Can old mattresses be recycled?
What parts of a mattress can be recycled?
It can be shredded and made into carpet paddings, it can be made into throw pillows, it can also be made into rebond foams for car seats and gym equipment, and bicycle seats.
The mattress itself: A mattress that was disposed of in good condition, only needs intense cleaning and the outer cover changed, before it's put in the market again, for maybe half the price, but it doesn't just go in the bin. After it has been used a second time and disposed of again, it then goes on to become some of the aforementioned things.
Why is recycling a mattress good for the environment?
When mattresses get to the landfills, the process of beating them down into smaller degradable pieces is usually a lot.
First, there is a spring inside each mattress, and since they can't start removing the mattress part by part- they have a truckload of things to take care of- they use a landfill machine.
The job of a landfill machine is to beat down the item into smaller bits, so they use this on a mattress. Sometimes, the spring pops out of the mattress and ruins the landfill machine. Take a math guess of how much machines go bad every time they try to beat down a mattress which should have gone to recycling.
Mattresses are also made of petroleum-based products, these products tend to be toxic after a while when they stay on the earth.
These toxic materials, when they seep into the ground, they begin to poison the soil and if it gets worse, the water.
Mattresses may not be harmful to you when you make use of them, but when they get to the landfill they become harmful to not just you, but everyone else around you.
The goal is to make sure that they don't, and the only way to make sure of that is to send the mattresses to recycling.
The process of getting mattresses ready for landfill leaves a load of carbon footprint, which is not healthy for the society, you, inclusive.
One more thing, sending your mattress to the landfill will cost you a lot more than having a mattress disposal team take it out for recycling. This is because landfills are beginning to charge more for mattresses, and they rightly should, the process of beating one down is a lot
How do I know when to get a new mattress?
Changing your mattress is not a thought that just pops into your mind on its own, something has to have driven that thought. If you are thinking of changing your mattress or wondering if it is time to change your mattress, it probably is time.
Here are a few reasons why it might just be time to change your mattress.
It is no longer comfortable: comfort is not exactly something that people like giving up, under any circumstances. If something is comfortable, and there are hardly any hitches, changing it will be a waste of time and money. Your mattress should bring you absolute comfort and nothing more, and if it stops giving that, something is wrong with it and it definitely needs changing.
An uncomfortable mattress does more than just be uncomfortable. It might cause you health issues like back pain, or pain in your waist region. If you are beginning to experience pains as a result of your mattress, it means it is due for a change.
An uncomfortable mattress can also alter your sleep, and when you aren't getting enough sleep, you are putting yourself in harm's way, it means you could end up with anxiety, a heart disease, or worse stroke. All because you kept a mattress that was no longer offering comfort. Comfort is a big deal when it comes to mattresses. If you aren't getting comfortable, you should not be sleeping on that mattress.
It is wearing and tearing:
Your allergies are worsening:
While it sounds strange that your mattress may just make your asthma worse, it's true. If there are dust mites or other allergens on your mattress, you could wake up at different times of the night with an attack or an allergic reaction.
The moment your allergies start happening when you are on or near your mattress, please have it carried by the mattress disposal team. Allergies get worse sometimes and they can be fatal. Your life is dependent on a good mattress.
Ugh! This should have come first actually. When bed bugs attack a mattress, there is not much you can do anymore. It should go with the mattress disposal team right away. Unless you like the idea of waking up at night to itch and have stinging sensations all over your body.
When the spring is noisy:
A noisy spring is a disadvantage for so many reasons. If your spring is noisy, it belongs to the iron benders at recycling, no longer with your mattress.
If you can feel your partner moving, or your weight can push down a part of your mattress, it might be time to change it. A good mattress offers balance so that you can't feel your partner move or get out of bed, and can carry your weight. If none of these are happening, you should change your mattress to one which offers these qualities.
Changing your mattress once in a while is a good thing, your maximum comfort is important.
Another important thing is making sure that your mattress is disposed of properly, and this cannot be done by you. The process of taking it to the recyclers and the process of recycling is not something that you can carry out successfully, this is why you need a mattress disposal team to have this done for you.
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