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How to Recycle a Mattress in DC? (Infographic)

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how to recycle mattress dc

(Infographic design by I.LA)

Do you live in the Greater Washington Area, and thinking about recycling your mattress? Did you know there are ZERO options to recycle your bed set in the DC Metropolitan area. STR8CRAY!

If you're interested in recycling you mattress in the Greater Washington area take our survey and email fortnegrita [at] gmail [dot]com and include "Recycle Mattress" in the subject box.  If you need to get rid of your mattress sooner please note that in your email.

Learn more about Bedcycle, a sustainable mattress recycling company being implemented in Washington DC and Atlanta, GA.

With DC's population showing slow growth in the pass year thanks to other cities bouncing back from the Great Recession, more people maybe headed out of DC in the next few years. Chances of them hauling that crappy mattress across the country are slim to none.

Goodwills in Greater Washington do not accept mattresses, and who can blame them. After 10 years, your mattress weighs 20 more pounds thanks to dead skin. DC is the 6th most bed bug-infested city in the US, so good luck with selling that bed set on Craigslist. Unlike California (and 19 other states) that has mattress recycling facilities, DC residents cannot recycle their mattresses locally. The only option for mattress disposal in the DC area is to send it to a trash dump.

(Don't worry I'm getting to the part about you recycling your mattress)


At a dump, mattresses are nothing more than a headache. They take up lots of space- 23 cubic feet to be exact- which is not worth it's space in gold. Landfills weigh material to determine cost and a single mattress is much lighter (less money) than a typical 23cu. feet of mass at a dump.

The equipment used at most recycling centers cannot crush mattresses because the material is too tough for the machinery.

Little do most know, mattresses are doused in fire-retardant chemicals when manufactured, which are released into the air when they sit in a dump under the sun.

Ninety percent of the material in a mattress can be recycled including foam, cotton, metal and wool shoddy.

With no options to recycle your mattress in DC, (Maryland or Virginia) and plenty of chemicals being emitted into the air thanks to the mattresses that already sit in the dump; it's time to make a conscious decision about getting rid of your mattress. Recycle your mattress!

Happy Recycling!


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