A Better Solution to Mattress Disposal

Our goal is simple – zero waste.

The problem

Occupying Space

Discarded mattresses occupy 132,000 square miles of landfill space and can take 120 years to decompose. The growing volume of waste in our country displaces farmland, green spaces, and recreational areas. There are better ways to use our open space than filling them with trash and hazardous waste.

Pollution

Landfills not only take up our valuable open space, but they also impact human health. The non-biodegradable synthetic foam and hazardous flame-retardant chemicals found in mattresses can leach into soil and drinking water creating serious health issues. Moreover, landfills significantly expand our carbon footprint.

Cost

The cost of discarding mattresses to landfills is not just to our health and safety. Because mattresses take up a disproportionate amount of landfill space and represent significant health hazards, they require additional equipment and labor. Industry experts estimate that the indirect cost of discarding mattresses to landfills is $20-$25 per mattress.
SOLVING THE SUSTAINABILITY PROBLEM

20 MILLION MATTRESSES

END UP IN LANDFILLS EACH YEAR.

550
,000

MATTRESSES
DISCARDED EVERY DAY

1320
,000

SQ MILES OF
LANDFILL EACH YEAR

7500
,000

TONS OF
MATERIAL EACH YEAR

NAMU'S INTEGRATED SYSTEM HAS SO FAR SAVED:

40
+ MILLION

MATTRESSES & BOX SPRINGS
FROM LANDFILLS

260
,400+

SQ MILES
OF LANDFILL

The time is right for upcycling

The solution

Recycling uses basic materials, like paper, plastic, or wood, taken from one or more products and re-processes them to provide raw materials for new and different products, usually of lesser value. Upcycling, on the other hand, gives items that are no longer in use a second life by transforming them, in their original form, into new products that typically have greater value than the originals. NAMU is a mattress upcycler.
NAMU deconstructs every mattress and box spring that it receives to identify, inspect, and process components to meet all health and safety standards so they can be re-used in new mattresses, e.g., steel coils, wood frames, and polyurethane, latex, and memory foam. Non-reusable components, like shoddy felt, cotton, and organic fibers, are separated and recycled. Our goal is zero waste. Additionally, NAMU offers a unique sustainability report detailing how your end-of-life bedding was sustainably managed, keeping 90% from landfill.
We have developed a team of manufacturing and recycling partners who have recognized NAMU as a dependable source of high-quality mattress and box spring components, and a consistent flow of recyclable materials. Each of these partners is an integral part of a “circular economy,” reusing and regenerating materials and products to reduce waste and minimize damage to our environment.
Any organization with a periodic need to dispose of used bedding – hotels, colleges and universities, retailers, etc. – will benefit from NAMU’s service. It is as easy as one phone call to have an empty NAMU trailer delivered to your location, and because NAMU harvests value from discarded bedding, in most cases the cost of removing the used beds is less than alternative services.
Our Manufacturing Partner

VARSITY GREEN

The holistic solution for college, university, and other dormitory mattresses

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