If you are replacing your mattress, you can take your old mattress to a recycling centre.

Mattresses are delivered to The Furniture Recycling Group in Bolton, where they are dismantled, ready to be recycled into something new.

Pile of mattresses at the recycling facility

Mattress recycling facts

  • 95% of the materials from mattresses are recycled and remaining 5% go to energy from waste.
  • Up to 1,000 mattresses are dismantled every day at the recycling facility in Bolton.
  • Up to 250,000 mattresses recycled a year.

The recycling process

1. Mattresses are collected from our recycling centres in Greater Manchester.

2. The mattresses are then delivered to the recycling facility.

3. Mattresses are dismantled by hand into 19 component parts.

This includes:

  • Cotton
  • Foam
  • Latex
  • Polycotton
  • Nylon
  • Steel

Mattress storage
Mattress foam
Material Mattress bales

4. The separated materials are then cleaned ready for processing

  • Pocket springs – separated into steel and polypropylene.
  • Steel springs and textiles are baled up ready for reprocessors.
  • Foam is reprocessed into new products in house.

5. The materials are made into new products such as:

  • New mattresses
  • Pet bedding
  • Car upholstery
  • Carpet underlay
  • Stab-proof vests


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