Did you know that there are mattress jokes?
Seriously! Here’s one that we think is kind of funny (but a bit of a groaner…)
“A delivery driver just left a new mattress behind when it fell out of his truck.
He didn’t want to be arrested for aiding in a bedding.”
Okay, maybe not so funny, but what’s really not funny is when you have to dispose of an old, used mattress that can’t be sold or donated. In the old days we would just find some way to haul it out to the landfill – the dump – and leave it there. But no longer.
Why is that?
For one, mattresses are big, bulky and clog things up. They don’t compress well, and if the mattresses have springs, they can actually damage the equipment at landfills. For another, many mattresses can take as long as 80 to 120 years to break down in a landfill. Not to mention that they take up large amounts of valuable space there.
The good news is that mattresses can be recycled and, therefore, stay out of the environment.
Why You Should Care About Chula Vista Mattress Recycling
When it comes to mattress recycling, San Diego, and its neighbors, like the residents of Chula Vista, have a good reason to care.
Not only is it the best alternative for used mattresses that can’t be reused, but it is the most environmentally beneficial way to dispose of old mattresses, as well. In addition, there are several other benefits of recycling mattresses.
Mattress recycling benefits according to the Mattress Recycling Council:
- Less reliance on incinerators and landfills by diverting mattresses from the waste stream.
- Reduce the number of illegally dumped mattresses.
- Conservation of resources by using old steel, foam, wood, and other material to create new products.
- Recycling creates jobs.
As one mattress company put it,
“Mattress recycling is a great way to help the environment and rid yourself of a weighty, expensive, and space-consuming object.”
Why It’s Important to Recycle Your Old Mattresses
There are literally thousands of new mattresses for sale. Chula Vista, for example, has over a dozen places to buy a new mattress. In fact, Chula Vista mattress stores probably number only second to those found in Downtown San Diego.
And, with over 275,500 residents, Chula Vista may be smaller than San Diego, but that’s still a lot of mattresses that need to be replaced year after year. In fact, when it comes to mattress recycling, Chula Vista probably has more than any city in San Diego County outside of San Diego itself.
We know that there are between 20 and 40 million mattresses disposed of each year – with the majority of them winding up in landfills. And there are about 330 million people in the United States. So, it would be a fair estimate to say that, at any given time in a year that 10 percent of everyone’s mattresses are being tossed out.
So, in Chula Vista, that could mean upwards of 25,000 or more used mattresses could end up in the handful of rapidly filling landfills in our County.
This is why it’s important to recycle our old mattress – in San Diego, in Chula Vista, and everywhere else in San Diego County and the country!
The Best Times of Year to Recycle Your Old Mattresses
Sometimes people wonder if there is a best time of year to get rid of old mattresses. This is certainly true for purchasing new mattresses.
For example, according to NerdWallet,
“Some of the best times to buy a mattress include late winter, early spring and holiday weekends.”
However, there is no good or bad time to get rid of your old mattress. Especially if you live in the San Diego area where the weather is never so bad you don’t want to deal with something like mattress disposal.
In fact, San Diego has 266 days of sunshine, while the rest of the nation has 205. San Diego has zero average days of temperatures below 32 degrees, while the rest of the U.S. has 88, according to one blog post.
And if you happen to think that you can’t recycle mattresses but want to get rid of them somehow, the good news is that you actually can recycle mattresses.
This is not to say that it is a simple or straightforward process like smashing and smelting aluminum cans.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Chula Vista Mattress Recycling
A fair question to ask at this point would be, “How do you recycle a mattress?”
If you have a truck, and if you have some reliable help, and if you know where to go – and that’s a lot of “ifs” – you can take your old mattress to several locations in and around the San Diego area like Chula Vista.
And, by the way, because we pay a $10.50 fee when purchasing a mattress or box spring in California which helps fund mattress recycling programs, we have options that most other states do not. Also, when you recycle your used mattress, you can collect a $3 return at participating locations.
So, where can you go? Here’s a brief list:
- The retailer of your new mattress. If you’ve purchased one, the dealer should take your old one away for free.
- The City of Chula Vista offers a free bulky item collection service that includes mattresses.
- The Otay Landfill is a Mattress Recycling Council’s partnering location for free drop-offs by residents.
- If you are a City of San Diego resident you can drop yours off at the El Cajon Transfer station for free, as well.
Another question many people have it, “How do you get rid of an old bed frame without throwing away the mattress, too?”
And the answer is that you don’t have to because almost any bed frame can be recycled, as well, so you can dispose of them both in an environmentally-friendly way.
By the way, there is one major “Don’t” when it comes to mattress disposal: Don’t dump them out in the country, in empty lots, or anywhere else you might think of. It is illegal and totally not cool!
Call Junk King San Diego Downtown to Make Mattress Recycling Easy
Got a used mattress or two that you desperately need to get rid of?
We can help you with that and we’ll make it easy, too.
Not only do we make mattress recycling easy, but we also always deliver prompt, professional, and courteous mattress and junk removal service when you call your local pros at Junk King San Diego Downtown.
And the best part of all is that you don’t have to do the heavy lifting! You just show us where your mattresses or other junk items are and watch us make them disappear!
At Junk King, we understand that not only used mattresses but just about all junk items are recyclable. However, we also know that not everything can be recycled unfortunately. But the good news is that old mattresses, box springs and even bed frames are all suitable candidates for recycling.
So, let the pros at Junk King San Diego Downtown take care of the sorting and proper disposal of your old mattress and other large household items you need to get rid of. And another great thing is that when you partner with us at Junk King San Diego Downtown, you are helping to keep Chula Vista and San Diego County green.
Because Junk King is all about being green!
As your local Junk King professionals, we are dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service to our friends and neighbors who live and work in and around Chula Vista.
Our professional and insured junk removal team will show up at your home or place of work on time, as promised. And we’ll also call you 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive. Once we’re there, we’ll provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate based on how much space your old mattresses and other junk takes up in our truck.
And, like we said here already, you simply point, and we’ll load your unwanted items and haul them away quickly and efficiently. And we do it all without any hidden fees!
Just book an appointment online above or give us a call at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).