Mattress Recycling – South Dublin 2022

Some Facts

According to European Bedding Industry Association, up to 30 million mattresses annually reach their end of life and it is estimated that 60% end up in landfill and 40% are incinerated. However, it is reported that almost 85% of their mass can be recycled through proper disassembly.

The Sleep Council recommends you replace your mattress every seven years because after that time it will have been subjected to more than 20,000 hours of use or 2,555 nights of sleep. When you consider that adults lose an average of half a pint of fluid each night, and shed a pound of dead skin cells each year it might well be the right decision.

Standard Single and Double Mattresses

Replacing your Mattress

When it comes to buying a replacement mattress the cost can range anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand euros, so you probably don’t want to spend much money to dispose of your old mattress. On top of that many households struggle with how best to dispose of old and unwanted mattresses.

Your local civic amenity site usually accepts old mattresses for recycling, but getting the mattress to the location can be a challenge in terms of time and cost. You’ll also need a vehicle big enough to fit a mattress.

If you have a car but your boot is too small to fit the mattress when flat, you might find that it fits if you roll the mattress up and fasten it with rope. This effort usually takes 2 people. You might also use a van to get your mattress to the civic amenity site/mattress recycling centre.

Mattress Collection Event – Recycling for Reuse

Mattress Recycling for Reuse

When you hand over your old mattress for recycling it will make its way to the specialist, mattress recycling facility in Ireland where most of the breakdown and separation work is done by hand. You will see the general steps in the below table.

Mattress materialHow it is recycledWhat it is recycled into
Metal springs removedShipped and melted down for reuseConstruction / metal manufacturing material
Foam padding separated Extracted/cleaned for reuseFurniture stuffing, pillows, and carpet underlay
Spilt natural fibres (i.e. wool & cotton)Washed and spun into new fibresInsulation, new yarn, or other recycled textiles
Detach outer fabricStripped from mattress and shredded downLow-grade fabric, refuse-derived fuel (renewable energy)

Free Mattress Recycling

To help, Recycle IT offers a simple, convenient, sustainable and free solution over a number of weeks each year

This year the Household Mattress Recycling Amnesty will start on Monday, Aug 29th 2022. The drop-off location is Recycle IT, 14/2 Crag Terrace, Clondalkin Industrial Estate, D22 TK37. Householders can drop off Monday to Friday between 8.30am – 3pm.

Our facility will also open on four Saturdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm including Saturday, Sept 17th Sept 24th, Oct 1st, and Oct 8th, 2022.

Due to demand, we have been able to extend the free drop off until Fri Oct 14th 2022.

The last day for this Household Mattress Recycling Amnesty is now Friday, Oct 14th 2022 at 2pm.

This Mattress Recycling Amnesty is for householders only and is not open to business.

Help will be on hand to lift and move old mattresses from cars and vans to the mattress recycling colleciton point. We will also be open on a number of Saturday mornings (dates to be confirmed).

Upcoming Mattress Recycling Events in the Community

  • 13th  September 2022 – AGP0 (Lucan Harriers) Car Park, Newcastle Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin
  • 15th September 2022 – Rathcoole Community Centre Car Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
  • 21st September 2022 – Tymon Park Car Park, Castletymon Road, Dublin 24
  • 29th September 2022– Killinarden Community Centre Car Park, Killinarden, Dublin 24
  •  5th October 2022 – Tymon Park Car Park, Limekiln Road, Dublin 12

All collections will take place between 9:30am and 12:00pm

Recycle IT Collection Van

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing recycling collection and drop-off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Dormant Accounts Fund, Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

For further details about our free and cost-effective services call us on 01 4578321, email or visit the Recycle IT website at

Mattress Recycling in 2021

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