Your mattress should last about ten years, according to chiropractors. If you buy your mattress from a home-furnishing store or mattress outlet they will usually take your discarded mattress and box spring, but there is no guarantee that they would not just ship it all off to a landfill. For anyone wanting to be environmentally friendly, mattress recycling poses a problem. Mattresses are the single greatest factor in pushing landfills to capacity,
Mattresses have chemical flame retardants, which are toxic not only to humans, but when dumped in a landfill, these chemicals can leach from the mattress and contaminate the environment through seepage into groundwater.
Unfortunately, there are only a few mattress recycling facilities in the U.S. that break mattresses into their composite parts; a mattress recycling factory can reuse 90% of the mattress. DR3 Mattress Recycling program that was founded by the Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Oregon, receives and processes more than 500 used mattresses ever