The average person goes through one mattress about every ten years, and that makes responsible mattress disposal a big deal for just about everyone.
Mattresses can get misshapen over time, their springs can wear out, and they can collect nasty stuff like dust mites, pollen, and other allergens.
When you’re ready to get rid of a lumpy or dirty mattress, where do you turn? As America’s greenest junk removal service, Junk King is a great resource for responsible mattress disposal as well as furniture, appliance, refrigerator, and television removal.
Junk King works with partners like California’s Bye Bye Mattress, part of the Mattress Recycling Council, to go about mattress disposal the greenest way possible. Drop offs are easy and fees are very small ($10.50 per mattress in California).
It’s a really small price to pay to do the right thing and recycle your old mattress. Junk King has the experience and manpower to make green mattress disposal much less of a hassle.
Mattresses and Landfills Don’t Mix Well
You should really think twice before taking your mattress to a landfill since a lot of the components that make up your mattress (wood, steel, and polyurethane foam) can be recycled.
Sadly, 20,000,000 mattresses are thrown out yearly in the United States, and only 250,000 recycled.
The natural and synthetic fibers in your mattress can be recycled once they’re cleaned. Recycled fabric can turn an old mattress into processed natural fibers that can go into making sustainable curtains for someone else’s home.
If your mattress is lightly used, then you might want to consider donating it to someone in need. Even mattresses that aren’t exactly traditional – crib mattress, inflatable mattresses, or king size mattresses – can frequently be donated to charities.
Donating and reusing your old mattress or recycling the component parts are both considered preferred options in terms of sustainability and green mattress disposal.
When mattresses are recycled, the interior components are organized first by type. Then, the fibers and foam in your old mattress is compressed and the springs and other metal components are sent to scrap recyclers for additional processing.
Steel mills and foundries can eventually used the recovered metal components from your old mattress to make new products. The wood can be recycled as well. In fact, four-fifths of your mattress can be recycled!
- Problems with Compacting and Space
Old mattresses don’t compact very well at all at landfills – a cubic yard of regular garbage that’s been compacted weighs about 1,600 pounds, but a cubic yard of a mattresses that have been compacted weighs (at most) 300 pounds.
Surprisingly, landfills have an issue right now with mattresses actually jamming up their compactors and causing them to break down.
And as anyone who gone about mattress disposal on their own knows, mattresses are extremely cumbersome.
Those things take up way too much space at already overcrowded landfills and should be recycled or donated anyway for maximum sustainability.
Illegal dumping is also a problem since improper mattress disposal can mean polluted soil and water, other public health issues, and decreased property values.
Mattress Disposal? It’s Gotta Be Junk King
The junk removal pros at Junk King can help with mattress disposal and make the process less stressful. Who needs the raised eyebrows from neighbors when you put an old mattress out by the curb (and hope it doesn’t rain)?
Instead of risking dirty looks from neighbors or straining yourself trying to get an old mattress down a flight of stairs, call 1-888-888-JUNK or contact Junk King online to schedule a convenient mattress disposal pick-up time. Book online now and save $20!