Waste, on the order of about 4.4 pounds a day per person, is the most tangible environmental impact we have in our daily lives.
Each mattress has an average life span of 11 years, but when thrown away takes up to 40 cubic feet of landfill space. In King County 90,000 mattresses weighing more than 3,000 tons were disposed in 2011.
Fats, oils and grease can clog wastewater collection and treatment systems, causing sewage spills, manhole overflows and/or sewage backups in homes and businesses.
Plastic pollution is a serious hazard to Puget Sound wildlife. Whales, seabirds, and other animals can mistake plastic in the water for food and ingest it.