Are you looking to dispose of your old mattress? As soon as your new mattress arrives, the first thing you want to do is get rid the old one as it is nothing more than a bulky and heavy nuisance. As tempted as you may be, you should not just leave it by the dumpster or drop it in an alley – a common occurrence in big cities.
The problem is that almost all of these mattresses go straight to landfills, where they begin to create large flammable air pockets, and take up a real lot of space, and as a result damage compression equipment! An average of 300 mattresses and box springs are taken to one landfill in a single day. Here are some tips to help you ensure that your old mattress does not go straight to the landfill.
However, before you do anything, it is important to make sure that you actually need to get rid of your mattress. Most of us hurry into thinking that our mattress needs a change or upgrade. Often, all you need is a different support platform and you can continue using your mattress.
You can also invest in a good memory foam mattress pad that will increase the longevity of your mattress. It not just helps save the environment, but also helps in saving a significant amount of the money spent on a new mattress.
Usually if there are no noticeable stains or serious structural issues, it can be donated. You should try contacting a homeless shelter, religious charity or local furniture bank to see if you can drop off your mattress. There are a few organizations that even offer to pick it up!
Believe it or not, with just a little effort, most of the materials in your mattress can be repurposed.
There are many different components in a mattress, which is partly the reason you cannot just drop off a mattress at your average recycling facility. But, this also means that you get many bits and pieces that you can reuse, including buttons, braiding, mattress padding, foam padding, springs, wood frames, and fabric.
You can recycle about 85 percent of a mattress when it is broken down properly. Unfortunately, at this point in time, recycling mattresses is not as easy a task as it should be. It is quite time consuming and takes quite a lot of effort to fully process and recycle the mattress parts. This means that there are only certain facilities that will recycle them.
If you are purchasing a new mattress, you have another great option and that is to ask the store if they would be willing take the mattress off your hands. Of course, keep in mind that there is no guarantee as to what will happen to it. In some cases, mattresses do not get recycled even if the owners are promised that they will be.
Each part of the mattress is used for different purposes by mattress recycling facilities. Usually, cotton and cloth are used for fabric and clothing. Typically, wood is either burnt for fuel or sold to wood chippers. Foam padding is recycled into carpet padding, and in most cases, springs are melted down in scrap metal facilities.
Disposing of your old mattress for free is not difficult, but you do need to know where to go. You should keep mind that not all places that accept old mattresses do it for free. They charge a fee to pick it up and haul it away for you.
The best thing to do is to load it on to your vehicle and drive it to the recycling facility or the place you are going to donate it to. You will not have to pay a thing and you make sure that you get rid of your mattress and make good use of it, instead of just dumping it in the landfill.
You can do your bit for the environment by donating, recycling or repurposing old mattress. You can dispose of it for free by hauling it yourself instead of hiring a service to do it. As mentioned earlier, there are charitable organizations that will even drive over to your house to pick up the mattress, saving you time and money.
As you can see, you can easily dispose of your mattress for free, and give it a new purpose – as a new product or for someone who needs it.