Trash Transfer Station

The Teton County Trash Transfer Station will begin offering mattress recycling on Dec. 6.

Looking at making the move to a bigger, more comfortable mattress? Now you won’t have to just scrap your old mattress and box spring.

Starting Dec. 6, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling is introducing a new mattress and box spring recycling program.

People can still dispose of mattresses and box springs at the Trash Transfer Station, 5400 U.S. Hwy. 89, but now they will be recycled, rather than ending up in a landfill. The mattress recycling program is part of a larger effort adopted by Teton County and the Town of Jackson in 2014 and 2015, respectively, to divert 60% of the county’s waste from the landfill by 2030, according to a press release from Teton County ISWR.

The hours to drop off former rest nests are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the release states. There is a tipping fee of $26 each for mattresses and box springs.

Millions of mattresses end up in landfills every year, according to the release, and they pose a number of challenges for landfills. Among those challenges: They don’t compact, they take up space, and they create flammable air pockets that can lead to landfill fires. Mattresses also take decades to decompose, the release states.

Teton County is partnering with Spring Back Utah Mattress Recycling to deconstruct mattresses and reuse as much as 95% of the materials. Foam and pillow top layers will be rebounded into carpet padding. Steel will be melted at a foundry in Utah and made into rebar for use in the construction industry. Wood will be repurposed into landscape mulch, biomass fuel or new wood products. Cotton will go into “green” home insulation while felt will be used to make moving blankets, according to Teton County ISWR.

Such programs are already underway in other states, and the coronavirus pandemic has put some spring into recycling beds. In Connecticut, which started a statewide program in 2015, the number of old mattresses being recycled jumped 12% from the previous year, according to Connecticut Public Radio station WNPR.

“I think people are home and cleaning out sections of the house they hadn’t cleaned out before, so I think that contributed to it,” Daniel McGowan, with the Mattress Recycling Council, explained in October, according to WNPR reporter Patrick Skahill.

For information about the program, contact ISWR at 733-7678 or online at TetonCountyWY.gov/recycle.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please note: Online comments may also run in our print publications.
Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Please turn off your CAPS LOCK.
No personal attacks. Discuss issues & opinions rather than denigrating someone with an opposing view.
No political attacks. Refrain from using negative slang when identifying political parties.
Be truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be proactive. Use the “Report” link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts or history behind an article.
Use your real name: Anonymous commenting is not allowed.
.
The News&Guide welcomes comments from our paid subscribers. Tell us what you think. Thanks for engaging in the conversation!

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.