Where does my old mattress go and what happens to it?

The old mattresses and/or box springs are dismantled into separate components (steel, foam and wood) and used to make new products.  Old mattresses or their components are never refurbished or reused in bedding again.  Mattresses will be transported by the City’s contracted hauler, BedShred.com, to a special facility in South Carolina called Nine Lives Recycling to undergo the unique mattress processing method.  

  1. STEEL that can be smelted down and made into new items like bicycle spokes;
  2. WOOD (from box springs) that can be used to construct new things like bookcases and shelves or for craft projects; and
  3. FOAM that can be repurposed into carpet padding and moving pads.

When all is said and done, the process leaves only 10% of each mattress being discarded as compacted waste, keeping 90% of the mattresses out of the landfill!

View pictures and more information about the mattress recycling process: https://bedshred.com/pages/bedshred-mattress-disposal-and-recycling-process

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1. What types of mattresses can be accepted for recycling?
2. Are there types of mattresses not accepted and what should I do with those?
3. Who can recycle their mattresses for free?
4. How do I prove I'm a resident at the drop off site?
5. What if I don't live in the City of Charleston and still want to recycle my mattress?
6. May I leave my mattress curbside on my weekly trash collection day?
7. Is it ok if I'm early or late to the drop off site or the designated hours don't work for me?
8. Can mattress retail stores bring old mattresses to the City's drop off site?
9. How do I recycle my old mattress or box spring?
10. Where does my old mattress go and what happens to it?
11. Why should I recycle my old mattress or box spring?
12. When does the program start and how long will it last?