A mattress is often composed of many materials, such as polyurethane foam and cotton wool, which means there are several different ways to dispose of mattresses. You could either set it outside for the garbage man (although this doesn’t work well with larger beds), throw it into the trash yourself or contact a mattress disposal company. This article will explore the options in more detail and help you make an informed decision.
Many people try to set their mattresses outside for pick-up by local waste management officials, but this isn’t always successful. If the garbage truck is full when it comes and picks up your mattress, you’ll get a notice telling you to remove the item yourself or pay extra fees (which can be costly).
In addition, the garbage truck may not have adequate space to accommodate larger items like mattresses. Dealing with these rejections can be quite annoying. To avoid them, make sure that you don’t leave your mattress where a garbage truck will come by; instead, hang it on a fence or tree in such a way that it’s out of reach of animals and the weather conditions. Remember: if you are unsure about how to dispose of mattresses properly, contact a professional garbage disposal company.
WARNING! – Always check with local waste management officials about what can and cannot be thrown out with your regular garbage; sometimes certain items need to be taken to a specific disposal location. Taking your mattress to a regular dumpster, for example, could result in the item not being disposed of properly (or at all) and it could cause you legal troubles as well.
Minimize Cost by Using a Removal Service
Some people would prefer to deal with their old mattress as little as possible – perhaps because discarding an old mattress conjures up memories of lugging it into their house in the first place or maybe they don’t own a vehicle that is large enough for transporting larger items like mattresses. For these individuals, hiring a removal service can be just what’s needed: they’ll pick up your mattress from anywhere on your property and have it hauled away so that you don’t have to pay for any additional disposal fees. The only cost associated with this service is the initial charge – you won’t have any unexpected fees later on.
The best part of working with a removal company is that they’ll generally allow you to bring as many mattresses as you want, so if you’ve had numerous children or pets over the years and have accumulated a ton of old ones, it’s worth hiring these professionals. Some companies will even dispose of your mattress for free! Of course, be sure to ask about any potential charges before agreeing to work with one.
If You Want Options…
If all else fails and your mattress has some sentimental value (perhaps it was handed down from an older family member) or no garbage truck will take it, consider contacting a removal service that will remove the mattress for you. These companies will special order large-size items to be delivered and they’ll dispose of the item in an eco-friendly manner; even better is the fact that you don’t have to worry about getting rid of any old bedding or other materials in addition to your mattress because these companies are equipped with special trucks for such situations.
If You’re Still Unsure About Mattress Disposal…
While you can always dispose of an old mattress yourself, it’s important that you do so appropriately. Remember: improper disposal may incur additional costs or even legal problems. Before deciding on how to throw away your unwanted bedding, contact local officials regarding regulations and find out what type of items are accepted at landfills in your area. Another option would be to call several waste removal companies (or ask friends and family for referrals) until one agrees to take the item(s). If you already know how to get rid of mattresses but are unsure about where they should be taken, the city or county’s utility service should be able to direct you to the proper disposal facility.
If at any point you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to contact a professional removal company for assistance; they’ll be glad to help!