Beginning November 1, 2022, Bay Staters will no longer be allowed to throw their old mattresses or textile items in the garbage. Instead, the new Massachusetts State regulations impose recycling or donating these for reuse.
It’s not just mattresses — the prohibition also applies to all things textiles like bedding, towels, curtains, and even clothes and footwear!
Since waste sites will no longer accept beds in reasonably good condition, the only option the owners will be left with beginning Tuesday is turning to services for recycling or donating beds, which also means accepting the fees that go with these.
On the other hand, any beds and textiles infested with molds and bugs or soiled with bodily fluids and hazardous substances can still be disposed of in the State’s landfills.
This new Massachusetts State code was approved last year as an eco-friendly measure that will boost reuse as opposed to trash production. Even though recycling waste is costlier than throwing it in landfills, according to EPA, reusing mattresses will save trash processing incinerators from damage.
As per US Environmentalists, more than 75% of a mattress can be recycled to make a wide range of other objects, and the numbers aren’t insignificant — annually, over 600,000 mattresses and box springs get discarded.
The challenge citizens are facing now is recognizing what counts as a bed and which mattresses are fit to be given away.
Obviously, mattress toppers, slipping bags, and folding sofas are not in the “bed” category, and all those that are soiled and with structural damage are not eligible to be donated. However, well-preserved mattresses are the perfect candidates for donation.