The Mattress Disposal Problem & Our Commitment to a Solution.
We've all seen them. The sad, dingy mattresses on the side of the road. Have you ever stopped to wonder why there are so many? If you've ever needed to dispose of an old or unwanted bed, you likely know the answer: it can be extremely difficult to find a place that will take your old mattress.
Your garbage men won't pick them up. Your local thrift stores have policies preventing mattress donations. The only viable option for most people is to attempt to take their former bed to a landfill, which may cost money and will require a suitable vehicle. Even then, people may be surprised to find that their landfill won't take their mattress (a growing number have started rejecting mattresses because they are bulky, hard to crush, and tend to jam machinery). Left with few options, many people end up leaving their mattresses on the side of the road because they simply don't want or know how to deal with it.
If the problem isn't yet apparent, here are some staggering statistics for you. According to an article in Bed Times Magazine, an estimated 20 million mattresses are hauled away from homes and hotels every single year. Put end-to-end, that is enough mattresses to circle the Earth at the equator.
We clearly have a big waste problem on our hands. Fortunately, a creative solution is on the horizon: recycling, tried and true. As described in the Bed Times article, there is growing movement advocating for mattress recycling, and a number of nonprofit and for-profit ventures popping up across the United States to transform those dingy mattresses into revenue and even create jobs in their local communities.
Here at Comfort Option, we are committed to being a part of the solution. We've proudly partnered with Spring Back Recycling in Nashville, TN and will remove and recycle any unwanted mattresses from your home with each local mattress purchase, free of charge.
If you're in the market for a new bed, we invite you to try ours. Whether it's our mattress customization program for our neighbors in the greater Indianapolis region or our Alpha mattress for customers nationwide, we seek to solve problems for you, the consumer. We believe there is a better way, and with better products and better service, we're confident that you'll be happy with the results.