Think of all of the mattresses in one hotel or university dormitory and it’s not difficult to imagine the national problem of mattress disposal. It’s estimated that some 8,000 mattresses end up in landfills daily taking up a lot of precious space.
The problem is just beginning to get national attention as noted in this Oct. 4, 2012 article in the New York Times. Mattress recycling efforts are starting up in many areas the country but what will make these operations financially successful is compacting the steel so it can be efficiently transported it to a foundry to be sold as scrap.
“The inner spring is of the biggest value – that’s the meat you want to get out,” according to Ryan Trainer, executive vice president of the International Sleep Products Association. A typical mattress contains about 25 lbs. of steel but storing and transporting the steel without compressing it is very inefficient and most foundries have density requirements.