August 13th, 2008 by Sarah Pressman Lovinger
My husband and I are quite pleased with our brand-new king size mattress. It’s firm, yet comfy, and because we also indulged in some new down pillows, we are sleeping much better these days. But what should we do with the old mattress? I know the mattress delivery company removes it, but I am sure that they just send it to a landfill. I would like to dispose of our old mattress in a more eco-friendly way.
In looking for green suggestions on how to handle the old mattress, I googled ‘mattress recycle’. Nothing really useful came of my web search, however. Health department laws prohibit donating the mattress to the Salvation Army or another charitable organization, and I could not find a local mattress recycling company. I could try a local freecycle group, but the health department restrictions would probably come into play again. So we have a nice, new mattress, and we just don’t know how to handle the old mattress in an environmentally-responsible way.
I invite you, dear reader, to weigh in on this one: what’s the best way to dispose of an old mattress?
Photo from my personal collection.
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