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Vanessa Brunner added this to Lose It: How to Get Rid of a Mattress
Recycle: When broken down properly, about 85 percent of a mattress can be recycled. At this point in time, mattress recycling is unfortunately not as easy as it should be. It takes quite a bit of time and effort to fully process and recycle the parts of a mattress, so only certain facilities will recycle them. Try going to Earth911.com to look up a mattress recycling center near you. If you're purchasing a new mattress, another option is to ask the store if they'll take the mattress off your hands. Of course, there's no guarantee as to what will happen to it, even if they promise that they recycle them. Mattress recycling facilities use each part of the mattress for different purposes. Cotton and cloth are usually used for clothing and fabric. Wood is typically sold to wood chippers or burnt for fuel. Foam padding (the average queen mattress has several pounds of foam in it) is recycled into carpet padding. Springs are usually melted down at a scrap metal facility.