The holidays are over and you got the new bed you always wanted! Now a good night's sleep is no longer a dream. But what about your old mattress disposal?
Sure, you might be able to sell it or donate it, but... most likely not. So, what do you do with an old, used mattress that no one wants?
Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to dispose of old mattresses.
We've all seen the ragged, stained, and dilapidated old mattress lying in a field or on the side of backroad outside of town. The person who dumped it did so illegally and without regard for the environment or for the aesthetics of your community.
You don't want to be that guy.
Besides, dumping old mattresses is illegal in most places, so that's a big red flag right there. And if you think about it, there is no less work and trouble involved in illegally dumping a mattress than there is in loading, hauling, and legallydisposing of it.
Imagine what our neighborhoods would look like if everyone simply dumped their old mattresses outside somewhere away from their homes.
Especially when you consider that Americans dispose of an estimated 20 million mattresses and box springs every year!
However, illegal dumping isn't the only "wrong" way to dispose of old mattresses.
Taking your faithful, old mattress off to the local landfill - assuming they'll take it - isn't much better than dumping it in an empty lot.
According to one source,
"[Of] an estimated 20 million mattresses and box springs every year, the vast majority end up in landfills or incinerators. That's roughly 55,000 discarded each and every day. They contribute 450 million pounds of waste and fill more than 100 million cubic feet of landfill space every year."
After the recent plague of bedbugs that swept the country, donating or even selling slightly used mattresses became difficult if not impossible for most people. And if your mattress is more than three or four years old, it is likely not going to be wanted.
You might be able to gift it to a friend, neighbor, or family member, and that's not a bad option.
But simply taking it to a landfill or local waste transfer station is a poor choice. Besides, not every facility will accept mattresses anymore for that reason.
Which is why Junk King specializes in mattress removal and disposal - the right way.
At first glance, it is understandable to wonder what, exactly, can you possibly recycle from an old mattress?
According to recyclers, once disassembled, up to 85 percent of the mattress components can be recycled. Recycling one mattress saves 23 cubic feet of landfill space and repurposes up to 65 pounds of materials.
[Graphic courtesy of Mattress Recycling Council]
According to the folks at earth91.com,
"Your standard mattress is comprised of a wood frame, steel springs, polyurethane foam and an outer fabric. During recycling, the top layer of fabric is cut, peeled and separated to expose the remaining materials.
Metal springs are sold as scrap metal, as steel is one of the most commonly recycled materials in the world. The wood is often chipped or used for mulch. The foam can be recycled into carpet padding, and fabrics can be recycled into industrial machinery filters."
In addition, you likely no longer need that old box springs you used to support your old mattress. Not now that you have that great new bed you always wanted with the adjustable mattress option!
The good news is that the box springs component is recyclable, as well.
Box springs are typically constructed with a wood frame, steel coils, covered with a cotton outer layer. In other words, everything that your mattress has except the foam. And, in fact, they both have a very similar recycling process, and are usually accepted with mattresses for recycling.
So, the only question now is how do you get your mattress disposed of properly?
No problem! Junk King specializes in mattress pickup, removal, and disposal.
Junk King can provide you with affordable, safe, and eco-friendly mattress disposal service. And we will make the whole process easy for you. Our experienced mattress removal team has all the resources needed to quickly and easily haul away your old mattress and even your old box springs.
And we do it without damaging any of your home on the way out!
Our professional and insured mattress disposal team will call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive at your home. Once we’re there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your mattress takes up in our truck, along with any other junk items you want to get rid of. You simply point and we haul your items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).