A mattress goes through a lot in the course of its useful years and at the end of that life it is important to dispose of it properly for a number of reasons. The first consideration is the environment. There are a variety of non bio degradable materials which are potentially harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Depending on the type of mattress we could have metal springs which if mostly made from petrochemicals and is extremely non bio degradable and could stay buried for thousands of years without decomposing. The second consideration is community. A mattress lying out in the streets or out in the fields is very unsightly. At some stage someone might have to dispose of the, mattress at some cost to them.
Various means exist of disposing of old and worn out mattresses. We have the option of self disposal. This does not mean simply tossing it out in the middle of a field. Depending on the local government authority there could be the option of taking the mattress up to a local dump or even calling up the local council to have it picked up. We could also call up specialist mattress disposal specialists to take it away. Although this option might be the most cash intensive short term, it actually is the least stressful for you and the disposer. With some furniture outlets, the retailer offers the option of taking away your old mattress as they deliver your new one.The mattress is then recycled by taking it apart and separating the components according to materials e.g. metal springs are stacked differently from the foam, etc. The metal springs are either crushed and melted down or sold off to a metal works that do the recycling. The foam is then chemically incinerated. This process involves the use of chemical reagents to ‘’burn’’ the foam into an environmentally neutral state.