What You Need To Know About Mattress Recycling
- How often should I change my mattress?
- How long should my mattress last?
- Will a pocket sprung mattress last longer than a memory foam mattress?
- How is a mattress recycled?
- Are there any parts that can't be recycled?
- Will my local council take away my old mattress?
- Do you offer your own recycling programme?
- If my mattress is in good condition can I donate it to charity?
- How can I reduce my carbon footprint the next time I buy a mattress?
We often get asked this question in the showroom and our advice is that we recommend a mattress should be replaced around every 5 years (depending on the quality of the mattress and manufacturer guidelines). If the mattress is past its best and you’re in need of a better replacement, read on to find out how to properly dispose of your old whilst remaining within the law.
There are usually signs that a mattress needs replacing and it may be showing signs of wear and tear and no longer giving you the support and comfort you need. You might wake in the morning with more aches and pains as the support is no longer there to enable you that refreshing nights’ sleep.
Memory foam mattresses can last 10–20 years which is much longer than traditional sprung mattresses. This is because, while they mould to your body while you sleep, they're able to return to their original shape once you've got out of bed. However, it's worth noting that a mattress might need replacing sooner or later than its recommended lifespan, depending on its quality, how it's looked after, and how often it's used. You should use your judgement and look out for signs that your mattress is negatively affecting your quality of sleep.
Whilst purchasing a new mattress, it’s imperative that you dispose of your old mattress in the most efficient and convenient way possible. If this isn’t done responsibly, you could be charged with quite a hefty fine or face prosecution for fly tipping.
Although you can’t easily throw away your mattress, your local recycling centre will most likely take it off your hands. If you do a little research in advance you can find out the best way to dispose of it. Your local council’s website will list your nearest recycling centres and what materials they do or don’t accept. At a recycling centre the materials of your mattress can be broken down into individual components and made into new products. For example, foam can be made into flooring underlay, or springs can be made into new metal products. This is the best environmentally friendly option.
Most local councils have recycling schemes in place and some will collect but bear in mind that you’ll need a car big enough to fit a mattress inside if you’re transporting it to a recycling centre. You cannot usually take waste into recycling centres by foot. If you don’t have transport big enough to fit a mattress, you can request that it is collected by the council for mattress recycling. Most councils charge around £10-£20 to pick up bulky items but will differ depending on which city you live in. You can request council collect via your local gov.uk website.
Here at Linthorpe Beds, we offer mattress disposal once we have delivered your new mattress to you. All you need to do is tick the box at checkout once you’re ordering your mattress, we will then take it same day once the mattress is in your home.
It’s a great idea to donate your mattress to a charity or give it away on a free selling page online. If your mattress is in good condition, you can give away your mattress to someone for free. Look for charities that are on the hunt for mattresses specifically, this will then keep the mattress away from landfill, whilst helping someone a little less fortunate. Do be sure to check that the mattress is fit for purpose, clean and has a fire safety label on it.
At Linthorpe we are proud to work with some amazing companies who recognise the importance of sustainability in their products. Harrison Spinks make chemical free mattresses using natural organic resources obtained from their own farm. Materials such as wool, Viscose, Cotton & Hemp are used and mattresses are hand-tailored and made in Britain. They have just gained a carbon neutral accreditation.
Millbrook are another company who produce mattresses traditionally upholstered using only the finest natural fillings. By using natural fillings such as British wool, silk, pashmina, cashgora and cotton in their mattresses, they create mattresses which are truly sumptuous and luxurious.
They say their mattresses bed should therefore be treasured as an investment, not only for the inherent quality, but also for the luxurious comfort you will enjoy – which allows you to awaken relaxed and refreshed.
Buying responsibly and caring for the environment is made easy with Linthorpe beds.