GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Mesa County Landfill gets at least 45 mattresses daily from residents, adding up to thousands every year. As Grand Junction’s spring cleanup continues, there’s something to keep in mind when getting rid of a bed.

“Remember that the spring clean up does not include picking up mattresses on the side of the road,” Teresa Nees mentions, “Those mattresses are made so they don’t break down, well, they also don’t break down in our landfill; they don’t squish very well, they take up a lot of air space and those wires can get tangled up in our equipment.”

“You can bring your old mattress to the landfill now because it’ll be recyclable before you know it.” Cora Dickey informs.

Starting this summer, Mesa County solid waste will have a program that takes old mattresses to get recycled in Denver. A designated section and truck will be in the landfill for the public to dispose mattresses separately. There’s already a list of benefits seen in having this feature for Mesa County.

“That will keep more trash out of our landfill, it will reduce the amount of waste we’re creating, it will add to the length that we’re able to use this facility for trash collection,” Teresa Nees continues.

More information on this mattress recycling program will be available as summer gets closer. Landfill officials encourage people to dump properly until then.