Mattress waste is growing. In 2014 metropolitan councils (through kerbside collections, transfer stations and illegal dumping) collected around 232,000 mattresses – and as our population grows, it is expected that the number of discarded mattresses will continue to grow.
There are a range of mattress recycling processes ranging from refurbishment, manual dismantling coupled with mechanical separation, to mixed shredding that recovers steel – but these recycling methods are incomplete. Almost half of all mattress materials are still sent to landfill.
MWRRG sees opportunities to maximise the recycling of mattresses and has published a mattress recycling report to identify potential technologies and methodologies that could improve recycling rates (please see the report below)
Last updated: 20/05/2020