Mattresses are one of the most common items sent to landfill. But most components of a mattress can be recycled which diverts these large waste items from landfill.
When you pay to dispose of your mattress at the Waste Management Centre, you are paying for it to be processed for reuse and recycling. Components are separated and the timber, foam, wadding, springs and some fabrics and other materials can be recycled and used for:
- Woodchip (for particleboard production, animal bedding and mulch)
- Metal is processed for use in buildings and infrastructure, vehicles and appliances.
- Foam, wadding and latex from inside the mattress is recycled into carpet underlay and sound proofing material and waste to energy fuel.