10 Creative Uses for Old Mattresses


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Compost It
Both the wood frame and the stuffing of the mattress can be used to create a compost pile.
Both the wood frame and the stuffing of the mattress can be used to create a compost pile.
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Mattress recycling is a great way to make an effort to be green and help the environment. But you can take it a step further and use your mattress to help you compost. Both the wood frame and the stuffing of the mattress can be used to create a compost pile in your backyard. The wood slats of the frame can be repurposed to create the actual bin for the compost, while the foam padding or cotton stuffing can be used as a cover to protect the compost from the elements and to keep the pile warm, which accelerates the composting process. You can even use stuffing from your mattress as landscape fabric to keep weeds out of your garden, and the springs as trellises for climbing plants [source: Rainbow].

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