Why Recycle Mattresses?
More than 50,000 mattresses are discarded in the United States every day. Since most charities and donation centers will not accept old mattresses, mattress donation is not an option. Mattresses are a significant and growing problem for waste management and the environment.
The average mattress weighs 65 pounds and occupies 23 cubic feet of space in a landfill. Mattresses have a compaction rate 400% less than traditional garbage, so they take up way more landfill space relative to their size. They also cause major issues with landfill equipment and are known to ‘float’ their way to the top of the landfill face.
Due to increasing regulatory issues, higher disposal costs, outright bans from some jurisdictions and the overall environmental cost, mattress recycling is the needed solution.
How is a Mattress Recycled?
The mattress recycling process seeks to minimize the amount of material entering the waste stream by separating and recycling as much of the material as possible. The mattresses are cut open and all the materials are separated and organized by type. The foam padding is recycled into carpet underlayment or animal bed padding. The fabric and fibers are used in industrial oil filters and other textile applications. The metal springs and frames are recycled as metal scrap and used to make new appliances and building materials. The wooden frames are shredded to produce mulch or can be burned as an alternative fuel source. This process results in less reliance on landfills and greater conservation of resources.
TurboHaul Leads the Way in Mattress Recycling
TurboHaul has been at the forefront of the mattress recycling innovation for almost twenty years. Our mattress recycling operation allows us to recycle more than 80% of the mattress, often at a lower cost than disposal. It’s good for the environment and good for our customers.