There are two kinds of mattresses in health care facilities: standard mattress and therapeutic surfaces.



Health care facilities buy huge amounts of mattresses. When there are used, they are often sent to landfill whereas 95% or 99% of its components are reusable. Did you know that a mattress needs more than 100 years to decompose and when it is entirely landfilled?

SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS AND BEST PRACTICES [accordion clicktoclose="true"] [accordion-item title="What quantities do you produce by department?"]
  • Quantities by department?
  • Do you know the generated quantities per year?
Example: Institute of mental health care of Montreal (IUSMM)( CIUSSS of Est de l”Ile de Montreal) Mattresses are used in the care units and in some services like radiology department. The IUSMM evaluates its annual departure at about 100 mattresses. [/accordion-item] [accordion-item title="How do you currently recover/treat it?"]
  • Do you know if you currently recover (reuse, recycle) this material?
  • In what containers do you store this material?
  • How many containers do you have?
  • Where are they on the health care facility?
  • What do you do when containers are full?
  • Are the containers freely provided by your supplier?
Example: CIUSM of North of the Island Of Montreal (facilities of the CSSS of Bordeau Cartierville Saint Laurent) The therapeutic surfaces bought by the residential centres Notre Dame de la Merci, Saint Joseph de la Providence, Saint Laurent et Cartierville are collected for free by the supplier Leika who then makes it recycling. In exchange, the facility receives a purchase credit for a new surface. [/accordion-item] [accordion-item title="With which company do you deal?"]
  • Do you know what supplier currently collect this material?
  • Did you sign a contract with this supplier?
  • Do you know the terms of the contract?
  • Are there some costs implied by the contract?
  • Have you ever done some unexpected visits to your supplier?
Example: The Institute of Mental Health Care (CIUSSS of East of the Island of Montreal) The IUSMM deals with MATT Canada to recycle its mattresses. A service agreement without obligation has been signed with the company. Some service and transportation fees has been associated to this collection: 10$ per mattress ans 70$ for the transportation. According to the IUSMM, while being more environmental-friendly, this method doesn’t cost more than sending the mattresses to the landfill. The IUSMM has never done any unexpected visit to MATT Canada until today. [/accordion-item] [accordion-item title="What about the future of the material?"]
  • Do you know where is the material sent after leaving your health care facility?
  • Do you demand an annual balance to know a about the precise future of the material (traceability)?
  • Have you made a procedure to ensure standardization and continuity of the collection system that you have implemented?
Example: The Institute of Mental Health Care (CIUSSS of East of the Island of Montreal) The IUSMM doesn’t know what happens with the material but they have planned to develop a follow-up. No annual report about precise traceability is demanded. A procedure to ensure the standardization and the continuity of the system of collection has been developed and broadcast. [/accordion-item] [/accordion]