Ireland, we have a problem,

We have a KING SIZE problem!

When sent to a landfill, a mattress takes too much space and most of the materials are non-biodegradable causing soil and water contamination.

Mattress recycling and ethical disposal can benefit the environment, the economy and ensure we can live on a greener and healthier planet.

Our obligations as consumers

We all have a duty to help protect the environment to keep it clean for future generations. Recycling helps reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills. Mattresses & furniture are made of mostly recyclable materials and by processing and reusing these materials help us conserve natural resources.

Mattresses that end up in the landfill only start to decompose after 15 years, but elements such as polyurethane foam (PU) can take up to 100 years, and steel springs over 50 years to decompose. Recycling reduces the demand for landfill which helps protect our forests, rivers, lakes and wetlands, which are natural habitats for wildlife.

36.57B

Metric tons carbon dioxide emitted in 2019

1,000,000K

Years take a glass bottle to completely break down

60%

Of rubbish could be recycled

100

Years take a mattress to decompose fully

Up to 80% of a mattress can be recycled

Despite it looking dirty and old, many of the mattress materials are made from recycled and renewable materials and can be turned into useful items

Foam pading

Turned into carpet underlayment or animal bed padding

Wooden Frames

Shredded to produce landscaping mulch or burned as an alternative fuel source

Steel Springs

Recycled as metal scrap. Used to make new appliances and building materials

Cotton

Used in industrial oil filters and other textile applications