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10 Creative Uses for Old Mattresses


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Recycling Centers
A pile of mattresses wait to be sent through the recycling machine.
A pile of mattresses wait to be sent through the recycling machine.
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Although the number of mattresses that end up in landfills is enough to cause alarm, the fact that they are made up of at least 85 to 95 percent recyclable materials makes that statistic even worse [sources: St. Vincent de Paul]. The problem with recycling mattresses is most recycling centers won't take them. Only those specifically design for mattresses will. What's worse is only a handful of mattress recycling facilities will pick them up for you, and almost all of them charge you a fee (anywhere from $15 to $80) to take the mattress off your hands [source: Nine Lives]. If you're still interested in finding a recycling center near you, you can search by ZIP code at Earth911.com or view a list of centers in the United States and Canada on the International Sleep Products Associate Web site. Call before you take your mattress to any facility though, because many mattress recycling centers do not accept mattresses from the general public.


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