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.