The sad and humble mattresses have become the most commonly dumped items. There are about 1.25 million mattresses sent to landfill each year in Sydney alone, and audits of Council’s Cleanup service identify them as one of the most popular rubbish collection items.
The average mattress in a landfill takes up to 0.75 cubic meters of space and contains 12.5 kg of steel, 2 kg of wood and 1.5 kg of foam.
An average fee of $60/mattress is in place at landfills across Sydney. Most people dispose of a mattress every 6-8 years. So, do the Math! Without recycling it is costing local councils and the community more than 70 million dollars every year!
So why recycle?
Recycling reduces costs to local councils and the community at large, apart from that mattresses do not compact well, which is why Sydney rubbish tips have a problem with them.
Most mattress components can be easily recycled and the markets for foam, steel and timber have been well established.
Take Your Rubbish Sydney Pty. Ltd understands that there should be proper waste management methods and has a whole division dedicated to the processing and recycling of mattresses. The components of each mattress once stripped down can be sent to local facilities for further processing.