Have you ever driven through a neighborhood, say, Burlington or Camp Dennison, for example, and saw an old mattress out on the curb? Or maybe it was lying in an empty lot or field? The thought of that is probably a bit disconcerting.
However, that is one of the biggest problems with used mattresses – there may be a lot of used items you would be willing to buy, but a used mattress isn’t one of them. Consequently, used mattresses are difficult to get rid of, which is why some people dump their old mattresses out on the curb. They figure that, sooner or later, the city or County will come by to pick it up.
But not only is that not always a guarantee, but it’s also illegal.
In fact, it is illegal to dump pretty much anything anywhere in Cincinnati and the state. According to Keep Ohio Beautiful,
“Dumping waste, such as discarded trash, oil, appliances, scrap tires, furniture and other items, on private or public land and waterways is strictly prohibited by Ohio law. In addition to being unsightly, illegal dumps can pose health and safety hazards to people and wildlife.”
Unfortunately, old mattresses often end up lying around for a long time and help to bring down property values in many neighborhoods.
At Junk King Cincinnati, we’ve disposed of many mattresses. Below we’ll break down your options for disposing of an old mattress.
What to Do With That Old, Unusable Mattress?
To be fair, it is certainly possible for residents of the greater Cincinnati area to legally get rid of their old mattress by themselves. But it isn’t easy.
According to the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, used mattresses cannot be included in your curbside recycling cart or bin, nor can you leave them at a recycling drop off.
They can, however, be accepted for recycling, but only if you follow certain guidelines and the County’s special instructions. For example, if you want to arrange for your mattress to be picked up by your waste hauler, you must first contact them for scheduling a large item pick up, and to find out about their pricing and guidelines.
Want to load it in your own vehicle, drive to the landfill, and try to drop it off yourself? The landfill might take your used mattress providing it meets Ohio state regulations of “not being ripped, torn, or stained; and must be free of bed bugs.” In addition, any mattress or upholstered furniture must be completely sealed in disposable plastic for removal and additional fees may apply.
Mattress Disposal the “Right Way” Means the Easy Way
If your old mattress happens to be in good shape and is still usable, then you might be able to give it away or even make some money from it.
For example, one source has suggested that,
“Generally speaking, a used mattress will command a resale price that is roughly equivalent to 20% to 30% of the original product price. If a mattress originally costs $1,000, then expect to resell it for $200 to $300…”
You might try selling it with a classified ad either on or offline, or just use popular online selling sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. And you could try having a yard sale, especially if you have other items to offload.
But what if your mattress is too worn out to be donated or sold?
Believe it or not, your old mattress can be recycled. In fact, up to 90 percent of the material in a typical innerspring mattress can be recycled and reused, making them great items for recycling.
These materials include the metal in the springs and brackets, the wood in the frame, and most of the foam and fabric materials.
But if you want your old, unusable mattress recycled, what’s the best way to get that done?
The reality is that loading and hauling a mattress is not easy, and you need the right type of vehicle to hold a mattress. It also involves tying or strapping it down securely and then having to unload it when you get to wherever it is you’re supposed to take old mattresses for recycling.
Fortunately, there is a faster and easier way to get this done and not have to do it yourself!
Mattress Disposal Doesn’t Need to Be a DIY Chore
There are many reasons not to try getting rid of that old mattress yourself. Maybe you don’t have a truck or van. Maybe you don’t have anyone around to help you move it, load it, and then unload it. And, most likely, it’s simply too much trouble.
The good news is that your local Junk King team can do it for you.
If you were to start a stopwatch when our Junk King Cincinnati team picks up and loads your mattress, it would only be a few minutes before they would have it in the truck. And your junk removal session could end right there.
But why not consider what else you can get rid of? With two movers and a big truck, there’s likely to be a lot of bulky junk items that could finally be cleared out of your home. Not only can our Junk King professionals bring your mattress down from upstairs, but they can do the same work bringing things up from your basement.
Do you have unwanted items like an old futon or a washer and dryer that needs to be hauled out? This is your opportunity!
Want to Dispose of Your Old Mattress the Right Way? Call the Pros!
Disposing of your old mattress doesn’t have to be a major problem for you. When you call in our professional team of mattress disposal experts, all you need do is sit back while they do all the work.
At Junk King Cincinnati, our full-service mattress removal and recycling means you don’t have to handle your old mattress because we can haul and recycle it for you. You can send your used mattress off for recycling today and even schedule other bulk junk pickups while you’re at it.
At Junk King Cincinnati, we provide an efficient, safe, and eco-friendly mattress disposal service that makes the entire process easy for you whether you live in Bellevue, Addyston, Middletown, or anywhere in between
And our experienced mattress removal team will haul off your old mattress – and even the bed frame – all without damaging any part of your home on the way out.
We do all the heavy lifting so there’s no need for you to carry items out to the curb and have them be an eyesore for your neighbors. And best of all, we make sure that your mattress and any other unwanted items are disposed of at a proper recycling facility to avoid any harm to our ecosystem.
Our professional and insured mattress disposal team will call 15 minutes before we show up and we’ll give you a free estimate based only on how much room your items take up in our truck. You point and we haul your items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
Ready to get rid of your old mattress? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).
Hiring Junk King Cincinnati is the best way to get rid of an old mattress and the rest of your unwanted items. Book your session today!