Have you ever really seen the insides of a mattress? Let us lay out the scene for you. Mattresses vary considerably in their construction but the centre (of most mattresses, not all) is a maze of wire coils tied together. Take a look at the springs below and try to envision them as a panel of fencing. They are actually quite beautifully crafted.
The coil beds are then covered with a thick felt of synthetic fibre and then covered possibly with layers of foam and then wrapped with a decorative, often quilted, synthetic material. The metal is recyclable by most landfills but they are unfortunately encased in synthetic fibres which will never break down so all goes to waste.
Mattresses cause considerable challenge for landfill operators as their very nature makes them impossible to compact. They often tear under the weight of the machinery and the wire often gets caught in the undercarriage or the equipment. Our project plan is to redirect more than 360 mattresses from municipal landfills in Bruce County to save the equivalent of 11,000 cubic feet of non-degradable landfill.
The time frame for the project is to start the reclamation process as soon as possible and deconstruction to occur between March 1 and May 1, 2012. We hope to have 4 teams of 12 (one team from each municipality) to participate in a deconstruction party on a given Saturday (date(s) to be determined). If you are interested in participating, please contact us!