Mattresses are 85% Recyclable, Yet Most End Up in Landfills
Mattress recycling is a relatively new addition to our Nation’s recycling capabilities. Parklane Mattresses was one of the first to adopt this process, recognizing that recycling is the most eco-friendly way to dispose of old mattresses. Although many people think that handing down a used mattress is a responsible decision, we know the truth. Mattresses double in weight every eight years due to the normal accumulation of moisture, dead skin cells, dust mites, and other allergens and biological excretions. With that in mind, giving a used mattress to another sleeper is not a sanitary or altruistic gesture.
How Is a Mattress Recycled?
Not surprisingly, mattresses and foundations cause many problems in the world’s waste stream. They take up a lot of space in landfills, make flammable air pockets, damage compression equipment, and can create dangerous conditions for waste management workers. Still, if a mattress is broken down to its component parts, then about 85% of the contents can be recycled.
Recycling a mattress is relatively simple. First, mattresses and foundations are cut open and their components (e.g. cotton, foam, wood, and steel) are separated into corresponding groups. These materials are then baled and shipped out for recycling. DR3 Mattress Recycling is the world leader in mattress recycling, and one of their largest operations is in Eugene, Oregon. Parklane Mattresses is proud to work with a company that has established safe and sanitary working conditions for breaking down mattresses and foundations for component recycling.
Join Us in Making a Difference
Parklane Mattresses is a significant contributor to the DR3 Mattress Recycling facility in Eugene, Oregon. You too can take part in this eco-friendly process–it’s easy! Whether or not you purchase a new mattress from us, we are happy to recycle your old mattress and/or foundation. For a small fee of $30 per piece ($35 per piece if we are just recycling), which goes towards our cost for using the DR3 Mattress Recycling program and our operation time to pick up and deliver your old mattress, we can give you the peace of mind that you have disposed of your old mattress in the most responsible and health-conscious way possible.
Why Two Trucks?
At Parklane Mattresses, we like to be clean. That is why we have several delivery trucks that only transport used products. Your new Parklane mattress and foundation will never be in the same truck as used ones. We guarantee that our new mattresses and foundations are free of dust mites, bed bugs, and all other possible contaminants. Keep an eye out for our green recycling trucks, and don’t be surprised when we pull up to your doorstep in two trucks: one to pick up your old mattress set for recycling, and one to deliver your brand new Parklane. This is just one of the ways we set ourselves apart in the industry so you have a better shopping, purchasing, and now recycling experience.
If you want to participate in our recycling program, then simply let one of our sales associates know at the time of purchase. If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800-790-6422. Want to know more about mattress recycling? Then check out our blog, Behind the Seams, which features up-to-date facts on sleep and wellness topics.
Items We DO NOT Accept
- Headboards or Footboards of any kind (metal or wood)
- Hollywood frames or other metal bases, including Motion Bases
- Waterbeds, Sleep Number beds, Futons, bunkbeds, bed frames
- Fire damaged mattresses
- Mattresses that have more than 40% of the surface visibly wet (flood damaged mattresses and/or mattresses left out in the rain)
- Bed bug infested mattresses
*Our recycling service is only offered within 30 miles of our factory in Tualatin, Oregon*
**We will not accept mattresses or foundations that have bed bugs for recycling**