Any hotel owner knows that mattresses don’t last forever. To
ensure guest comfort, they need to be replaced on a regular basis.
Where do Hotel Beds go?
Most mattresses end up at the dump. An estimated 50,000
mattresses end up in landfills every day, according to the Mattress Recycling
Council. “Getting rid of mattresses in a responsible way isn’t easy,” says the
President of International Sleep Products. Most landfills don’t want old
mattresses because they take up a lot of space, are difficult to crush, and
often jam machinery.
However, there are third parties that will buy used bedding
from retailers. This may be an effortless way of getting rid of old mattresses,
but there are several disadvantages that come with this process. Most of these
renovators just sew a cover over a used mattress, making no effort to properly
sterilize the bedding, and then deceive customers into thinking they’re getting
a brand-new mattress.
The solution is to recycle old mattresses, which is a
responsible way of disposing of used bedding and also conserves resources. The
Hilton hotel chain began recycling mattresses in 2012, and since 2015 the
program has kept nearly 1 million pounds of waste out of landfills. 95% of each
mattress, box spring and bed frame recycled by Hilton are turned into new
During 2017, Hilton did a hotel-wide mattress recycling at
their property in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. This resulted in 2,725 mattresses
and box springs being recycled within a month, which also stopped a total of
187,230 pounds of waste from entering landfills.
How can recycling a hotel mattress help?
Recycling hotel mattresses can produce new materials in
several diverse ways, USA Today says. Soft commodities such as foam and fiber
are turned into carpet padding, pet bedding, insulation, pillow stuffing, mats,
and oil filters. Metal and box springs are sold to steel mills where they are
used in tools, construction materials, and car parts. Cotton is recycled to make
linen papers and oil spill containment. Recycled wood is used to make flooring,
wood pallets, mulch, compost, and pressed wood.
“You never know, you could be walking on a floor or sitting
in a car made with parts of a mattress from a Hilton property you once stayed
at,” says Randy Gaines, Hilton executive.
Not only is recycling hotel mattresses good for the
environment, it is good for a hotels budget. Since landfills are taking less
and increasing their prices, it’s becoming less expensive to recycle.
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