Why recycle your mattress?
In Victoria, over 300,000 mattresses are sent to landfill every year, equating to over 5,700 per week. This is truly a waste, since mattresses are made of valuable materials, most of which are recyclable. Dispose of your mattress correctly to:
- minimise the amount of raw materials extracted from the environment
- minimise air and water pollution as a result of the extraction and processing of raw materials
- reduce landfill.
How to recycle your mattress
Most councils in Melbourne provide mattress collection services to residents as part of their hard rubbish collection. Use our easy council search to find out about your council's waste and recycling services. Some private providers may also come and collect an old mattress from you to be recycled or re-used.
What happens to recycled mattresses?
An average mattress contains 12.5kg of steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5kg of foam. These components are separated for recycling, in the process diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year.