Learn more about Mattress Disposal in London
There are many companies that deal with mattress disposal in London either by processing mattresses themselves or by transporting mattresses to the appropriate materials recovery (MRF) facilities. Many waste companies that process mattresses also break them down by hand rather than machine to yield the highest amount of reusable materials, and while this increases the cost of treatment and the time it takes to extract and separate the materials, it is the most environmentally sustainable solution in the long term.
Mattresses take over 10 years to break down if they end up going into landfill, creating a huge problem for waste disposal sites as they take up valuable space. Most if not all the materials that mattresses are made from can also be recovered and recycled, so there is really no excuse for mattresses being disposed of in ways that damage the environment. Fly tipped mattresses also pose the extra risk of becoming a fire hazard if left outside for a long period of time. After the flame retardant chemicals have been worn away (which are also considered toxic) a mattress catching fire would release more harmful chemicals into the atmosphere and be detrimental to animals, humans, and the environment.
To avoid the risks associated with fly tipped mattresses, a few local authorities in London offer free and subsidised mattress recycling services for council tax paying residents. Most borough councils class mattresses as bulky waste items that are subject to a handling fee, although this is still charged competitively. The main drawback of the council mattress collections is the time it takes to collect the item, and the inflexible time slot allocations that require residents to be available for the mattress to be collected.
At Wayst we deliver a safe comprehensive and environmentally sustainable mattress disposal program through our trusted partner organisations, who can come and collect your mattress at a time that is convenient for you and guarantee that over 90% of all materials will be recycled. Our providers will transfer your mattress to local household waste and recycling centres or privately owned waste depots to begin the recycling process. Some organisations even carry out their own in-house mattress recycling and processing into raw materials such as metal, wood, and polyester which can then be baled and sold.
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