One of the most wasteful and expensive practices in the country is throwing used mattresses in the trash. Mattresses, which are large, bulky and costly to haul and dispose of, are typically sent to landfills or incinerators.
A growing trend is mattress recycling, in which mattresses are disassembled into useful parts that can be recycled and reused. Recognizing the many benefits of this practice, the Melrose Department of Public Works is holding its second mattress recycling event on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m.-noon at the DPW Operations Facility, 72 Tremont Street.
Any type of mattresses or box spring can be dropped off for free.
Up to 95 percent of mattress components – including metal, cotton and foam – are recyclable. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of mattresses are recycled annually. Melrose is among the first communities in the area to organize a mattress recycling event.
“This is an excellent opportunity to cut down on waste, reduce the amount of money we’re spending to haul these mattresses and also create recycling jobs,” says Ann Waitt, Assistant Director of Public Works. “Most people aren’t even aware that mattresses can be recycled and how much of the materials go to waste.”
“We’re hoping to get a good turnout on June 20 and start a trend here in Melrose.”
The mattresses and box springs collected at the event will be picked up and recycled by the Lowell-based United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), an organization that provides jobs and GED preparation classes for proven-risk youth. UTEC’s mission is to offer constructive opportunities for young people who might otherwise be involved with gangs, violence and illegal activities.For more information about UTEC’s mattress recycling program, click here to view their website.
“In addition to taking advantage of this new recycling option, you’ll be supporting a great youth program, the UTEC,” adds Waitt.
Also on June 20, DPW will be accepting the usual items that are collected at all events (besides Swap Day) include: CRT’s including televisions, monitors and lap tops ($10-$15), electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint and metal goods ($20). Recycling Center stickers and recycling label stickers will be available.
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