You've welcomed a new Sleeping Duck mattress into your life and are now feeling all the feels. Like the excitement of laying down and getting the best night's sleep ever.
But there's one thing standing between you and bedroom bliss – your old mattress. Perhaps you've just pushed it up against a wall, where it stands over you, accusingly. Or you've shoved into the spare bedroom to be used by visiting cousins.
Or maybe you've considered abandoning it on a nearby nature strip one night after dark to perhaps find it's way onto the (unofficial) Walthamstow Tourism Board mattresses that look like celebrities series.
While we're pleased you've picked up a Sleeping Duck mattress, we're also concerned with what happens to your cast off. So we've put together this guide to help you ditch that old mattress, tastefully.
First, let's start with some mattress facts.
Most people change their mattress about once every ten years. Each year in Australia around 1.25 million mattresses end up in landfill, while in the UK a staggering 20 million mattresses find their way to the dump.
And although this might seem like the right thing to do, there's a better option which allows your old mattress to live out a new life as something better.
Mattress On The Rebound
If your mattress is in good condition and is less than ten years old then you could pass it on along to someone else via freecycling networks like Freecycle or Gumtree.
But if your mattress has seen better days, the best thing you can do is send it off to be recycled.
The average mattress contains 12.5kg steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5kg of foam – which can all be turned into something useful.
The steel springs are sent to scrap metal merchants to be melted down, while the foam can be recycled into carpet underlay or padding for sports equipment, and the wood turned into woodchip.
Some councils offer hard rubbish collection services, including for things like a mattress, on a request basis or at certain times during the year. It's worth giving them a call first to see what's on offer.
If that's not an option, there are plenty of private collection companies who'll pick up your mattress for a fee and take it to be recycled.
In the UK, one of the cheapest is CollectYourOldBed.com, who operate nationwide and have fees starting from just £9.99. Whoever you choose, make sure you ask for their waste carrier license so you know everything is being done by the book.
In Australia, head to BusinessRecyling.com to search for a local mattress recycler near you. You'll find both drop off and collection services listed so you can decide what's right for you and your budget.
Sleeping Duck And The Environment
Your Sleeping Duck mattress has been tested for ten years of use, and comes with a ten-year warranty. Having to replace it less often means we reduce the demand for resources.
Our CertiPUR-US foam is good for you and the environment, having undergone independent, accredited testing to meet strict content, durability and emissions standards.
If you need to take advantage of our 100-night trial to return your mattress or swap out your comfort layer, Sleeping Duck will donate your returned mattress or topper to charity or professionally recycle each component if we can't donate it. This means even less waste and a better impact on the environment.
If you’ve got any other questions about your Sleeping Duck mattress, we’ve probably answered them on our FAQs page. Head on over to read more.