The break down

Mattress recycling ratesWhat makes a mattress?

A mattress is a large, rectangular pad for supporting the reclining body, designed to be used as a bed or on a bed frame, as part of a bed . Mattresses may consist of a quilted or similarly fastened case, usually of heavy cloth, that contains hair, straw, cotton, foam rubber, etc., or a framework of metal springs. Mattresses may also be filled with air or water.

Nowadays there are stiffer laws on what can go into a mattress as seen in pie chart, all that goes into the mattresses are now fire retardant so the materials are a lot safer to use 

Metal- is used within the u.k and is melted down and turned into many different items from kettles to planes

Foam-This is broken down and  reused as carpet underlay  

Shoddy-This material is reused as soundproofing for the automotive trade

poly-this material is used in equestrian flooring

Mixed textile-Is used as an RDF  so is a source for the power of your home

Mattresses are usually placed on top of a bed base which may be solid, as in the case of a platform bed, or elastic, e.g. with an upholstered wood and wire box spring or a slatted foundation. Popular in Europe, a divan incorporates both mattress and foundation in a single upholstered, footed unit. Divans have at least one innerspring layer as well as cushioning materials. They may be supplied with a secondary mattress and/or a removable "topper." Mattresses may also be filled with air or water, or a variety of natural fibres, such as in futons.

Which parts of the mattress are recycled?

AAT RECYCLING LTD strive to reuse or recycle all of the mattress components, a break down of an average mattress can be seen in the pie chart.

  • 167,000 tonnes of mattresses go to landfill each year !



  • The average mattresses take up to 23cubic feet of landfill space.



  • Over the last two years mattress recycling has declined.



  • Councils are responsible for up to 70% of U.K mattresses going to landfill each year.



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