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 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.
Actually for every 100 mattresses that are recycled, 30 trees are saved.
Recycling your mattress is a no brainer when you understand how many resources you can save and those do include water, oil and trees.
The materials in mattresses are anywhere from 85 to 95 percent recyclable depending on the recycling center technology and the type of 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 actually takes a standard mattress nearly 20 years to break down in a landfill.
Mattress recycling centers are popping up across the country to help reduce the nearly 20 million mattresses that end up in landfills each year.
Most mattress recycling centers won't pick up your mattress. In fact, most centers often charge fees for recycling mattresses.
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.
Anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of a mattress cannot be recycled.
Mattresses can create flammable pockets of air in landfills, which can be extremely dangerous to workers.
If 10,000 people recycled their mattresses each year, an entire football field worth of trash would be eliminated from the landfill.
The reason most recycling centers cannot recycle mattresses is because they are designed in a way that makes them very difficult to disassemble.
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 recycling center can recycle one mattress in just four minutes.
The cost of recycling mattresses could soon come down, since melting down the steel coils and selling the end product is becoming more lucrative.
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."
It is not legal for a retailer to sell an old mattress with a new cover.
A very popular use of recycled mattress stuffing is to make carpet padding.
A mattress on average takes up 23 cubic feet of landfill space.