Whether it’s the end-of-the-line for your current mattress, you’ve got a spare bed that you want to get rid of or it’s simply time to upgrade, the question about how to get rid of an old mattress may spring to mind.
But just because you’re moving onto something new doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to the tip for the old.
What if we told you there was a way for you to get a better night’s sleep and do something good for the planet at the same time?
As always, being informed is the best way to make responsible decisions when recycling. We’ve done our homework for you, and provided some useful information below about how to get rid of your old mattress – and be environmentally friendly at the same time.
The problem with unwanted mattresses
With Australians switching up their mattress every 8-10 years, this amounts to around 1.25 million unwanted mattresses a year – the majority of which unfortunately end up in landfill. In 2014 alone, metropolitan councils in Victoria collected around 232,000 mattresses through kerbside collections, transfer stations and illegal dumping.
What gets recycled?
There are some great initiatives out there to help save your old mattress from becoming landfill. Companies like Soft Landing, a national social enterprise operating across 4 states of Australia, have been coming up with creative ways to repurpose up to 75 percent of the materials found in your old mattresses.
Soft Landing divert waste mattresses from landfill and recover as many of the components as possible to recycle. The steel springs get turned into steel roofs, the timber frames are turned into mulch and the mattress foam is turned into carpet underlays.
By doing this they help the project the environment and create green jobs for disadvantaged and long-term unemployed people.
How to recycle a mattress
If you live in NSW, ACT, VIC & WA, here’s how to get rid of an unwanted mattress (Queensland residents – keep scrolling).
Soft Landing offers both mattress collection and drop-off service. A small fee is associated with these services in order to cover the costs of transport, recycling and or cleaning of the mattresses for reuse. The average cost for Soft Landing to collect and recycle your mattress is $50.00 per piece and $35.00 for additional pieces.
Considering the work done by this not-for-profit organisation, it’s money well spent and a great way to rid yourself of a heavy, space-consuming object. Recycle your old mattress and start your path to being environmentally and socially responsible.
Mattress recycling in Queensland
Planet Ark has launched a similar scheme with a view to making recycling facilities more accessible for everyone. It’s easy to organise and all the hard work is done for you – you can their website Recycling Near You and follow the steps for help with your recycling and search for a drop off location in your area. For example, for people who live in Brisbane there are multiple options to drop off a mattress at Lifeline centres on the south-side and Ipswich area.
If you are unable to drop off your mattress to a collection centre yourself, that’s no reason for your old mattress to lie around the house any longer than it needs to. There are plenty options for mattress removal taskers on community platforms like Air Tasker who can come and get rid of it for you – you can hire anyone to help out with tasks these days!
You can also check with your local council to find out if kerbside collections occur in your area.
Help save the planet – and get a better night’s sleep
Mattress recycling programs are an important initiative in conserving Australia’s resources and reducing Greenhouse gasses in the production of new materials.
Of course there’s also the added bonus of knowing you’ve contributed to a greener Australia and you can now enjoy your new bed with a clear conscience.