Mattress Recycling Design Competition

October 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm 2 comments

One of the more annoying items found in every house or apartment to get of is the mattress and box spring when you go to replace them with your new ones.  It has always bothered me that even though the stores haul them away from your house they just put them straight into the local landfill.  This is a great waste of reusable raw materials.

However it cost money to recycle these items as the salvaged material is not as valuable as the labor it costs to recover them.  As an example here is a site that recycles the mattresses and you have to arrange an appointment and pay a fee for the mattress to be put in the program. Bed Busters:

Here is a great article courtesy of the Environmental News Network: (

This article goes through the general state of mattress recycling.

Excerpt: “Usually when people think of recycling, they think of smiling trash cans eagerly welcoming happy bottles and cans. However, most people don’t really think about mattresses. With a number of major landfills starting to run out of space, discarded mattresses have been a thorn in the side of landfill operators. How big of a thorn? A single mattress can take up to 23 cubic feet of space. Over the past few years, the concept of mattress recycling has begun to gain traction. There have been a number of drivers towards mattress recycling, including legislation and the increasing burden that mattresses cause landfill operators.

Well now we have a design competition focused on coming up with ways to use these retired mattresses in efficient ways.  The competition is called Discarded Dreams and is in part hosted by Rubicon National Social Innovations and Architecture for Humanity.  The contest is only open until Dec. 5, 2008 so you had all better get designing.  The contest home page can be found here:

Excerpt: “Architecture for Humanity and Rubicon National Social Innovations invite entrants to create innovative ways of converting used mattresses into useful products.
The competition aims to encourage entrants to form groups capable of creating a consumer product, instructions detailing how to make the product, and a plan for production on a larger scale.
Entrants must create designs that take into account the volume of mattress waste generated each year.
Groups are encouraged to utilize local resources, including existing manufacturing facilities and other waste products.

Good luck to all of you on this and I for one will be watching to see what comes out!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mattresses Furniture  |  March 3, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Mattresses may seem innocent an all but they are made from tonnes of non-biodegradable materials and lots of chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. Can’t stress enough of the importance in recycling mattresses. It is also great to choose mattresses that are made from natural materials Mattresses Furniture

  • 2.  |  February 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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