When most people think about recycling, we probably think of those different colored plastic bins where we separate our plastics, cardboard, aluminum cans, and food waste as part of the regular trash pickup service. Though separating your everyday trash is certainly an important part of caring for the environment, the larger and bulkier trash items that we occasionally generate may cause much more damage to the environment if improperly disposed of.
Across the United States, American consumers throw away around 20 million mattresses each and every year. Because mattresses are large, bulky, and heavy, they take up an enormous amount of space in our nation´s landfills, many of which are quickly filling up.
What most people don’t understand, however, is that the vast majority of the materials inside your mattress can be recycled. Below, we outline why individuals and businesses in San Carlos should make the effort to recycle their used mattresses. We also explain why Junk King Peninsula offers the easiest, most convenient, and most environmentally friendly way to get rid of old mattresses.
The Environmental Toll of Old Mattresses
Our old mattresses and box springs that are eventually sent to the landfill not only take up an absurd amount of space, but they also may contribute to high amount of greenhouse gas emissions as they slowly decompose. As the plastics, foam, and other materials in your mattress rot away in a dump, they will contribute to methane gas, which is a major contributor to climate change. Methane gas is thought to be 84 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and 2018 numbers reflect that MSW landfills are the third-largest source (15.1 percent) of human-related methane emissions in the U.S.
The amount of methane emitted from landfills, then, is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 20.6 million passenger vehicles driven for one year or the emissions from powering 11 million homes over the same period.
Furthermore, mattresses that are improperly disposed of may also leach toxic chemicals into the surrounding environment. The poisonous wastewater sludge from landfills is filled with several types of toxins that can seep into soil and groundwater aquifers. This obviously causes a cascade of negative effects on local ecosystems, animal-life, and local drinking water supplies.
The polyurethane foam that is common in many mattresses may contain chemicals such as styrene, antimony, formaldehyde, and even “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAs. PFAs are fluorinated, harmful chemicals are used in a wide variety of products that never break down in the natural environment. Studies have found that upwards of 200 million Americans have PFAs in their supply of tap water, and it’s widely known that they’re found in high concentrations in landfill leachate.
Why Recycle your Mattress with Junk King Peninsula?
Every bed and mattress that gets sent to the local landfill will eventually take up 20 to 60 cubic feet of landfill space. When you hire Junk King Peninsula for your mattress removal needs, however, we can help you reduce your carbon footprint through efficient and environmentally friendly mattress removal.
As the leader in environmentally friendly junk removal here in the Bay area, we have developed an extensive network of relationships with thrift stores, donation centers, recycling businesses, and others who can help us keep your used mattress out of the local dump. In most cases, we are able to find a way to donate used mattresses so that they can be donated or sold at a discount price to local families in need.
If your old mattress is beyond the state of repair, however, we work with certified recycling centers to ensure that almost all of the material in your old mattress and bedspring is effectively recycled. Once a mattress and bedspring is dismantled, the springs and coils can be melted and made into new items, while the polyurethane foams can be shredded and used in carpet padding, moving pads, and as a fuel source. Even the fiber from cotton and other fibers can be used in filters, insulation, or even burned for fuel.
How to Hire Junk King Peninsula for your Mattress Recycling and Removal Needs?
Junk King Peninsula is the leading junk removal service for individuals and business owners in the Bay area. We provide junk removal services to both residential and commercial customers in Atherton, Belmont, La Honda, Loma Mar, Los Altos, Menlo Park Mountain View, Palo Alto, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Gregorio, and Stanford.
Our junk removal team has years of experience in helping people free up space in their home and business. We do all the heavy lifting and hauling so that you only have to let us know what items you want removed. If you need more time to go through the stuff that is clogging up your home, you can also rent one of our dumpsters that will give you a large, convenient space to store your junk while going through the cleaning and de-cluttering process. Simply give us a call when the dumpster is full, and we´ll come and pick it up.
Our company is also proud to say that we offer superior customer service. We have dedicated staff waiting to answer your call and help you find an effective solution for junk removal needs. At Junk King, we are also committed to providing all of our customers with fair and transparent pricing mechanisms. We offer four simple ways to get a direct quote for the mattresses you need hauled away:
- On-Site Pricing Estimate: On-site pricing is the best and most accurate way for us to assess the job and offer you the lowest price. Unlike other companies, our on-site pricing estimates are completely free, and come with no-obligation on your part. Our junk removal professionals will inspect the junk you need hauled away and offer you an upfront price. If a price agreed upon, we will often be able to get rid of your junk on the same day.
- Call to Talk with a Trained Customer Service Representative: If you´d prefer to talk with someone before making a decision, you can call us toll-free at l 888-888-JUNK. Our customer service representatives can help you plan the logistics for any size junk removal and offer you a price estimate based on the amount of junk you need to get rid of.
- Text us a Photo: For smaller jobs, you can simply take a photo of your items, text us at 737-888-5865, and we will text you back an estimate. Once you accept the estimate, all you have to do is wait for the Junk King truck to arrive.
- Online pricing estimator: Lastly, Junk King also offers an easy-to-use online pricing estimator. Simply enter your zip code to ensure that you are in right service area and provide a few more pieces of information regarding the junk you need removed. Our pricing estimator allows you to receive a transparent cost estimate based on either the actual items you need hauled away, or the anticipated volume in the Junk King truck you plan on taking up. The online pricing estimator is convenient, reliable, and time saving for those on a tight schedule.
No matter what option you choose, as soon as a price is agreed upon, you choose a date and two-hour service widow that works for your schedule. Our junk removal professionals will call you 15-30 minutes before we show up to promptly take your junk!
Simply call us at 1-888-5865(JUNK) or consider booking us online here. Again, we offer up-front pricing and efficient junk removal services that makes it easy to get rid of your used mattress. Call us today to help free up space in your home or business without so much as lifting a finger.