Mattress Recycling Initiative

According to European Bedding Industry Association, up to 30 million mattresses annually reach their end of life and it is estimated that 60% end up in landfill and 40% are incinerated. However, it is reported that almost 85% of their mass can be recycled through proper disassembly. In order to help you recycle your old mattresses, Recycle IT are working in collaboration with South Dublin County Council for a limited period.

Mattress Recovery
Mattress Recovery

Our teams will offer a free residential mattress recycling service for a number of weeks starting October 19th, 2020. Recycle IT will offer a free drop off service and a limited number of estate collection for households located in the South Dublin County Council area. We are unable to offer personal collections.

This mattress recycling initiative allows South Dublin County Council to curtail unlawful disposal of waste mattresses and offer recyclers a free and eco-friendly opportunity to recycle. This inturn help save valuable resources, landfill capacity or reduces costly incineration. It really is a convenient and safe recycling solution for residents .


To participate in the initiative, residents can contact Recycle IT on 01 4578321. You can drop off daily between 10am and 12pm up to Friday Nov 13th. Most standard mattresses will be accepted.

Our last mattress drop off event in 2020 takes place in Tallaght on Nov 16th Tallaght Leisure Centre Car Park (Fortunestown Way, Whitestown, Dublin 24) from 10am to 2pm.

Non-accepted items include:
  • Torn, damaged, wet, or twisted mattresses.
  • Contaminated, soiled, or infested items.
  • Futon frames, bases, or furniture (sofa beds)
  • Waterbeds or camping air mattresses
Did you know

A lot of materials used to manufacture a mattress can be recycled and used again to make other useful products? The material and components can be reprocessed into a variety of products including geotextiles, filters etc. Foams can be reprocessed as carpet underlay, gym mats etc., springs are recycled as metal scrap and clean wood (but not contaminated) can be used in the fabrication of chipboard, mulch, or bedding for animals.

Recycle IT

Recycle IT, is an award-winning social enterprise. Services are provided in partnership 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 in Leinster.

Our mattress recycling initiative has ceased until further notice Mattresses can now be drop off to Eco Mattress, Dublin 11 or Ballymount Civic Amenity Site Dublin 20. There maybe a cost for collection and or recycling so please call the site in advance.

If you have a local resident association please do contact us. Our team will record your interest and hopefully we can work with your group to arrange a collection event for your estate later in 2021.

Recycle IT and South Dublin County Council worked with Eco Mattress Recycling to ensure safe recycling and material recovery during this initiative.

Just to note – mattress must be ready for collection outside homes. Our teams can’t enter home or apartments at present.

For further information please call 01 4578321 or email Recycle IT here