Recycled Mattresses Saves Landfill Spaces
A 2012 pilot survey around the Perth and Peel regions estimated 2 to 4 mattresses being dumped at verge collections per 100 residents. This roughly adds to potentially 34,000-68,000 mattresses reaching landfills from mere verge collections covering a population of 1.7 million. Damaged mattresses remain non-viable for re-trading; prompting social enterprises to push the concept of restoring and reusing damaged mattresses.
New environmental legislations make manufacturers liable at every stage of mattress production to its disposal. Mattress recycling is a trade innovation that prevents mattresses from becoming landfill liabilities by refurbishing old mattresses for charitable use.
To the rescue are mattress recyclers who work alongside manufacturers and landfill operators. Strict guidelines govern recycling of base components as part of effective waste management.
The cycle is initiated at the retail floor when buying a new mattress. The need is to:
X Ascertain environmental liabilities in choosing materials such as wood frames, natural hemp, latex cores, bamboo, organic cotton or wool for separate platform, base foam and memory foam layers.
X Estimate the cost of collection and restorations.
X Understand Council protocols and costs involved in treating worn-out components.
X Metallic springs removed can be scrapped, foam is converted into carpet underlay and recovered timber is often sent to charitable trusts and low-cost hobby centers.
X Recovered natural wood or timbers are used to produce natural bio-fuels.
Starting at very affordable rates, D3 eco-friendly recycling techniques is a blessing that helps redirecting tons of damaged mattresses away from landfill areas