Up to 90% of mattress materials can be recovered and recycled. This includes timber, coir, metal and foam.

With an estimated 300,000 units discarded annually, this would equate to around 7 million kilograms of materials being diverted from landfill.

Not to mention employment for social enterprise, fewer virgin materials required and lower carbon emissions as we reuse or recycle the materials.

Where we are operating?


If you live in the Timaru area you can recycle your mattress thanks to Rebound and the Timaru District Council partnering on a 12-month trial. The cost is the same as taking a mattress to landfill.

You can take your mattress to:

  • Redruth Resource Recovery Park, 23 Shaw Street, Timaru
  • Geraldine Transfer Station, 128 Te Moana Road, Geraldine
  • Temuka Transfer Station, 45 Wilmshurst Road, Temuka
  • Pleasant Point Transfer Station, 23 Beck Road, Pleasant Point

Bulk Loads

If your organisation has a large quantity of mattresses that you would like to recycle please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Can your mattress be recycled?

We accept most mattresses, but they must meet our criteria to ensure the materials are suitable for recycling or reuse.

We accept

All brands of mattresses and bases in reasonable condition.

They must be:

  • clean
  • dry
  • no infestations (bed bugs, fleas, etc)

We don’t accept

Mattresses or bases that are:

  • Severely damaged, twisted, wet or soiled
  • Infested with bed bugs or other living organisms

We also don’t accept:

  • Loose mattress pads or toppers
  • Slat, wooden or metal bed frames or headboards
  • Water beds
  • Car or caravan beds
  • Fold-out sofa beds
  • Camping or air mattresses
  • Pillows or cushions
  • Bedding, blankets, sheets or sleeping bags

What’s in a mattress?

The average mattress contains:

  • Steel springs – 100% recyclable
  • Polyurethane foam – can be recycled into foam carpet underlay
  • Coir – a natural product from coconut fibre with various reuse options
  • Wood – 100% reuseable or recyclable
  • Textiles – currently non-recyclable

Latest news & updates

Rebound success highlighted in Timaru Herald

The Rebound pilot at Timaru’s Redruth Resource Recovery Park has proven a great success, with some 111 cubic metres of waste kept out of landfill. Read more in this Stuff article.

Rebound mattress recycling on Seven Sharp

Rebound mattress recycling has been active in Timaru since July as the Timaru District Council runs a 12-month trial, and has picked up some good media attention recently. A news article ran on, and more recently TVNZ current affairs show Seven Sharp did a segment.

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