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Mattress Collection and Recycling Locations

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Mattress recycling and disposal

It is estimated that upwards of 40 million mattresses with box springs are disposed in the U.S. each year1, with each piece taking up to 40 cubic feet of landfill space.

mattresses at the landfill
Used mattresses destined for landfill disposal.

King County's transfer stations and landfill received about 90,000 mattresses weighing more than 3000 tons for disposal in 2011.2 A California study external link calculated that the collection and recycling of all of the 4.2 million mattresses and box springs estimated to be thrown out annually in California would create roughly 1,000 jobs, while greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by between 130,000 and 190,000 metric tons (carbon dioxide equivalent).

According to estimates from the mattress industry's International Sleep Products AssociationDownload PDF 108 KB, landfills lose money when mattresses are landfilled because municipal solid waste compacts much more than mattresses.

In addition, Greater Vancouver Regional DistrictDownload PDF British Columbia, found that mattresses can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to long-haul vehicles and to transfer station and landfill equipment.

Alternatives to mattress disposal include recycling, charitable donation for reuse, and refurbishing for resale or donation. While recycling options are currently limited in the Pacific Northwest, there is great potential for recycling. Mattresses are made up of several recyclable materials, including polyurethane foam, cotton, wood and steel coils (see the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection external link for more on mattress components).

Several organizations in Washington State disassemble and recycle mattresses: Spring Back Mattress Recycling Northwest external link works in King and Pierce Counties and Arlington Recycle Warehouse external link works in Snohomish County. (Note that Correctional Industries, of the Washington State Department of Corrections, no longer recycles mattresses as of August 1, 2014, R5 Systems, Inc. went out of business in early 2014, and A Plus Removal and Recycling closed in late 2015.)

There are three mattress recyclers in the Vancouver, B.C. area and one in Eugene, Ore. (See mattress resources for more information.) In addition, Parklane Mattresses provides mattress collection and recycling through St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Ore., in the Portland-Vancouver, Wash. metropolitan area.

King County LinkUp mattress market development

To strengthen the mattress collection infrastructure and processing capacity in King County, LinkUp convened a Mattress Recycling Summit in Kent in December 2011, September 2014, and again in May 2017. In addition, LinkUp partnered with local businesses to form the Take it Back Network of mattress collection and recycling locations. For more on the Summit and LinkUp's activities, visit the mattress recycling project.

In the news

LinkUp's eNewsLink newsletter regularly highlights current events in mattress recycling, including the Fall 2013 and Spring 2012 issues.

Check back regularly for updated news and resources on mattress recycling in King County. For more information, contact us.

1 Rapoport, Irwin. December 2007. Mattress recycling in the United States growing external link .

2 King County. October 2012. 2011 King County Waste Characterization and Customer Survey Report.

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