Why would a landfill not want to bury mattress?
- Mattress are recyclable and recyclables should be recycled.
- Burying recyclables is against the environmental ethic of most landfills.
- The indirect and long-term costs of burying mattresses are quite significant.
- Mattresses consume a significant amount of landfill space.
Why would a landfill want to bury mattresses?
Why would community and sustainability leaders want to recycle mattresses?
- Mattresses are recyclable and align with the environmental ethic of communities and most businesses.
- Recycling, and particularly mattress recycling, shows environmental stewardship related to materials management, greenhouse gas reductions, and landfill space conservation.
- Most charities don’t want old mattresses, so recycling is the best environmental option (see minute 1:25 on this 3-minute embedded video).
- Mattress recycling has a valuable economic component when indirect and long-term costs are accurately measured and, in some cases, even offers a net financial gain.
- Mattress recycling done right provides opportunities for the underemployed, “living wage” jobs and potential spin-off entrepreneurial opportunities.
What can community and sustainability leaders do to learn more about mattress recycling?
Contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; and/or your local/state economic development department (i.e. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation); and/or the Mattress Recycling Council; and/or take a look at this embedded video on mattress recycling to learn more. After reaching out to theses organizations ask them how they might help in recycling mattresses.