2. What happens to a
3. What is Mattress Recycling?
Recycled or Recycling:
includes collection, sorting,
marketing, processing, and
Materials into Recycled
Materials and Recycled
…“refurbishing”, which is less
restoring, or generally
improving the appearance,
functionality, or value of
the used product for reuse or
Source: www.swan.org T-0 definitions
4. Mattress Law
Wis. Stat. § 100.2095
(1) In this section, "bedding" means any mattress,
upholstered spring, comforter, pad, cushion or
pillow designed and manufactured for the purpose
of sleeping or reclining.
(4) No person in the business of selling
bedding may sell, offer for sale, consign for sale
or possess with intent to sell, offer for sale or
consign for sale any article of bedding if the article
of bedding contains any material that has been
used in any hospital or has been used by
or about any person having an
infectious or contagious disease.
(5) No person in the business of distributing
or selling bedding, with intent to distribute, sell,
offer for sale or consign for sale any article
of bedding, may represent that any
article of bedding, which contains material that has
been previously used in other bedding, is
manufactured of material that has not been
previously used in other bedding.
6. What’s the big deal with the resale
or refurbishing of mattresses?
MRSA (Super Bug)
7. Who Are the refurbishers?
The Department of Business Affairs
and Consumer Protection began
investigating mattress refurbishers and
stores that sell refurbished bedding
after many consumers
complained that recently
purchased mattresses were
infested with bedbugs.
The Department cited these
businesses (below) for
bedding they manufactured or sold.
Over 7 pages.
8. Thrift Store Mattresses
Buying a refurbished mattress can
be risky if the item hasn't been
carefully inspected and thoroughly
Bed bugs, urine and feces
stains, bodily fluids, food
particles, roaches, fleas and
bacteria could all be present
in a used mattress.
Weigh the risks against the benefits
when deciding to purchase a
refurbished mattress; if you have
small children or elderly people in
your home you might decide to go
ahead and spend the extra money
on a new mattress.
10. Used Mattress Ethics
1. Is it legal?
2. Is the consumer
3. Is the consumer
4. To the extent possible,
avoid arrangements with
11. What mattress recyclers fail?
Recycling mattresses for
less than 1 year
Are not making a
Loss of subsidized labor
or financial donors
Loss of key leadership
12. How to identify a legit recycler
with staying power?
Years in business as a business
Years recycling mattresses
Registered/listed mattress recycler
Active, not just a member, in relevant
Detail of relationship with
Landfills used and detail of usage
13. What does it cost to
“recycle” a mattress?
On 5/23/15 every Mattress
mattress recycler with a
website was searched for
pricing w/o transportation .
Mean price: $15/unit
14. More Mattress Math
37 Million mattresses
sold in the US every year
20 Million mattresses
discarded in the US
If $10 is collected for
every mattress sold in
the US, that would make
$18.50 available to
recycle every mattress
15. Mattress recycling wages
Living wage 2015 - $12.62
The bidder agrees to pay a
base wage of not less than
the City minimum hourly
Contractor agrees to offer
and provide benefits to
employees with domestic