Good space of the global landfills is old mattresses tossed by different persons due to proper lack of basic knowledge on mattresses end life. Unlike any other household materials, the removal of mattresses vary in size and are very tough to manage upon reaching their end life. However, before you toss your mattress into the municipal landfill there are basic facts that you need to know about mattresses recycling.
1) Mattresses are overly tough to reuse
As the mattresses age, they accumulate dust and other different types of pest, mostly bugs. An old mattress can be a potential risk factor to illnesses such as allergy. Due to this fact, most charity organisations do not accept old mattresses for reuse.
However, this does not mean that you should never give away an old mattress to a needy person in your village. In fact, you can do it. So long as the mattress is not stained or ripped, you can feel free to give it away. There are other types of mattresses that are made up of dust-resistant materials. You can check whether the old mattress is mice infested or not before giving it out.
2) Many municipal councils do not include mattresses in their recycling lists
Unlike other materials that are used in different homesteads on a daily basis, mattresses are made of materials that are overly tough to recycle. You will need to disassemble it before being recycled. During the process, there are technical skills and hi-tech equipment used that most states lack. In regards, various states usually offer landfill for easier and effective disposal of the mattresses.
3) 42% of the mattress components become brittle in their end life
Mattresses consist of foam, synthetic latex, and textiles. These products form 42% of their weight and approximately 80+ percent of its volume. These materials break down into microscopic pieces after its useful life. They pose a significant level of environmental hazard as compared to any other type of waste disposal.
4) 85% of the mattresses are recyclable
Though most states still dump off mattresses in landfills, it is worth noting that 85% of the mattress components are recyclable. Mattresses are made up of 48% box and steel inner springs, 28% foam, 14% fabrics, and fibres, and 5% wooden box spring. The springs can be made into new steel, the foam into padding, carpet or cushions. The fibres and the fabrics can be made into carpets and industrial filters while the box springs chipped and shredded to form animal bedding, biomass or mulch. The remaining percentage is synthetic fibres that cannot be recycled.
5) Mattresses are the most growing form of garbage in Australia
According to recent research by MWRRG, mattresses are the main component of waste materials that form a good portion of the Australian garbage. The research enumerates the growing figures of the mattresses as compared to the other forms of litres.
6) 75% of the mattresses are reclaimed back by their original processors
According to recent research by Bye Bye mattress, most companies hold liability for the old mattresses they process. Therefore, to effectively continue with efficient service delivery, they claim back most of their old mattresses for recycling. Just like the electronic appliances, most mattresses are now given back to them for recycling
7) Mattresses take up to a century to decompose
During their makeup, the processing companies design mattresses in such a manner that they can last up to a decade when kept in good condition. Meaning, when tossed in a landfill, these materials may take centuries before they fully return to Earth. The plastic components of the mattresses including the foam can even take another decade before they fully decompose.
8) For every tonne of mattress recycled there is 1.5 tonnes of Carbon (IV) Oxide savings in the greenhouse.
During the course of decomposition, the synthetic fibres and the plastic components of the mattresses reacts with the air to form carbon (IV) oxide gas. According to research 1.5 tonnes of this gas is released from a chemical reaction that involves only a tonne of old mattresses.
9) For every tonne of mattress recycled there is 25 cubic metres of landfill space preserved
Just as aforementioned, mattresses are overly large in size. Hence, they tend to fill up the landfills faster as compared to other types of litres that are tossed into the landfills. A tonne of old mattresses can cover up an approximate of 25 cubic metres of landfill space.
10) Most companies recommend DR3 method in mattress recycling
Recycling a mattress was always a daunting task until the initiation of the now commonly used, DR3 method. In this method, the old mattress is diverted, reduced, reused and finally recycled. In fact, this method has been a huge spike in mattress recycling business among various states and countries.
11) Globally, only 40% of used mattresses are recycled
With time each individual state feels the need to reduce the number of mattresses that end up in the landfill. However, narrowing the digits to zero is still a dream. In the US only 13% of used mattresses are recycled annually. This form a negligible part of the 40% global number of used mattresses recycled.
Paul’s Rubbish Removal in Sydney are the experts in all things removed and disposed of. We specialise in removing old and broken mattresses from your home or apartment. Our qualified team can reliably and safely haul your mattress away for you and recycle it. All you need to do is contact us on 0407 125 125 and we’ll handle the rest.