Recycling is one of the most sustainable ways to prevent waste from ending up in landfills or incineration centers. Did you know that just like plastic, mattress recycling is possible right now?
You can find out more about it by reading along and stopping yourself from throwing out your old mattress.
Why should you recycle your old mattress?
So, now that you got your brand new mattress, confused about what to do with the old one? Since they occupy a huge space, it’s hard for us to keep them with us.
Throwing away seems like an easy option. But, do you know that over six million mattresses end up in landfills each year in Canada alone? And, today, the landfills are overflowing.
There are fewer and fewer centers that accept mattresses. At this rate, landfilling is no longer a feasible option, not only for bed materials but also for other products.
Another way mattress disposal is possible is through incineration. But only 5 percent of waste disposal in the country is done through incineration. The process is not completely environment-friendly either.
It releases harmful gases and toxins into the atmosphere. So, you are getting rid of a mattress at the cost of air pollution and health!
All this is happening while 95% of the bed material in a mattress is recyclable. Do you still want to throw your mattress away? Almost all the parts of bed material have recyclable parts. For instance, metals, mattress fillings, cotton, wood, etc., inside the mattress can be taken out and used.
Mattress recycling process
Reputed disposal centers like Recyc-Matelas develop means to make the most out of mattresses given for recycling.
- The first step is to remove the covering and shred the inner parts.
- The inner part then passes through a machine that separates the wood, the metal, and the cotton materials.
How to find recycling centers?
You can browse the internet to find the nearest recycling center. But, all such centers might not take in mattresses.
There are dedicated mattress recycling centers across Canada. Most of them have pick-up agents to collect the mattress from your doorstep. You can also entrust the bed with online delivery agents who will make sure that the mattress reaches recycling centers.
If you are a climate-conscious individual, take a moment and consider mattress recycling. Do your part by not contributing to the tonnes of mattress waste ending up in landfills in Canada.
Choose sustainability, and save mother earth.