We all love the feeling of a new mattress, as well as knowing you’ll be having a better night’s sleep.
However, the most difficult part about getting a new mattress, may be getting rid of your old one. The thought of transporting a big, heavy piece of furniture to a disposal is hard, you might even consider lugging it away in a spare room or throwing it out onto the kerbside for collection.
Today, mattresses are unfortunately one of the most common items sent to landfills despite 90% of their makeup being reusable. There aren’t enough sustainable solutions for homeowners to rely on.
This adds to Australia’s mattress waste crisis, with more than 6.2 million tonnes of mattress waste ending up in landfills each year. By recycling our old mattresses, we can reduce unnecessary waste by repurposing the finite resources and avoid this environmental nightmare.
Conserve valuable space by repurposing materials
300,000 mattresses are sent to landfill each year in Victoria alone. This is equivalent to roughly 600,000 meters of waste in landfills. They contribute to the production of methane, greenhouse gas, and climate change as a result. We have seen several countries dealing with the aftermath of overflowing landfills by expanding in oceans, wilderness regions, and other unsafe areas, none of which are viable for the sustainability of the planet.
We need to actively repurpose, reuse and recycle the materials we already have. By reducing the need to build more items and tools will only accelerate the accumulation of toxic landfills.
We’re wasting the finite amount of resources we have
Metals, plastics, and fossil fuels are all examples of resources that will run out. This is why it simply does not make sense for them to end up in the last option of the waste hierarchy. It not only depletes resources and releases greenhouse gases, but means companies need to find and create more to resell their products and make profit. Instead of reusing assets, companies extract more through mining, refining, and manufacturing which contributes more harmful emissions than the entire domestic economy together.
To address the alarming issue of landfill overproduction and accumulation of waste, effective systems must be put into place to recycle old materials and reduce waste as a whole.
Make conscious decisions to reduce the amount of landfill
Reduce the need to build more and take up valuable space-conserving our resources and pollution. We can make some conscious decisions that help maintain some of the energy that goes into making products instead of illegally dumping, and leaving them ending up in landfill where it is completely lost.
We can do this by:
- Donating an old mattress
- Using Recycling Facilities
- Choosing an Environmentally-Friendly Mattress.
- Using for the entirety of its lifespan.
Mattress Recycling with Ecoactiv
Ecoactiv believes in giving pre-loved items a new life whether that is by donating or ethically recycling to save them from landfills. This is why we have created a mattress recycling program, to do our part in protecting the environment.
Materials such as foam, steel spring, and metal can be found in old mattresses in which 90% can be reused, lessening the need from extracting new materials.
You can now ensure your mattress is recycled responsibly with Ecoactiv’s Mattress Recycling Service. A fast and reliable solution for commercial businesses and homeowners to have their old mattresses recycled from their doorstep.
You can book your collection from the comfort of your home, simply
- Head to ecoactiv.com.au and select the type of mattress you want to recycle
- Book a time that suits you
- Have your mattress collected from your doorstep
- Your mattress will be sent to an Australian facility and will be recycled all on-shore
Communities around the world are losing habitats, land, and houses. Our sources of fresh food, water, and air are dwindling. It is more important now than ever to take this issue seriously.
Head to: ecoactiv.com.au to start your collection today.
Available in Melbourne Metro only.