Monthly Archives: April 2011

What if a Mattress Could Talk? Kansas City Mattress Disposal

As a way of promoting Earth Day, Kansas City’s Loose Park has a Twitter account with a very unique user: a tree. Penny Oak “speaks” from the perspective of what a tree might be experiencing and gets a little help from the Heartland Tree Alliance who are promoting the growth and benefits we get from trees. Penny is located on the east side of Loose Park near 54th Street and has accumulated many followers who are engaged in a conversation about practical approaches to supporting the environment. This brings up an interesting question. What if other inanimate objects in your home decided to open their own Twitter accounts? What might they tweet about?
Take for instance your mattress. Would it tweet that it’s time for a replacement? After years of dependable service and many sleep filled night, that old mattress has gotten a bit lopsided. What was once a smooth, firm platform has now become a lumpy mess. Maybe your mattress would tweet, “It’s time I got out of here.” The official duration of a mattress is five to eight years. At least that’s the recommended lifespan that most mattress manufacturers go by. They know that their product isn’t meant to last a lifetime. Of course if you have a mattress in a guest room that is hardly used you don’t have to swap it out in that time frame. It’s only your popular sleeping habitat that needs upgrading.
If you haven’t bought mattress in eight years you might actually be surprised of the types of advancements that have been made in the design of our beds. There was a time when mattresses were pretty basic; just some stuffing that was stuffed between some padding. Now, mattresses have gone high tech. There are coil springs designed to adjust to the contours of your body. More importantly, they remain firm and can spring back into place.
The cushioning used in today’s mattresses has also been improved and upgraded. The materials used are geared towards being hypo-allergic. This means that they won’t become an irritant to anyone who has allegories or sinus problems. That’s extremely important when you consider just how much time you’ll be spending on that mattress.If you have the chance to try out a couple of mattresses in a showroom don’t rush through the choices. Yes, you might feel silly stretched out on a bed in the middle of a Kansas City store fully dressed but consider the alternative. If you bring a mattress home that is not a good fit it’s going to haunt you for many sleepless nights ahead.
When you’ve made your decision you’re going to have to get rid of that old mattress. While it’s true that some mattress stores offer a removal service, check the fine print to see how much extra you might be charged. It might be cheaper and more efficient for you to hire you own local Kansas City mattress disposal crew, Junk King, to come by and take away that old mattress. Once the switch has been made, you’re in for some very sweet dreams.

Kansas City Trash Pickup – Background and Basics

A recent study found that the average American generates up to four pounds of trash each day. That’s each day! Luckily for us, we live in a town that provides for trash pickup. Can you imagine what would happen if those four pounds every day were forced to pile up uncollected? Kansas City provides its residents with a weekly pickup of garbage on a designated day from Monday through Friday. As with every other city across the country, Kansas City has their own way of doing things especially when it comes to garbage pickups.
For instance, the rules are very clear about when you can and cannot put out your garbage. It needs to hit the curb no later than 7 am on the day of pickup, but no earlier than 3 pm on the day before the pickup. So, mark your calendars.  The Kansas City solid waste serves won’t just pick up anybody’s trash. You need to be living in a single-family home, a duplex, or an apartment or other housing units in buildings that contain six or fewer units. For everybody else, the building owner needs to make special arrangements for trash pickup with a private contractor.
Have you heard about trash tags? The official rule is that Kansas City municipal garbage crews are allowed to pick up two bags of trash per eek per eligible household without tags. However, if you threw a big party and have lots of extra trash bags, you’re going to need to head down to a designated hardware store and buy a trash tag for a buck. Without that, your untagged bag will sit on the curb pass the pickup time and that would be bad.
In case you were wondering what the Kansas City Solid Waste Removal Department considers trash here’s the list:
- Food waste and packaging (some packaging can be recycled)
- Small appliances, toys and tools (donate re-usable items to charitable organizations)
- Rubbish associated with normal home maintenance
- Small automobile parts that can be bagged, such as spark plugs, brake shoes and shock absorbers
- Building materials bundled with twine or wire, including wood and wood products, plaster or wallboard
- Boxes of shingles, empty paint cans and similar small items generated during routine maintenance and minor home repair
- Boxes of stone and masonry
That pretty much covers the basics. Then there are all those special preparation items like dog waste. That has to be double bagged. Same for cat litter box waste. If you’ve got broken glass that needs to be wrapped up separated and labeled as “Broken glass.” Also, there should be no liquids in your garbage which means you need to empty out all those milk containers and pop bottles.
Here’s where it gets tricky. There are some items that simply won’t be picked up by the garbage crew. Among these items is anything weighing over 40 pounds, wood or lumber that is longer than four feet in length, construction waste weighing over 500 pounds, tires, or yard waste including grass and other clippings. All of those items require you to make special phone calls to schedule pickups. Of course this being the government there is no telling when those pickups might happen. This is a case where you might want to call up a private junk hauling company like Junk King Kansas City and let them take it all away in one fell swoop.  Simply call 1-888-888-JUNK.