Mattress Recycling – New Program

Mattress Recycling is now mandatory at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center

For the first time in the history of the Pitkin Solid Waste Center old mattresses are being accepted for recycling instead of burial in the landfill. In just one day several old mattresses arrive at the Pitkin County Landfill for burial and that causes big problems, according to Pitkin County Solid Waste Manager Cathy Hall.

Mattress Recycling

A stack of mattresses ready for breakdown while bales of foam material await markets.

The new mattress recycling initiative will not only help to extend the life of the landfill, it will solve a pesky problem mattresses getting tangled in compacting equipment when attempts are made to bury them.

“Landfill operators hate mattresses,” said Pitkin County Solid Waste Manager, Cathy Hall. “The operators have to compact and bury all garbage at the landfill. Mattresses have never compacted well because of their springy coils lurking just below the surface waiting to pop up and wrap around equipment axles, tracks, and wheels. They don’t go down without a fight,” Hall said.

In an effort to reduce waste from being buried in the landfill, and to help the landfill operations crew sleep better at night, the Pitkin Solid Waste Center has partnered with Spring Back Colorado, a mattress recycling operation in Denver.

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