle all of our manufacturing materials that are wasted so when purchasing something new, please rethink, could I recycle my old one of these?