Mattress Recycling Makes a Difference
More than 75 percent of a mattress can be recycled into other products, diverting valuable resources from local landfills. More than 50,000 mattresses are discarded in the U.S. every day. You can make a difference.
- Less reliance on incinerators and landfills by diverting mattresses from the waste stream.
- Reduce the number of illegally dumped mattresses.
- Conservation of resources by using old steel, foam, wood and other material to create new products.
- Recycling creates jobs.
Mattress components can be recycled into new consumer and industrial products.
After discarded mattresses arrive at a recycling facility, the recycler unloads the container. The mattresses and box springs are inspected. Non-contaminated mattresses are dismantled manually by cutting open the mattress and separating the layers for use in secondary markets.
Mattresses are cut open and the layers are separated and interior materials are organized by type
Foam, fiber and other soft commodities are compressed
Metal and box springs are extracted and sent to scrap recyclers then sold to foundries & steel mills
Wood is recycled and used as a fuel source