What happens to mattresses at landfill?
Mattresses decomposing in landfills slowly release toxic chemicals. Manufactures treat some portions of mattresses with chemicals when they’re made. Foam and fabric can also contain chemical elements. When these materials decompose, they react to natural elements such as wind and rain.
Do old mattresses go to landfill?
Mattresses are made of recyclable products that can all be put to better use. When you take your mattress to a landfill site, it simply gets dumped in the ground with the rest of the rubbish.
Why do landfills charge for mattresses?
The state requires that mattress retailers collect this fee at the point of purchase to help fund the recycling programs. The same practice is used with the 5¢ recycling fee on plastic and glass bottles. You are charged the recycling fee when you buy a soda at the market, not when you throw it away.
How do I dispose of a mattress?
Dispose of your mattress in a safe and responsible way:
- Ask the store where you bought your new mattress to pick up your old set when they deliver the new one. …
- Call your local municipality, sanitation department or garbage collector. …
- Refer to Bye Bye Mattress’ directory of recyclers for a location near you.
Can mattresses go in skips?
A mattress is one of the trickiest bulky household waste items to get rid of since you are not allowed to put it in a skip. If you decide to put your mattress in a skip, you will pay extra to cover the additional costs for the skip operator.
How many mattresses are thrown away?
Americans dispose of an estimated 20 million mattresses and box springs every year and the vast majority end up in landfills or incinerators. That’s roughly 55,000 discarded each and every day. 1 They contribute 450 million pounds of waste and fill more than 100 million cubic feet of landfill space every year.