Why Recycle Mattresses & Box Springs?
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 or Box Spring Recycled?
The mattress and box spring recycling process seeks to minimize the amount of material entering the waste stream by separating and recycling as many of the components as possible. It is a difficult and labor-intensive process.
Mattresses and box springs are cut open, each layer is pulled apart, and all the materials are separated and organized by type. Foam padding is recycled primarily into carpet underlayment. Fabric and other fibers can be used in furniture manufacturing, soundproofing applications, and for industrial oil filters. Metal springs and frames are recycled as scrap metal and used to make new appliances, building materials, and many other products. Wooden box spring frames are shredded for mulch, livestock bedding, or as an alternative fuel source for manufacturing.
TurboHaul Leads the Way in Mattress & Box Spring Recycling
TurboHaul has been at the forefront of mattress and box spring recycling and innovation for over twenty years. Our operations currently recycle over 15,000 mattresses and box springs per year with this number rapidly growing.
Our mattress recycling system allows us to recycle more than 90% of the mattress or boxspring, often at a lower cost than disposal, and certainly at a lower cost to our environment. TurboHaul mattress and box spring recycling is good for the planet, good for future generations, and good for our customers.
Customers We Serve
- Hotels and Motels
- Residential Property Management Companies
- Community & Charitable Organizations
- Commercial Property Management Companies
- Colleges & Universities
- Healthcare Facilities
- Moving & Storage Facilities & Companies