In Australia, people change mattresses an average every eight to 10 years, which amounts to around 1.25 million mattresses every year ending up in landfill.
Mattresses can be dropped off at our Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre or Geelong Resource Recovery Centre. There is a recycling fee of $23.50 per item.
This fee covers the costs associated with recycling, which is labour intensive as each mattress has to be taken apart by hand.
Each year around 4,500 mattresses are dropped off at our centres for recycling.
Recycling mattresses saves space at the landfill and reuses resources.
What gets recycled?
Around 90 per cent of the contents of each mattress is recycled.
The foam and wadding from inside the mattress is reused as carpet underlay.
Timber is processed into a reusable woodchip and used in the manufacture of particleboard, animal bedding and mulch. Steel springs are sent to scrap metal merchants and melted down into new steel.
Pulling your old mattress apart converts around 1.3 cubic metres of waste to a humble 0.05 cubic metres of waste.
The average mattress consists of two kilograms of wood, 12.5 kilograms of steel and 1.5 kilograms of foam.