Did you know that over 10 million mattresses are disposed of every year? These mattresses wind up in our local landfills, taking up major amounts of space. To reduce the number of mattresses that end up in our landfills you can recycle them. You can either donate them to charity, or take them to a mattress recycling facility that will reuse the springs, wooden boards, foam and cotton within the mattress.
In January 2011 Metro Vancouver, the government body that resides over British Columbia, Canada, recognized that practically everything within a mattress was recyclable. To divert the number of mattresses that were thrown away the governing body passed a bylaw that prohibited residents from dumping their mattresses into landfills.
Residents can pay a $20 fee to have a transfer station pick up their mattress, or they can take it to a recycling facility like Canadian Mattress Recycling. Canadian Mattress Recycling takes the mattresses apart and separates each material. The metal is recycled into new metal, the wood is burned as fuel or is recycled into new furniture, and foam is recycled into carpet padding.
For only $12 Canadian Mattress Recycling will come to your house and pick up the mattress. The company will also recycle clean metal products like bed frames, bikes, shelves and appliances, as well as polyurethane foam cushions and mattress toppers, free of charge with your scheduled pick up.
So far Metro Vancouver has seen positive results with the recycling law. It claims that over 47,000 mattresses and box springs have been diverted from its landfills.