Bulky, heavy and tough to handle, mattresses and box springs are now recyclable in the Capital Region, thanks to the success of a recent CRD pilot program and Ellice Recycling.
How do I go green?
Instead of purchasing a new mattress, which uses valuable timber and can be hard on the environment to produce and transport, consider buying a mattress pad to increase the lifespan of your old bed.
Purchasing new? Go for a bed that’s environmentally friendly. There are many brands that offer mattresses made from organic and non-toxic materials such as wool, latex, soy based foam and surface coverings made from natural materials. These are easier on the environment to produce and may be healthier for you and your family in the long term.
Used mattresses and box springs in good condition can be offered to friends and family, on Freecycle, Craigslist or Used Victoria.
Hartland Landfill, working in partnership with Ellice Recycling, is now offering a mattress diversion program. Mattresses go into a designated mattress bin the the garbage bin area. Mattresses and box springs are collected and sent to Ellice, where they are disassembled and recycled. Mattresses and box springs can also be brought directly to Ellice for a fee.
Enter at 524 David Street
Hartland Refuse Bin Area
#1 Hartland Avenue
The Environmental Story
Mattresses and box springs are generally of a wood frame, springs and a covering of cloth and foam. Many conventional mattresses may also be toxic to human health, as they contain chemical flame proofing, and polyurethane foam, which can break down and emit dust into the air you breathe. Many of the materials used to make mattresses and box springs are recyclable, which makes them a bad candidate for landfills and a great resource in the rough.
Questions? Call the CRD Hotline.
We can answer your questions on the Hartland landfill, composting, household hazardous waste, recycling and more!
toll-free: 1.800.663.4425 #3030
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