In 2016, US consumers purchased more than 15 million new beds and generated an estimated 74 million cubic feet of bio-hazardous solid waste in the process when their old mattress ended up in the dump.
We estimate less than 10% of discarded beds are actually recycled.
Consider the fact that only 3 states even collect mattress recycle fees at present: California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
Recycling helps, but the real answer is to extend mattress end of life 3X by replacing worn and soiled interchangeableparts instead of replacing the complete mattress. Sustainable beds are the solution, disposable beds theproblem.
Sustainable mattresses like ours with interchangeable replaceableparts can extendproduct end of life up to 3X. This effectively cuts the cost of bed ownership over a 15 yearperiod by half andprevents 50% of the solid waste now generated by old bed disposal.
It is simply a matter of consumers changing their buying habits.
For more information about mattress recycling, or to find a mattress recycling center in your area, please visit the Mattress Recycling Council's website.