Residents living in the Fremont area you will find themselves with an old, used mattress at some point. And they will need to have a way to get rid of it.
The problem is that you can’t simply put it out to the curb and hope the garbage guys will take it.
And, even if you have a truck or large van to haul it away with, where can you take it? You could go to a local landfill, but not all of them will accept mattresses. Not to mention that our landfills are rapidly filling up and closing. And keep in mind that mattresses are heavy, bulky, and difficult to move, load, and unload.
It’s been estimated that more than 20 million mattresses end up in landfills each year in this country. And one average-sized mattress by itself can take up to 40 cubic feet of space in a landfill. So, dumping your old mattress isn’t really the most environmentally friendly option.
And even at that, without a suitable vehicle to haul a mattress, you’re going to need help. However, take it from the folks at Junk King Fremont – the good news is that you have some great options!
Got an Old Mattress? Don’t Do This!
If you have limited storage space in your home, keeping an old mattress around isn’t practical. Mattresses take up a lot of space and most of us don’t have enough storage space to spare.
So, it’s fair to ask, “What do I do with my old mattress?”
First, here’s what you should NOT do with it: Dump it someplace outside.
While we’ve all seen an old, discarded mattress on the side of the road, and that may seem like an easy solution, it is an environmental hazard and illegal. And the consequences if you’re caught are severe.
According to ByeByeMattress,
“Illegal dumping disrupts natural land and water, harms plants and wildlife, causes health and safety hazards, attracts disease carrying pests like rodents and insects, pollutes water sources, decreases property values, and costs taxpayers millions in clean-up costs.”
And, if you were caught and convicted of this crime, you could be fined up to $10,000, have your vehicle seized, and even be incarcerated. All that just so you can get rid of an old mattress the easy way!
So, if simply “dumping” your old mattress isn’t an option – for you or the environment – what can you do with it?
You can sometimes donate your gently used mattress, but that can be problematic, especially in states like California.
According to one source,
“Although it may come as a surprise, local thrift stores do not accept mattresses at most locations. Some cannot take any mattress or box spring, including waterbeds, traditional innerspring, or foam mattresses. Due to health and sanitation laws, beds have to be sanitized before being resold at those locations. Because most thrift shops do not have the resources to do so, they are unable to take these donations.
Although some locations will accept mattresses if they’re in good shape, you’ll want to call ahead of time to be sure they will take it.”
Okay, but what if you just have an old mattress that can’t be reused properly? In other words, if you can’t sell it or donate it because it’s not legal to do so, what do you do with it?
Easy! Simply call in the Fremont area’s expert mattress disposal team to get rid of it for you.
Yes, Green Mattress Disposal Really Is a Thing
Junk King Fremont is fully committed to pursuing the company’s eco-friendly mission of always ensuring that as much of your junk gets recycled or donated as possible. In fact, Junk King is the only national junk removal company working to recycle 60 percent or more of everything we haul away.
We do this at Junk King Fremont through working relationships with local recyclers, donation centers and nonprofit organizations across the East Bay. That means we not only remove your old, unwanted junk items like mattresses both quickly and efficiently, but it means our removal process is designed to keep as much of this out of landfills as possible.
In other words, we’re able to get as many junk items recycled, repurposed, or donated as possible. Even mattresses.
Have you ever wondered how much of a mattress can be recycled? Almost all of it actually.
As an article from AmeriSleep points out,
“Most materials in a mattress can be repurposed once a bed is deconstructed (about 85-90%), and enterprising entrepreneurs are constantly developing new ways to use old bedding.”
Here’s a quick break down of what mattress recycling looks like:
- Springs & Coils: Metals can be melted and made into raw material for new items
- Foams: These are shredded and used as carpet padding, moving pads, and fuel
- Fibers: All of the fibers can be turned into filters, insulation or also burned for fuel
- Fabrics & Upholstery: These materials can be reclaimed for use in other products
- Wood: The wood from the frame can be chipped for mulch or fuel products
There are currently laws in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island that allow retailers to collect a disposal fee on all new mattress and box spring sales.
As a result, the Mattress Recycling Council now operates recycling programs, called Bye Bye Mattress, in those states which have enacted mattress recycling laws.
And, best of all, you can simply call a professional mattress removal firm like Junk King Fremont and let us take care of it for you.
Also, there are some mattress-type items that California doesn’t accept in its recycling program, however. A post at The Sleep Judge explains,
“Unfortunately, even though you paid that $11 fee when you purchased the bed, it does not mean that it can be recycled when you are done with it. A mattress or other bedding item can be deemed unacceptable if it is contaminated and/or poses a risk to new products, personnel, or equipment. The following are examples of unacceptable items:
- – Severely damaged, frozen, stained, soiled, twisted, or wet mattresses, box springs, and foundations.
- – If it’s infested with bed bugs
- – Car beds
- – Sleeping bags
- – Pillows
- – Any children’s items such as carriages, dressing tables, strollers, lounge pads, crib bumpers, and baskets.
- – Water beds or camping air-mattresses
- – Fold-out sofa beds
- – Futons & furniture
The good news is that Junk King Fremont can still come to your home (or workplace) and haul away your “unacceptable” items with our award-winning service. And when we do, you’re going to love our fair and transparent pricing that sets us apart from the rest.
The Fremont Area’s Expert Mattress Disposal Team
Everyone ends up needing mattress disposal at some point and that’s just as true in Union City and Fremont as it is in Castro Valley or Hayward. If you live in the wider Fremont area, we’ve got you covered when you need to get rid of an old mattress.
Whether you just treated yourself to a long overdue new bed, or your household has gotten a bit smaller with another kid moving out on their own, Junk King Fremont offers an efficient, safe and environmentally-friendly mattress disposal service that makes the job effortless.
That’s because our experienced junk removal team can quickly and easily remove and haul off your old mattress along with any other type of junk you have. At Junk King Fremont we provide cost-effective junk removal using two-person teams and our large trucks.
In fact, Junk King’s junk removal trucks are up to 30 percent larger than our competitor’s trucks, which simply means we can take more junk in fewer trips. Hauling used mattresses is a breeze with our big, red trucks designed for your large junk items.
So, ready to get rid of your old mattress? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Our professional and insured junk removal team will show up at your home, and we’ll call 15 minutes before we get there. Once we’re on-site, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your mattress and other junk takes up in our truck.
If you like our estimate, you simply point, and we’ll load it all into our junk removal trucks and haul it away – all without any hidden fees!