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Eco-friendly Mattress Disposal Made Easy with Junk King

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One of those questions that we get all the time at Junk King Boston is, ‘What do I do with my old mattress? When it comes to disposing of your mattress, the best option by far is recycling it. The Mattress Recycling Council says that 80-90 percent or more of your mattress can be recycled. 


The sad part is that, given the fact that up to 90 percent of your mattress can be recycled, some estimate that 90 percent of mattresses actually wind up in landfills, where they will go on to pollute (more on that below). 


Many parts of your old mattress can be recycled, even if you’re ready to move on and have Junk King take it away for you. Mattresses usually contain steel coils and a cotton outer layer that can go into new products after getting processes at a recycling center. The wood frame can be recycled, as well. 


To get a feel for the scope of the problem, more than 20 million mattresses are ultimately thrown into landfills every year in the US. In fact, over 50,000 mattresses get dropped off at landfills every single day in the United States. Junk King Boston can help keep more mattresses out of landfills as North America’s ‘greenest’ junk removal company. 


Mattress Recycling: Reasons to Ponder 

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Responsible mattress disposal is a big part of Junk King Boston’s business because Junk King is the ‘greenest’ junk removal company in North America. Keeping mattresses out of landfills is a big deal: It takes between 50 to 100 years for the average mattress to decompose naturally if left in a landfill. 


While those fifty years are ticking by, the mattress will likely be giving off volatile organic compounds as it gets exposed to the elements. (These volatile organic compounds are bad for humans, animals, and the environment.) Mattresses also end up requiring a lot of space in landfills: a single mattress can occupy about 25 cubic feet in a landfill. 


While the mattress is in the landfill, the chemicals that comprise the foam and inner fibers of an old mattress can leach into the local ground and potentially even the water supply. Mattresses in landfills have to be buried where they were put, unfortunately. 


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Eco-friendly Mattress Disposal 


Junk King can help facilitate the process of eco-friendly mattress disposal by hauling away your old mattress. There are recycling facilities out there can are happy to take your old mattress after it has been sorted at the Junk King warehouse. 


Your mattress will get sanitized once it gets to the recycling center. After that, your mattress will be sorted, baled, and recycled so that it can be used for more products, thus saving valuable resources. Old mattresses that get recycled can become new mattresses, upholstery, textiles, or even beds for your pets. 


The foam padding from your old mattress can be made into carpeting, too. Believe it or not, the foam padding from your old mattress can eventually be turned into the padding on new exercise equipment or the cushioning for seats. 


The part that is baled from your old mattress is the steel and metal inside. This can be put towards a variety of different products later: poles, lighting, benches, etc. The options are usually only limited here by what the manufacturer decides on after the metal is melted down. 


The bed frame itself, which Junk King Boston also takes, can be used for tomorrow’s landscaping in the form of, for instance, wood pellets. Wood can also be put towards an alternative fuel source known as biomass. 


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How Mattress Recycling Works 


After Junk King Boston stops by and picks up your mattress, though, what actually happens to your old mattress? Initially, your old mattress will be put with other mattresses in the Junk King warehouse; then your old mattress will head to a nearby recycling facility. 


Your mattress will then be inspected for things like bed bugs. (If your mattress has bed bugs, then the mattress will likely be responsibly disposed of in order to prevent the spread of infestation to recyclable mattresses in the same area.) If your mattress checks out, then it will head slipped inside the recycling facility, i.e., away from exposure to the elements. 


The first part of the actual disassembly process will likely be removing the fabric and fiber from inside the mattress. From there, old box springs and the interior steel wiring will typically be removed and baled using a special device. Once turned into steel bales, the old steel from your mattress can be sent to a metal recycling plant and melted down into fresh steel for new products. 


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Throwing your mattress in a landfill contributes to the total amount of waste in the world, creates pollution in the atmosphere (mattresses contain volatile organic compounds), and prevents the materials within mattresses from being recycled. 


Your mattress likely contains a number of different components that can be responsibly disposed of or recycled. The foam padding from your mattress, for instance, can be put towards home insulation, carpeting, or bedding material once it is processed. 


The springs in your mattress can go towards metal recycling, as well. The wooden frame can be shredded down for a number of different applications, such as lawn mulch; wood frames can also be used as an innovative alternative fuel source if done the right way.


Junk King Boston is here to ensure that your mattress gets recycled in an eco-friendly and useful way. 


Mattress Disposal with Junk King 


More modern mattresses made predominately of foam can also be recycled, and Junk King Boston takes these mattresses, too! The foam inside can be taken out and used for new mattresses, insulation for homes, or carpeting. Book online for responsible mattress disposal with Junk King and save $20 on orders of more than $99. 


Aside from environmental stewardship, customers rave about Junk King Boston because of the friendly service and great rates. In fact, you will only pay for the space inside the ‘big red’ Junk King trucks that you actually use, which can really add up to savings with mattress disposal. 


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Understanding Electronic Waste Recycling in Boston

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Electronic waste is short for e-waste, and that’s something that my crew takes from homes and workplaces all the time. Electronics can turn into e-waste when they break or become obsolete over time, thus reaching the end of their ‘useful life’. Fortunately, Junk King Boston will be there to (literally) pick up the pieces with e-waste removal! My crew and I have been handling e-waste removal for years now. 


You might be surprised to hear that there are approximately 150 million cell phones thrown away every year in the United States alone. Cell phones are actually a good place to start with e-waste. That’s because cell phones contain a bunch of precious metals like gold and silver as well as toxic heavy metals like mercury and lead – in the circuit board and batteries. 


The challenge for us at Junk King Boston has always been keeping as many of these toxins out of landfills as possible. The reason is that these materials can be released into the environment and pollute the local water and air if left in landfills; plus, something like a bulky CRT monitor or television takes up a bunch of space! Aside from taking up space, recycling electronics means less mining for more materials and less waste. 


Junk King Boston Leads the Pack with E-waste Recycling 

Less waste? Absolutely, and the amount of waste is actually pretty staggering. The value of the raw materials that went into e-waste in 2019 alone was estimated to be worth about $7.5 billion, according to Earth911. Junk King as a whole is North America’s ‘greenest’ junk removal company because of its commitment to e-waste recycling and responsible e-waste removal. 


What is E-waste Recycling?


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E-waste recycling itself is the process of reprocessing and reusing electronic waste, which keeps toxic and hazardous materials out of local landfills. Electronic waste for homeowners can take many different forms, including the usual suspects like laptops, monitors, and televisions. E-waste may also include batteries, DVD players, and microwaves. Junk King takes a variety of different pieces of electronic waste, including the following:


  • -Computers 
  • -Monitors 
  • -Televisions 
  • -Printers 
  • -Copiers 
  • -Shredders 
  • -DVD players 
  • -Video game consoles 
  • -Other e-waste! 


Aside from the precious metals – the ‘good’ metals – and heavy metals – the ‘bad’ metals – involved in eco-friendly e-waste removal, other components in e-waste like plastic and glass can be recycled. The plastics from old appliances can be eventually turned into equipment holders, posts, trays, and other electronics at a future point. Since Junk King also works with metal recyclers, the actual steel and aluminum can be recycled as well. 


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Stages of E-waste Recycling 


The first stage of e-waste recycling – i.e., the process and collecting and transporting the electronic waste – is already handled by me and my crew at Junk King! The ‘big red’ Junk King trucks are now 20% larger, which means that more can be fit inside and savings are passed on to customers. Items are grouped together in the truck so e-waste can be efficiently sorted at the Junk King warehouse before heading to the e-waste recycling plant. 


At the e-waste recycling plant itself, your old devices will be broken down further, shredded, and sorted into smaller pieces. The pieces that can be reused are placed into one pile, and pieces that need additional processing may be destined for further processing. Tiny waste particles may be removed before the next stage of e-waste recycling, i.e., magnetic separation. At the recycling plant, a strong magnet hovers overhead to separate metals like steel and iron from other impurities. 


A process known as water separation can help to separate plastic from glass in certain electronics as they go down the conveyor belt. The lead used in CRT monitors can be particularly problematic.


The good news is that the four to eight pounds of lead in a CRT monitor can be processed at these recycling plants and turned into other products, e.g., batteries and X-ray equipment used in the medical industry. That’s pretty cool to think that obsolete e-waste can eventually be used to detect medical issues and potentially save lives. 


Still, more can definitely be done in terms of responsible e-waste removal. The United Nations said that only about 17 percent of electronic waste was properly recycled in 2019. My crew and I at Junk King are dedicated to bringing that number way up and ensuring that more electronic waste stays out of landfills! In that same year (2019) the World Economic Forum said that e-waste was actually the fastest-growing type of waste in the world. 


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Are Batteries a Type of E-waste?


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There are a few different kinds of batteries that you might have lying around your home or collecting dust in your garage. The lead-acid automobile batteries in your garage can usually be recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Junk King works with auto retailers and service centers, which accept these kinds of lead-acid batteries.

(Some emergency lighting and alarm systems may use lead-based batteries as well; these are also taken by Junk King.) 


The batteries that are probably lying around your home right now are likely dry-cell batteries. This type of battery does not contain any liquid. Alkaline or lithium-ion batteries that charge up your phones, kid’s toys, or laptop might well be based on dry-cell technology. Dry-cell batteries cover the gamut: A, C, D, 9-volt, coin batteries (e.g., used in watches), as well as rechargeable batteries currently in vogue. 


Although some cities will technically allow alkaline batteries to go in the trash, both alkaline and lithium-ion batteries should be recycled. (Lithium-ion batteries are very tricky to recycle and were, unfortunately, partly responsible for a 93% uptick in recycling facility fires.) Junk King can help with responsible e-waste removal and safely handling lithium-ion batteries. 


Junk King is North America’s number-one-rated junk removal service and continues to lead the pack in terms of e-waste removal and e-waste recycling. We can all do our part to ensure that less e-waste winds up polluting landfills and work towards more electronics getting recycled, reused, and repurposed to help the planet. Contact Junk King at 1-888-888-5865 (JUNK), text a photo to 1-737-888-5865, or book online to get started today. 


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Junk King Boston
200 Providence St. Bay 1
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Hours: M-F: 8A-4P, Sa: 8A-3P

Providing junk removal services to the Boston area, including:

Brookline Village
Chestnut Hill
Newton Centre
Newton Upper Falls
Roxbury Crossing
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