Each year Americans disposed of over 40 million mattresses, and one mattress takes up as much as 40 cubic feet in a landfill. That’s why it’s important to recycle them. Most mattresses are made up of foam, wood, cotton, and metal springs that are recyclables.
Some companies have a mattress take-back program that makes the process simple. While many thrift stores do not accept mattress donations, various charities do. So if you are looking to get rid of an old mattress, ask a local charity.
Take a look at the recycling locator to find out where you can dispose of a mattress.
It’s worth taking the time to find a place that will recycle your mattress, since about 90 percent of the average mattress can be recovered for recycle. You can even take apart the mattress components yourself if you are having trouble disposing of the whole thing at once.