Mattress

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Education

According to Rebound in Timaru - 300,000 mattresses per year could be diverted from landfill. Up to 90% of mattress materials can be recovered and recycled including timber, coir, metal and foam. 

The average mattress contains:

  • Steel springs – 100% recyclable
  • Polyurethane foam – can be recycled into foam carpet underlay
  • Coir – a natural product from coconut fibre with various reuse options
  • Wood – 100% reuseable or recyclable
  • Textiles – currently non-recyclable

(We need an operation like Rebound in the Whanganui region!)

Reduce

Buying a new mattress (and bed-base) can be a major purchase. Invest in good quality, environmentally-friendly pieces which will last a life-time.

Reuse

If your mattress (and/or bed base) is in good, clean condition take to a charity/secondhand shop.

 

Recycle

If you have the inclination to deconstruct your mattress to reduce waste to landfill, the following items have value:

  • Steel springs – 100% recyclable
  • Polyurethane foam – can be recycled into foam carpet underlay
  • Coir – a natural product from coconut fibre with various reuse options
  • Wood – 100% reuseable or recyclable

Disposal

Take to waste transfer station.