1,000 Words: The mattress

About 400,000 mattresses are purchased in Minnesota every year, which usually means about 400,000 mattresses are thrown out.

Sometimes they end up in landfills. A few recycling operations have sprouted up with varying degrees of success.

Occasionally, we see signs by the side of the road that we’re buried in mattresses, as this one outside a school in the east metro we spotted this morning.


We’ll watch it for a few days or weeks to see how long it takes for someone to decide to pick up after the person who thought it easier to just toss it over the side.

Sadly, that person is probably getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Kassie

    This picture illustrates one of many reasons I moved into Minneapolis. With our city administered garbage, residents are allowed to put mattresses by their garbage on their recycling week and they are taken away. No need to throw it in a park, at a school or any other such place.

  • PaulJ

    This kind of behavior just makes me tired; when it is a frig, it just makes me hungry.

  • Ben V

    This reminds me of a time I got duped while living London. Not knowing what to do with an old mattress, I put it out front to see if the garbage collectors would take it. No go. A day or so later some questionable fellows knocked on my door and said they had a “skip” (what they call a dumpster) service and were taking things away for a fee. What luck! So I gave them 10 quid and away it went. The next day I walked by the neighborhood park and there sat my old mattress along with a couple other larger neighborhood throw away items. It sat there for another week or so before being carried away by the rubbish fairies.

  • Jeff C.

    Funnily enough, I woke up at 2am this morning to the sounds of two guys talking loudly, making noise getting stuff out of their car. I couldn’t tell what was going on but knew they were up to no good. I had the phone in my hand and was about to call 911 when they drove away. They left behind a pile of trash. Not just a couple of bags, but an entire car trunk-full. at 7:30am this morning a Parks and Rec. employee was picking it all up, throwing it in the back of his pickup. People do the oddest things.