By Matt Riggs, Solid Waste Management District outreach coordinator
Do you have a mattress that you no longer want or use? You now have options to recycle that old mattress in the Kansas City area.
The following organizations and businesses offer mattress and box spring recycling services:
- Avenue of Life — pick up and drop off.
- Courtney Ridge Landfill — drop-off only.
- Excelsior Springs Recycling Center – drop-off only
- Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park — drop-off only.
- Sleepyhead Beds — pick up only.
Mattresses damage landfill equipment and do not easily compress, taking up about 23 cubic feet of space each. Fortunately, mattresses are 100 percent recyclable. They are made of foam, polyester, cotton, metal, wood and shoddy (reclaimed wool fabric), all of which can be re-manufactured into other products.
When you recycle or donate your mattress you can support organizations that do more than keep mattresses out of landfills. Avenue of Life helps low-income individuals and families break the cycle of poverty by providing jobs to those with barriers to employment, and Sleepyhead Beds provides clean, recycled beds and bedding to children in need. These organizations have partnered with each other to make sure all mattresses they receive are donated back to families or recycled. Avenue of Life collects all mattresses recycled at Courtney Ridge Landfill, Excelsior Springs Recycling Center and Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park.
For more information, visit RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326.