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:
(We need an operation like Rebound in the Whanganui region!)
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.
If your mattress (and/or bed base) is in good, clean condition take to a charity/secondhand shop.
If you have the inclination to deconstruct your mattress to reduce waste to landfill, the following items have value:
Take to waste transfer station.