Mattress toppers last about 3 to 5 years. And when it’s time for yours to retire, it’s good to have options on how to dispose of or recycle your old mattress or mattress topper. Australia has around 1.25 million mattresses sent to the landfill each year. That’s a lot of rubbish!
Some mattress toppers are also made of toxic materials like flame retardants, formaldehyde, and phthalates which can be harmful to the environment. When they decompose, they can also release hydrogen cyanide, isocyanates, etc. which can easily contaminate soil and groundwater. So it’s actually quite dangerous to your community when you dispose of your mattress topper irresponsibly.
Before you think about chucking your old mattress topper in the bin, consider these 10 ways to recycle old foam mattress toppers.
Recycle Foam Mattress Topper
1. Gift your mattress topper to a friend or family member.
Let your friends and family know that your old mattress topper is up for grabs. It never hurts to ask and it’s such an easy and quick way to get your item off your hands fast.
2. Donate your mattress to local charity organizations.
Call your local charity, like Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity, to check if they accept old mattress toppers. Donating can be a cheap way to improve beddings at homeless shelters or spruce up an old couch or seating area.
3. Drop your mattress topper off at a recycling center.
Get in touch with your local council to see if they have a services for recycling mattresses. They should be able to collect your mattress for recycling or you can drop off at their location.
If they don’t offer these services, you can also check with local recycling centers. A social enterprise called “Soft Landing”, offers mattress recycling services across NSW, ACT, VIC and WA. Another company, SUEZ, offers mattress recycling in the Sydney, NSW area.
4. Contact your mattress topper's manufacturer and ask about a recycling program.
Most manufacturers offer recycling programs for used mattresses and mattress toppers. Just give them a class and they should be able to get it off your hands. This is a great time to shop for a new mattress at their store as well.
Repurposing Mattress Toppers
Instead of throwing away your mattress topper, why not repurpose them? If you enjoy making DIY projects, this is the best time to put your creative mind (and hands) to work. Here are a few ideas to start you off, but feel free to do your own thing!
5. Create pet beds for your dog or cat.
No need to purchase a new pet bed. Try making your own using your mattress topper. You can cut it up in a smaller size to fit your furry baby. Then, pile them up together to make it fluffier. It might also be a good idea to get some old clothes or fabric to crease a casing for it. Your pet will surely appreciate this eco-friendly bed!
6. Cut it up and make pillows or stuff saggy couch cushions.
Add new accent pillows on your couch or bed by turning your mattress topper into pillows. You’ll need to get a pillow case or couch cushion cover and measure out the dimensions. Once it’s all fitted, you’ll have soft pillows that look totally new.
7. Create a cushion topper for ottomans and footrests.
Another great way to add more comfort to your furniture is to recycle your mattress topper as cushioning for ottomans and footrests. Imagine going home from work and settling down on your couch to watch a movie with your leg up on a soft footrest. Nice!
8. Use your memory foam as a bean bag chair stuffing alternative.
A bean bag is just like a big pillow, right? Cut up your mattress topper into tiny little pieces and use it to re-stuff your old beanbag. This will add another layer of comfort to a sagging bean bag.
9. Create lumbar support pillows for vehicles and desk chairs.
This will depend on where you’d like more support. For example, you can cut up some of the memory foam into long pieces which you can attach to the armrest of your chair. Or you can cut up a block to put on the neck area as a neck pillow or lower back area of your car seat for more support there.
10. Use it for outdoor daybed, garden benches, or for Camping
Putting pillows or foam beds outdoors can be quite daunting because of weather changes. The good news is, there’s no guilt in using an old mattress topper as an outdoor daybed or cushioning for your garden bench. You can even use it as padding under sleeping bags so you can have comfort and elevation from the soil.
Don’t carelessly throw away your mattress topper in the bin. Be responsible for your rubbish. Afterall, disposing of your mattress pad is really easy and can also be really fun! Not to mention all of the environmental benefits you can bring to your home and community.