If you are eco conscious consumer in the market for a mattress topper, one of the most important questions you might have is "how do I dispose of a mattress topper?" and "can a mattress topper be recycled?" Short answer is yes to both and here are the ways you can go about recycling or upcycling your mattress topper.
Do not leave on curbside!
First, you need to be aware that mattress toppers, especially memory foam, cannot be recycled at regular curb side recycling. Many mattress toppers are made from materials that can take up to 1000 years to decompose. However, they can be recycled if you take your mattress topper to one of many municipal recycling facilities. There is a good chance that the facility will accept them and most provide bins for scrap foam and other materials.
Upcycle your old mattress topper
Bedding Stewardship is a great Australian business who keeps an update to list of companies that recycle mattresses and toppers.
You can also make use of your old mattress topper in many ways. Here are a few examples of how you can upcycle your old mattress topper.
- Turning it into a dog bed. Dog bed mattress toppers are a great way for you and your pet to rest comfortably at night.
- If you have an old memory foam topper, you can cut the foam up into small pieces and make cushions.
- Lumbar support pillows for offices
- Bean bags
- Camping mattress or topper
The possibilities are endless!
If you are among the many people around Australia who have an old mattress topper. Please don't throw it away! Try recycling the old one or if that is not possible, try upcycling it into something you will love using. If you do this, you will be doing your part in keeping our planet green and helping others!
If you want to learn more about mattress toppers, then you will also like our blog on whether you can use a mattress topper as a mattress.