Mattress Disposal Challenges in the U.S.
Waste transfer stations have difficulties handling mattresses due to intense labor and equipment requirements needed to separate these items. The higher the cost to handle, the more the public pays.
Landfills have limited land expansion. Each mattress takes up 23 cubic feet of valuable landfill space.
Most charities do not accept donations of old mattresses or large furniture from the public.
When local governments spend money to deal with these items other than normal types of garbage, these costs are eventually passed onto the communities.
Most mattress retailers market a “take back” program as an incentive for customers to buy new products. These exchange programs translate to truckloads of solid waste headed for the landfills.