When you buy a new mattress or just need to dispose of an old mattress, recycling the mattresses is something many of us don’t consider. It’s not common knowledge that mattresses are filled with recyclable material.
Materials in mattresses such as wood, foam, cotton and metal springs are all recyclable. You can try to recycle your mattress yourself however keep in mind that mattresses are difficult to disassemble.
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WHY RECYCLE MATTRESS?
Each year in San Diego, up to 3 million mattresses are disposed of in local landfills. Because a mattress takes up so much space, as much as 35 cubic feet the landfills quickly fill up.
Recycling your old mattress will save much needed space.
MATTRESS RECYCLING FACTS
As much as 90 percent of most mattresses can be recovered for recycling. Fred’s Junk Removal will pick up your old mattress for a fee and have it transported to a mattress recycling facility where it will be taken it apart and recycled for the component materials.
Box springs are nearly 100% recyclable they are made up of a steel cage or wood frame and cage with and cotton and fabric outer layer, by disassembling the box spring all of these components can be separated and recycled.
WE RECYCLE MATTRESSES
Fred’s Junk Removal is a cooperating contributor of The Mattress Recycling Council operating in compliance of the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act which requires mattress recycling in the California.
HOW TO GET RID OF AN OLD MATTRESS
We are often asked “how to get rid of an old mattress?” for the average person mattresses can be difficult to get rid of because they are too large to simply put out with the trash, and most communities frown upon placing the mattress out by the dumpster.
Many consider donating an old bed to a local charity, but it’s not that easy. Many charities in San Diego such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill will not accept used mattresses or box springs unless it’s brand new, and still covered in the plastic due to the possible bed bug or other infestations.
Another option is to simply throw away your old mattress at the Miramar Landfill, they charge a fee of between $20-45 for drop-offs. This is often not feasible for many San Diegians because a mattress and box spring does not ride well tied to the top of a Toyota Prius.
Too many folks at their wits end simply put the mattress in the garage or side yard, alley or backyard and try to forget about it. this is not a wise choice because it offers a great place for rodents and pests to live and breed. Mattresses are also treated with flame retardant chemicals that can leach out if left exposed to the elements.
Of course, the best, safest, most affordable and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your old mattress is to book and online mattress removal appointment with Fred’s Junk Removal. We will come out to your home, carry the mattress and box spring out from anywhere in the house and load it in our truck. We will ensure your old mattress and box spring are recycled and not dumped in a landfill.