Houston Furniture Bank is the best way to recycle your mattress.
Mattresses that are in great condition are given away to families in need.
Everything else is recycled!
Each year, the Mattress Recycling Center allows Houston Furniture Bank to…
Serve over 1,000 families
Mattresses that are in great condition are cleaned and given to the families we serve!
Recycle over 27,000 mattresses
In 2019, we recycled enough mattresses to cover 12 football fields!
Donate your mattress!
Drop Off At 8220 Mosley Rd
- 8am – 3pm, Monday – Saturday
- $10/piece helps us cover the cost of recycling
Call Us To Schedule A Pick-Up
- $25/piece helps us cover the cost of pickup and recycling
*Box springs are considered a separate piece.
*Please note that we cannot accept mattresses that have been wet or exposed to pests.
Mattress Recycling Matters
Over 700,000 mattresses go into Houston’s landfills
Lining them up end-to-end would be enough to get to Dallas and back, twice!
80% of mattress components can be recycled.
Foam and steel are recovered and turned into new products.
The Mattress Recycling Center creates jobs in our community.
Houston Furniture Bank is proud to be a second-chance employer.
Houston Furniture Bank is proud to partner with leaders in the mattress, furniture and hospitality industries to grow our impact. Thanks to the support of these organizations, we are recycling over 2,000 mattresses each month at our facility.
Mattress Recycling In The News
History: Turning Problems into Solutions!
Over 85,000 mattresses recycled to date!
Founded in 2012, Houston Furniture Bank’s Mattress Recycling program has recycled over 85,000 mattresses to date!
Houston Furniture Bank’s Mattress Recycling Center was first established as an innovative solution to a problem. Mattress donations allow us to provide quality bedding to the families we serve. However, only about 15% of all donated mattresses are in good enough condition to be able to be cleaned and given away. Before the establishment of the Mattress Recycling Center, mattresses that could not be used were discarded into Houston’s landfills at significant financial and environmental cost. To address this problem we founded the Mattress Recycling Center and today, those who donate their mattresses at Houston Furniture Bank can rest assured that any mattress donated to Houston Furniture Bank will either be recycled or given to a family in need.
Nationwide, is estimated that over 20 million mattresses and box springs are thrown away each year; enough to fill Reliant Stadium five hundred times! Every day, more than 55,000 mattresses are thrown away in the United States. Not only does the average mattress take up 23 cubic feet of landfill space, mattresses create pockets for harmful, flammable gasses and contain non-biodegradable synthetic fibers and foam that can take thousands of years to biodegrade.
In 2010, Houston Furniture Bank was selected by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County in Eugene, Oregon to become one of only three entities in the nation to be trained in a leading-edge mattress recycling effort, funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Having pioneered mattress recycling in California in the early 2000s, St. Vincent de Paul was able to provide expertise as we established our operations, the connection having been made by the Furniture Bank Association. In 2012, Houston Furniture Bank partnered with the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department. BBVA donated the funds for specialized containers that can be found at six of the city’s Neighborhood Depositories. Since 2012, all mattresses dropped off at these locations have been brought to Houston Furniture Bank for recycling.
Initial funds for Mattress Recycling Center were donated by members of the HFB Board. Larry Cress was instrumental in raising and donating funds, Finger Furniture donated a space and Mike Byington, a UofH PhD student built the special rotating tables needed for mattress deconstruction. Since its inception, the Mattress Recycling Program has focused on creating jobs for people in need of a second chance, hiring formerly incarcerated individuals with limited skills and promoting two entry-level hires to manage the program so far.
The establishment of the Mattress Recycling Center has allowed Houston Furniture Bank to create mutually beneficial partnerships with manufacturers and retailers. Since 2012, Serta Simmons has provided a variety of mattresses to Houston Furniture Bank, both for recycling and for the families we serve. Today, Houston Furniture Bank receives donated mattresses from Serta, Mattress Firm, Ikea, American Furniture Warehouse, Gallery Furniture, Exclusive Furniture, and hotels affiliated with the Greater Houston Hotel and Lodging Association, along with several Hotel Liquidators. These companies choose to send their mattresses to Houston Furniture Bank because they want to give back, keep mattresses out of our landfills and because recycling with HFB is affordable.
The Cascade Alliance, which grew out of the Mattress Recycling Program initiated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Eugene, Oregon, helps nonprofits turn discarded items into a stable revenue stream and source of quality jobs for people with barriers to employment. The organization has been able to provide the Houston Furniture Bank with crucial knowledge to help grow the Mattress Recycling program and facilitate connections with nationwide companies like Ikea.
The majority of mattresses going to families at Houston Furniture Bank come from the partnership with Serta, now in its seventh successful year. “These are high-quality mattresses that we are able to provide to the families we serve, thanks to the generosity of our industry partners” said Executive Director Oli Mohammed. “Before the bigger furniture stores and manufacturers got involved, before Serta and Mattress Firm, we never had enough mattresses and they were not the quality that we are giving away today. Mattresses are the most important item for the families we serve.”
In recent years, our program has continued to grow. In 2019 alone, we recycled 76% more mattresses than the previous year. Houston Furniture Bank is committed to growing its Mattress Recycling footprint. With your support, we are working to ensure that every mattress gets recycled and every family has a bed.