BedHead now taking drop-offs in Springfield
From the City:
Two City of Springfield recycling facilities will begin accepting mattresses and box springs beginning Friday, March 23.
Previously unavailable at Springfield recycling sites, mattress recycling services will now be offered at the City’s Lone Pine Avenue Recycling Center (3020 S. Lone Pine Avenue) and the Springfield Sanitary Landfill for a $15 fee per piece, regardless of size.
According to Cascade Alliance, a national leader in mattress recycling, Americans dispose of an estimated 20 million mattresses and box springs every year, and the vast majority end up in landfills or incinerators. Bulky mattresses are problematic for landfills: they take up a lot of space and create flammable air pockets, and the box springs get tangled in bulldozers, often damaging them. Mattresses contain nonbiodegradable synthetic foam and fibers, plus flame retardant chemicals.
“Mattresses are difficult to dispose of and often dumped,” explains Superintendent of Solid Waste Erick Roberts. “They are hard to handle in the landfills because they don’t compact well and they’re hard on machinery. We think offering a local mattress recycling option will be a great addition to our menu of public services and will help free up space in the landfill.”
Collection and processing will be provided via a new contract with BedHead Mattress Recycling. Mattresses will be transported to BedHead’s facility in Billings, then deconstructed. Components are processed, shipped and ultimately become raw materials utilized by a number of manufacturers in products such as construction materials, wood chip mulch and more.
Mattress Recycling Council redesigns website
We love the new design of the Mattress Recycling Council’s website, especially the “Why Recycle?” page which explains what happens to your mattress and box springs component parts, and some of the benefits doing so can bring to the economy as well as the environment. Check it out!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
BedHead Mattress and Carpet Pad Recycling wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day, and reminds you that there’s nothing more loving than taking care of our planet. Download the flyer below and give us a call — we’ll pick up one mattress or many for a minimal cost.
BedHead in the Springfield News-Leader
Last November the Springfield News-Leader featured BedHead Mattress Recycling in a print and online story. We appreciate the coverage and urge you to check out the article if you have questions about our services!
Connecticut recycling program saves $1.5 million in disposal cost
The impact of mattress recycling is more than environmental. Connecticut’s state program has saved $1.5 million in disposal costs according to a recent article from the Hartford Business Journal.
The main point:
Robert Klee, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the program has created jobs and saved municipalities $1.5 million in disposal costs. The program debuted in May of 2015 and issued its first annual report last week.
The program also has recovered more than 2,800 tons of steel, foam and other materials that will be made into new products and expanded the collection network to 101 free drop-off sites that more than 2.3 million residents across Connecticut can use, according to the report.
The Connecticut program is funded by a $9 fee issued by retailers at the time of sale of a new mattress or box springs.
BedHead Mattress Recycling in the news
We want to thank a couple of local media outlets for some wonderful coverage over the last month or two.
First, the Christian County Headliner News ran a story about BedHead in July with the headline “One mattress at a time.”
Then, the Springfield Business Journal shined a “Business Spotlight” on BedHead, entitled “Right side of the bed.”
We thank these publications and their readers, with terrific work and response. If you’d like to learn more, please e-mail us.
Buying a mattress online? Great! Now get rid of the old one.
Over the last couple of years, companies like Casper and Bed in a Box have exploded on the scene and upended the mattress market. High-quality mattresses can now be mailed directly to your home in a manageable box, typically with a lengthy warranty in case you don’t like it.
And while this is obviously a revolution in the mattress retail community, one old problem remains: What do you do with your old mattress? Your trash company will still charge you to come pick it up, and it will still probably wind up in a landfill where it will take up tons of space and remain for decades, flammable, underground.
Why not call BedHead Mattress and Carpet Pad Recycling? For a minimal fee we will come pick up your old mattress and recycle 80 percent of it. So you’re getting a lovely new mattress, saving money and doing the right thing… there’s no downside.
Consumer Reports explores ease, benefits of mattress recycling
In some of the best press mattress recycling has received in the last several months, trusted consumer advocate Consumer Reports, has published an article on the ease and benefits of mattress recycling that name checks both the Mattress Recycling Council and its Bye Bye Mattress program, which started up last month in Rhode Island.
Give it a read and share with others who care about the environment. As the article states, 80 percent of a mattress can be recycled.
What parts of a mattress can be recycled?
To be brief: Darn near all of it.
This graphic from the Mattress Recycling Council is illustrative of just how environmentally friendly mattress recycling is. Most importantly, we keep millions of pounds of large, flammable, non-biodegradable waste out of our landfills.
Contact us at (417) 824-8799 to schedule a pickup or inquire on fees.
Mattress recycling: By the numbers
35 to 40 million: New mattresses and box springs sold annual in the U.S. (ByeByeMattress.com)
15 to 20 million: Mattresses and box springs discarded annually. (ByeByeMattress.com)
50,000: The number of mattresses that wind up in landfills each and every day. (ByeByeMattress.com)
80%: Total portion of a mattress than can be recycled. (ByeByeMattress.com)
3: States where mattress recycling is mandatory (California, Connecticut, Rhode Island), meaning a fee is collected on every mattress sold to help fund a state-run program. (MattressRecyclingCouncil.org)
How do we do what we do?
By hand, and quickly.
Watch Terry completely disassemble a twin mattress in just less than four minutes.
Our goal in recycling mattresses and box springs is to provide a fully responsible alternative for refuse collectors, mattress retailers, governments, universities, hotels and homeowners to dispose of unwanted mattresses. Our hope is to provide the Midwest with an environmentally better place. We are committed to building a cleaner America for the citizens of our communities and the generations to come.
BedHeads Mattress Recycling is working with companies to prevent mattresses and box springs from entering landfills or trash dumps.
Did you know that:
1. Mattresses have a life span of about 10 years.
2. Mattresses have a compaction rate 400% less than regular garbage.
3. Recycling mattresses saves energy, reduces greenhouse gases and waste.