CITY OF HOUSTON PARTNERS WITH THE HOUSTON
FURNITURE BANK TO RECYCLE MATTRESSES
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD), in partnership with The Houston Furniture Bank, has launched a pilot program to recycle mattresses. Instead of going to the landfill, mattresses dropped off at two of the City’s six Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Centers (depositories) will be delivered to The Houston Furniture Bank where the mattresses will be deconstructed and the materials recovered will be recycled into new products.
“Mattresses are made up of primarily recyclable materials, including polyurethane foam, cotton, wood and steel coils,” said Harry Hayes, SWMD Director. The City is committed to providing solutions for residents that want to recycle responsibly. Mattresses are a commodity that can be extracted from the waste stream and given a second life.”
Mattresses dropped off at the depositories located at 2240 Central Street and 5565 Kirkpatrick will be recycled. The service may be expanded to all six depositories at a later date.
Depositories are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Non-Daylight Savings Time. Residents may use the depositories four times per month. Citizens are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time to allow adequate time to unload. Each user must provide a Texas Driver's License or ID and a current utility bill or city property tax receipt as proof of residency.
The two containers used to house the mattresses were generously donated by BBVA Compass Bank to The Houston Furniture Bank.