Fact or Fiction: Recycled Mattresses


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

Mattresses and box springs are very bulky, and they take up about 5 percent of space in a landfill. Compound that by the fact that users often throw them away every 10 or 15 years or so and you can see the problem.


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

Actually for every 100 mattresses that are recycled, 30 trees are saved.


Recycling your mattress saves water, oil and trees.

Recycling your mattress is a no brainer when you understand how many resources you can save and those do include water, oil and trees.


Mattresses are 100 percent recyclable.

The materials in mattresses are anywhere from 85 to 95 percent recyclable depending on the recycling center technology and the type of mattress.


Any recycling facility will take your old mattress.

Most recycling facilities don't have the technology to recycle mattresses. You have to take them to a special recycling center that has the equipment to handle recycling them.


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

It actually takes a standard mattress nearly 20 years to break down in a landfill.


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

Mattress recycling centers are popping up across the country to help reduce the nearly 20 million mattresses that end up in landfills each year.


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

Most mattress recycling centers won't pick up your mattress. In fact, most centers often charge fees for recycling mattresses.


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

Your local chapter of Goodwill sets its own regulations on whether or not it can accept mattresses. If it does accept them, it often has rules about having them cleaned before they can be accepted.


Every material that makes up a mattress can be recycled.

Anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of a mattress cannot be recycled.


Mattresses can created hazardous situations in landfills.

Mattresses can create flammable pockets of air in landfills, which can be extremely dangerous to workers.


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

If 10,000 people recycled their mattresses each year, an entire football field worth of trash would be eliminated from the landfill.


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

The reason most recycling centers cannot recycle mattresses is because they are designed in a way that makes them very difficult to disassemble.


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

Mattresses are sometimes difficult to donate to the Goodwill or Salvation Army because they can be contaminated with things like bacteria, dust mites and even bed bugs.


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

A recycling center can recycle one mattress in just four minutes.


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

The cost of recycling mattresses could soon come down, since melting down the steel coils and selling the end product is becoming more lucrative.


Any retailer can reuse the fabric of a mattress.

It is against health code for any mattress company to sell a mattress with fabric from a used mattress. So beware of mattresses that are extremely cheap or ones that are sold as "refurbished."


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

It is not legal for a retailer to sell an old mattress with a new cover.


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

A very popular use of recycled mattress stuffing is to make carpet padding.


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

A mattress on average takes up 23 cubic feet of landfill space.


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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.

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