HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
Fact or Fiction: Recycled Mattresses
by Staff
Today, you can't do anything without being bombarded with information about sustainability and recycling. Take our quiz to see if you would know how to dispose of an old mattress in an eco-friendly way.

Mattresses and box springs make up 5 perfect of the waste in our landfills.

  • fact
  • fiction

For every 1,000 mattresses that are recycled, 30 trees are saved.

  • fact
  • fiction

Recycling your mattress saves water, oil and trees.

  • fact
  • fiction

Mattresses are 100 percent recyclable.

  • fact
  • fiction

Any recycling facility will take your old mattress.

  • fact
  • fiction

It takes 10 years for a mattress to break down in a landfill.

  • fact
  • fiction

Every year in the United States, an estimated 20 million mattresses end up in landfills.

  • fact
  • fiction

If you find a recycling center that takes mattresses, it will come pick up your mattress free of charge.

  • fact
  • fiction

You can donate your mattress to the Goodwill under any circumstances.

  • fact
  • fiction

Every material that makes up a mattress can be recycled.

  • fact
  • fiction

Mattresses can created hazardous situations in landfills.

  • fact
  • fiction

The amount of space 100 recycled mattresses would save in a landfill is equal to the size of a football field.

  • fact
  • fiction

Mattresses aren't designed to come apart easily, making recycling them difficult.

  • fact
  • fiction

Used mattresses can contain bacteria, dust mites, viruses, spores or even bed bugs.

  • fact
  • fiction

A mattress recycling center can only recycle 10 mattresses per hour.

  • fact
  • fiction

A mattress's coils can be melted down and sold to steel companies.

  • fact
  • fiction

Any retailer can reuse the fabric of a mattress.

  • fact
  • fiction

You can recycle a mattress by recovering it and selling it as new.

  • fact
  • fiction

Mattress foam and stuffing can be recycled and used for carpet padding.

  • fact
  • fiction

A typical mattress takes up 18 cubic feet of landfill space.

  • fact
  • fiction