Dispose of an old mattress?
The best and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of a mattress is to RECYCLE IT.
Today most people have heard about recycling paper, plastic and electrical equipment and more, but did you know you can also recycle your old mattress safely and soon you will have an opportunity to recycle your old mattress in South Dublin!
Many old and used mattresses end in up landfills, incineration facilities or are just dumped which is not good for the environment. If an old mattress does make it to a landfill site it can take between 50 and 100 years for that mattress to decompose during which time the chemically treated materials used in manufacturing can leak into the soil and groundwater supply.
Others are collected and end up on bonfires at Halloween which again is bad news for the environment and health of people who might be exposed to fumes from these fires.
It’s interesting to note that about 35 million mattresses are disposed of each year according to Auping, a European supplier of mattresses and related items. This figure includes mattresses used in Irish homes.
What is Mattress Recycling?
Mattress recycling involves taking apart the components of beds and reusing them in other applications. It is different then mattress refurbishing or renewal, which involves reupholstering and reselling the mattress and bed. This is always an option and reuse is preferable to recycling.
Most materials used in a mattress can be repurposed once a bed is deconstructed (about 85-90%), Recyclers are constantly developing new ways to reuse material recovered from the bedding.
- Springs & Coils: Metal can be reformed into new items.
- Foams: Mattress foams can be shredded and used in carpet padding, moving pads, and as a fuel source.
- Fibres: Cotton and other fibres can be used in filters, insulation or burned for fuel.
- Fabrics & Upholstery: Can be reclaimed for use in other items.
- Wood: Can be chipped for mulch, reused in new products or burned for fuel.
Mattress Recovery for Recycling
Starting in late September 2021 Recycle IT will support free drop off days at Recycle IT in Clondalkin. Householders located in the South Dublin County Council area can drop off old mattresses for safe recycling Monday – Friday between 10am and 1pm. This initiative starts Monday, Sept 27th 2021. There is a limit on the number of mattresses accepted per household.
Recycle IT will also offer a limited number of estate collections for households located in the South Dublin County Council area. We are unable to offer free personal collections.
This mattress recycling initiative is supported by South Dublin County Council. It helps curtail unlawful disposal of waste mattresses and offer residents a free and eco-friendly opportunity to recycle. This in turn help save valuable resources, landfill capacity and/or reduces costly incineration. It is a convenient and safe recycling solution for residents with old mattresses.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT, isRecycle IT, is an award-winning social enterprise. Services are provided in partnership with South Dublin County Council. Recycle IT are supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.
Our mattress recycling initiative will start in late September 2021. If you need to recycle a mattress immediately you can call Eco Mattress, Dublin 11 or visit Ballymount Civic Amenity Site Dublin 20. There may be a cost for collection and/or recycling so please call the service provider in advance.
If you have a resident’s association, please do contact us. Our team will record your interest and hopefully, we can work with your residents group to arrange a collection event for your estate in October 2021.
- Just to note – to booked one of a limited number of community collection events please email us.
- When offering a community collection event in South Dublin all mattresses must be dropped too an agreed collection point in your estate. Our teams can’t enter homes or apartments.
Recycle IT are not offering personal household collection related to Mattress Recycling.
For further information please call 01 4578321 or email Recycle IT here