That first night sleeping on your brand new mattress is amazing. But you might be wondering what to do with your old one? If you want to do your bit for the environment, choosing to recycle to your mattress will make a difference. Over 10 million mattresses in the UK end up in landfill sites each year. With mattress recycling services becoming widely available and affordable, there's more reason than ever to choose to recycle than ever.
How to dispose of a mattress in the UK?
There are a few options for mattress disposal, including:
- Collected by the local council
- Taken to the local tip (refuse centre)
- Mattress recycling
- Collection by the company delivering the new mattress
Recycling your mattress has become widely available in recent years. It's also equally affordable as a collection service that will take it to landfill. When ordering a new mattress, check to see if the supplier offers a recycling service. Choosing to recycle your old mattress will prevent it from ending up in a landfill and damaging the environment.
When you buy a mattress, do they take the old one?
To take the worry out of mattress disposal for our customers, we offer a recycling scheme at MattressNextDay. When you buy one of our mattresses, we offer the option to take your old one away and properly recycle the materials for a low cost. There's no need to pack it away in a specific way, just make sure we can access it easily and we'll do the rest.
We also offer a room of your choice delivery which is perfect if you live alone or have limited mobility. No need to worry about carrying mattresses up and downstairs, we can do all of that for you for an affordable price. You can also combine the recycling and room of your choice options. This would allow us to deliver your new mattress right to your bed and take the other one away at the same time. Taking all the fuss out of your new mattress purchase you have more time to enjoy it.
How much does mattress recycling cost?
Mattress recycling costs can vary a lot depending on where you live. It's up to the local council or the business offering the recycling service to determine the cost. Because of this, there is no flat rate for recycling but you can always shop around for the most affordable rate. Here at MattressNextDay, we can recycle your mattress for as little as £39.95* when you order a new mattress with us. We will take your old mattress away to be reprocessed and recycled, whilst delivering your new one. It's a quick, hassle-free service that will leave you with peace of mind that your old mattress won't negatively affect the environment. (*prices are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change).
How are mattresses recycled?
During the recycling process, mattresses are broken down and assessed for reusable parts. How much of your mattress will be recycled depends on the type and quality of the mattress at the time of recycling. During the dismantling process, each mattress component is separated into large bales. These bales are then sent to the relevant recycling destinations to get ready to be re-used. Some mattress materials are unable to be recycled. Occasionally, the covers and fillings can't be re-used. These parts will be disposed of in refuse sites. Mattresses made using natural materials like latex and wool tend to best for complete recycling. However, all mattresses have parts that are able to be re-used so it's always beneficial to opt for recycling rather than sending the mattress to landfill.