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.
It’s common knowledge that a bed 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.
Mattresses should be recycled as they take up a lot of space, especially if they aren’t being used. Another point to note is that mattresses contain a mix of organic and synthetic materials. Synthetic materials could take decades to degrade, whilst organic can compose within a few years. This means just throwing them away makes matters worse, they won’t just go away on their own. What’s more, is that chemicals within the mattress, such as bleaches and dyes, can cause ground pollution, making it poisonous for animals and plants, thus destroying ecosystems.
Some areas of the mattress are actually recyclable. Here are the characteristics of mattresses that can be reused by an array of different companies. It’s as simple as popping these parts into a recycling bin/bag and sent across to certain businesses.
Springs can be melted down and made into an array of different iron-based products, from car parts to aspects of a mobile phone. The options to reuse and recycle springs is actually endless.
Foam can be recycled and developed further to use as alternative carpeting, or as refuse fuel once foam has been cleaned, processed and baled.
Mattress covering can be recycled and used as refuse fuel, or simply reused by being rehomed and given to charity (as long as it is free from contamination).
The National Bed Federation (NBF) published a report at the end of July 2019 suggesting the number of mattresses increased from 2016 to 2017, whilst recycling in itself decreased in most regions in the UK, which may just be due to the growth in population across the nation.
There are actually an array of ways to be rid of your old mattress, some of which are illegal, so be sure to keep it within the law and follow the rules below.
You could take the mattress to a local recycling centre as there are now more recycling centres in the UK than ever. Although it may be hard work getting there, it’s worth it in the end as these facilities have the ability to break down the mattress into recyclable components. These can then either be reused or repurposed for many different uses.
On the other hand, another option is to ask the council to take your mattress. Many councils provide a bulk waste collection service, which often includes beds and mattresses. However, this can actually be quite expensive, and your mattress could end up in a local landfill, which again, could cause pollution. Try to contact your local council and see whether or not they can offer free mattress collection.
Here at Linthorpe Beds, we offer free 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.
And finally, another great option is to donate your mattress. 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, this will then keep the mattress away from landfill, whilst helping someone a little less fortunate. However be sure to check that the mattress is fit for purpose, clean and has a fire safety label on it.
Always think carefully of whether or not you’re discarding your mattress safely. How you’re doing it can have serious consequences for the environment and to yourself as a law-abiding citizen.