Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling (ISWR) announced a new program beginning December 6 to recycle mattresses and box springs. Teton County and the Town of Jackson adopted Zero Waste Resolutions in 2014 and 2015. The intent of the resolution is to divert 60% of Teton County’s waste from the landfill by 2030. “60% diversion is an ambitious goal, and the new Mattress Recycling Program is an initiative on the road to zero waste to help our community reach that goal,” says ISWR
According to ISWR, Over 30 million mattresses are sent to landfills across the country each year. Bulky mattresses pose several challenges for landfills. They don’t compact, take up a lot of space, and create flammable air pockets resulting in countless landfill fires annually. Additionally, it takes decades for a mattress to decompose.
Teton County ISWR is partnering with Spring Back Utah Mattress Recycling. Spring Back will deconstruct each mattress resulting in 95% of the mattress being reused.