Mattresses and Box Springs
We are Winnipeg’s first and ONLY Mattress Recycling Facility. The process for mattress recycling is to separate the fabrics, foam, metal and wood, to be recycled.
5 Steps on how you can recycle your old Mattress and Box Spring:
Step one: Quality of your Mattress
Is your mattress/boxspring “clean” and dry? If so… move to step two! If not, please contact 311 for a Bulk Waste pick up. We need to keep our facility free of insects and we cannot recycle wet mattresses (don’t leave them outside, they can grow mold faster than they can dry!) but we do know that all mattresses discolor and get dirty over time, that’s fine!
Step Two: Be Aware of the Recycling Fees
We charge $15 per piece to recycle mattresses and box springs. This is a standard price across Canada and the USA. The reason for this fee is because there are no environmental levy’s at the time of purchase on furniture (like those you see on pop bottles, electronics, tires, etc.) so we are left to collect the recycling fee at the end of use. We accept Cash, Credit and Debit.
If you do not want to proceed past Step Two, you can call 311 for a bulk waste pick up, where they will only charge you $10 per piece but your mattress will go into the landfill and live forever as your bed. They do not compact and the metal wreaks havoc on the machinery in the landfill. Over 30,000 mattresses a YEAR go into the landfill in WINNIPEG ALONE…. Don’t be one of those people… you are smarter than them!
You could also drive aaaaaalllll the way to the landfill to avoid fees… to find out you just spent an hour strapping those mattresses down and driving to the outskirts of the city, using how much gas and to find out that you too, have to pay a tipping fee at the land fill of…. $15 (minimum)! Don’t Waste your time! Call MER!
Step Three: Drop off or Pick up?
You made a good choice to keep going!
Drop Off: You can drop off yourself at 771 Main Street (loading doors at the rear of the building off Austin Street) Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. No appointment needed.
Pick Up: We offer a once a week residential pick up service at no additional fee (the recycling fee still applies) this service cannot guarantee a pick up time, only what day they will be picked up. We encourage anyone with the ability to drop off to do so, keeping this service available for those who do not have a vehicle or are not physically able to move a mattress. We ask that if you are not home for the pickup, that you bring the mattress outside that morning, not the night before.
If you would like to schedule a pick up at a more convenient time for you, there is a $50 pickup fee.
For pickups, you can call 204-942-7900 with your contact info, number of units and payment info.
Step Four: We Recycle your Mattress and Box Spring
We separate your units into fabric, foam, metal and wood. All of which can be recycled! This is a labour intensive process and we use this opportunity to train staff who face barriers to employment and help them get back into the workforce. All the materials make their way into secondary markets (foam into carpet underlay, metal into cans, wood into crafts or fire wood, and so on). At the end of the day, the only left overs are a few pieces of plastic corners off box springs and the occasional zipper!
Step Five: Give yourself a High Five for being Awesome to our Planet!
And spread the word about Mother Earth Recycling!