RUBBISH REMOVAL MELBOURNE
Responsible Waste Management Services
We’re often asked why mattress disposal costs so much. The fact is that properly disposing of old mattresses still poses a significant challenge for the recycling industry to meet. While mattresses do contain valuable materials worth reclaiming, the cost of processing is still quite high.
According to Sustainability Victoria, over 300,000 mattresses
are sent to landfill each year, amounting to over 5,700 per week in Victoria. There
are recycling initiatives however that are diverting a significant number of
old mattresses from landfill, refurbishing, manual dismantling or mechanical
separation to recover the steel. Approximately 332,000 mattresses are recycled
in Victoria each year through a mixture of private and municipal initiatives. Mattress
recycling capacity therefore accounts for a little over half of used mattresses
disposed of each year.
Expanding to meet the demand for mattress recycling is no
small task while the return on investing in recovering the steel remains low. The
only component of recyclable value from an old mattress is the steel springs. Separating
the textile material from the steel springs is labour intensive, even if
specialist plant equipment is available for mechanical separation. With scrap
stainless steel prices varying between $0.75 and $2.00 per kilo, it is a
significant challenge for mattress recycling businesses to overcome the costs
involved with processing.
When taking a load of rubbish to the local waste transfer
station, you’ll find that mattresses will be charged a separate fee of anywhere
from $35 to $65.00 each. Bed bases are charged separately, usually at the same
These fees are an obvious barrier for private rubbish
removalists to offer cheap mattress removal for their clients, making it
necessary to charge by the mattress like the transfer stations do.
Non-spring mattresses are generally charged slightly lower or
the same as spring mattresses. More isn’t better either, so bulk discounts are
Some people have chosen to toss their old mattresses on the street
or nearby vacant lots, showing regard for their fellow human beings and the
environment. Not only are used mattresses unsightly, they provide a cosy place
for rats and other pests to nest, creating a potential health hazard. Mattresses
can carry and breed disease and parasites, making them an item that is particularly
undesirable to handle. Although illegal, rubbish dumping is difficult to police.
If you see illegal dumping of mattresses or other rubbish occur, you can report
it to the EPA.
Depending on where you live in Victoria, you will either have
the option to leave your old mattress on your nature strip during a local
council annual hard rubbish collection period, or you can make an appointment
for an annual hard rubbish collection. This municipal service is paid for with
council rates paid by local property owners. Contact your local council
for specific details on their hard rubbish pickup service, which varies
depending on the council.
As explained earlier, just over half of mattresses sent to
waste transfer stations are recycled in 2019.
Yes we do. People often ask us
about mattresses and are curious as ty they cost so much to dispose of compared
to other types of rubbish.
It costs around $100 per mattress disposal by It’s Done Rubbish Removal. additional cost may be added for having to take the mattress down stairs or from other difficult to reach places. A discount may be negotiated for 5+ mattresses.
Get in touch if you have
one or more mattresses you’d like to get rid of.
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