Can a mattress be recycled?

Can a mattress be recycled?

Can mattresses be recycled? 

Short answer: Yes! The collection and recycle process varies by state and region. Here is a break down of the process

  • CollectionMattresses are typically collected through specialized recycling programs or drop-off centers. 
  • DisassemblyOnce collected, the mattresses are taken to a recycling facility where they are disassembled into their different components. This typically includes metal springs, fabric, foam, and wood. Here in Connecticut, these specialized facilities are located in Bridgeport and East Hartford.
  • Sorting and Processing: The different components are then sorted and processed. Metal springs are melted down and recycled into new steel products. Fabric is often shredded and used for carpet underlay or insulation. Foam can be recycled into carpet padding, packing materials, or even new foam products. Wood frames can be chipped and used for mulch or particle board.
  • Reuse or Recycling: The recycled materials are then used to create new products or are sent to other manufacturers for reuse.

Recycling mattresses is not only good for the environment, but it also saves energy and resources. It also helps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

Here are some things to keep in mind when recycling your mattress:

  • Check your local program: Not all areas have mattress recycling programs. You can find out if there is a program in your area by searching online or contacting your local waste disposal company.
  • Fees may apply: Some mattress recycling programs charge a fee. This fee is usually used to offset the cost of collecting and processing the mattresses. Here in Connecticut, as of January 2024, the state charges $11.75 as a mattress recycling fee whenever you purchase a new mattress or foundation. This is a mandated charge regardless of whether or not you have an existing mattress to recycle.
  • Prepare your mattress: Some programs require you to remove the mattress cover and box spring before recycling. Be sure to check the program's guidelines before you drop off your mattress.
  • Information on Mattress recycling in Connecticut visit:

By recycling your mattress, you can do your part to help the environment and create a more sustainable future.

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