Looking to get rid of that old mattress or box spring? In order to persuade citizens to dispose of their trash items responsibly the Denver area has implemented some of the highest dump rates in the nation. Items such as old mattresses and box springs have additional "large item" disposal fees making them very expensive to dispose of. Luckily Denver has many alternative options to getting rid of a mattress that are greener and more cost effective!!
The Traditional Method of Mattress Disposal: Landfill
The Denver Regional Landfill has minimums of almost $70 for dumping and around $35/piece for mattresses and box springs no matter what size. You also have to find a way to get it there! The worst part is mattresses take up on average
23 cubic feet of landfill space because they can't be broken down properly.
3 Alternative Mattress Disposal Methods in Denver
2. Mattress RECYCLING DROP-OFF
You can drop off old mattresses for recycling at Springback Colorado 3875 Steele St Denver, C0. Springback will charge $15/piece and will charge you at the time of drop-off.
3. DIY Mattress Recycling
To do this all you need is an exacto knife and some space (things may get messy). Simply cut around the edges of the mattress until you can take off the cover. Inside you will find foam and metal springs. Separate the foam and metal. You can actually bring the metal springs to the scrap yard and they will pay you for them. As for the foam you can shred it up and use it in dog beds, to make pillows or you can find a local carpet manufacturer who may pay you for the foam so they can use it for carpet underlay (same process with the box spring).
REDUCING BACK PAIN WHILE YOU SLEEP
Mattresses are one of the most important factors when looking to minimize back pain, as most people spend at least 7 hours on them each night. Sleeping on a poorly crafted or worn-out mattress can cause back pain as they usually lack support and can effect the alignment of the back
The majority of back stiffness occurs while sleeping, to reduce this from occurring you can
FOLLOW THESE TIPS:
1) Make sure that your pillow can support your neck. Sleep on a contoured pillow to avoid neck strain - you want to keep your neck and spine in-line while you sleep.
2) Try putting a small pillow between your knees when you sleep. This will help keep your hips in-line, avoiding lower back stiffness.
3) Ensure your mattress is big enough for you and your partner. If you are sharing a small mattress, you may sleep in awkward positions because you are being crowded out.
4) A saggy mattress contributes to muscle stiffness and chronic back pain, this can be avoided by purchasing an orthopedic mattress topper that contains more support than a regular mattress. We suggest: http://www.lumbarsleepsystem.com if you are looking for the best in toppers for back support! They have made their topper especially for people with back pain and they have tons of highly positive reviews
5) Your bed should be a height that makes it easy to get into and out of. When getting in, sit on the edge, lower your body on to one elbow and shoulder, and draw up your knees and then feet. Reverse the procedure to get out.
**Another more expensive option is to go for an adjustable bed. They are different than standard flat beds because they allow users to change the incline angle of the head of the bed and, in many cases, at the foot of the bed as well. A slight incline of the head (no more than 45 degrees), coupled with additional support under the knees, can help reduce pain, particularly leg and back pain from herniated discs and/or spinal stenosis.
San Diego mattress removal is very limited, and if you are looking to dispose responsibly of your mattress is gets even more limited. The dump charges around $35 yet they do not dispose of the mattresses responsibly and you have to find a way to get it to the dump, which can be prove to be difficult. You can call a junk company but once again they do not recycle the mattresses and they will generally charge you over upwards of $150-$200. Here at A Bedder World we dispose of your mattresses responsibly by recycling them. We charge you a flat fee upfront starting at $59. That fee includes up picking up and recycling your old mattress. You can easily book online from the comfort of your home and Poof! your mattress will be gone! Help save the world and your pocket one mattress at a time San Diego! Book online here.
San Diego is now the 8th largest city on the U.S. and its still growing! With all of its beauty and vast array of activities to offer it is no wonder that people continue to flock to the city of San Diego. With lots of people comes lots of trash. And with lots of trash comes means for responsible disposal. A Bedder World mattress recycling will pick up and remove all of San Diego's mattresses and box springs and dispose of them in a responsible manner. Our prices are very affordable and we have been the #1 mattress removal team for many years. Go to http://www.abedderworld.com to schedule a pick up online. We are very affordable and our pick up team is super friendly. We also take other items you may have. So if you see a truck with mattresses stacked higher than the eye can see driving through San Diego just give us a wave and know that we are helping to clean up San Diego one mattress at a time.
How Do you Recycle a mattress?After your mattress arrives at our facility in Denver, it will be sliced apart separating the foam, cotton, wood, and steel.
- The steel will be recycled at the local Denver scrap yard.
-The foam and cotton will be sent to a Denver shredder on its way back into the loop of manufactured goods to be turned into a variety of items including carpet pad.
-The wood will be recycled for a variety of different uses.
Schedule a Pick Up Today
Our mission is to prevent mattresses/box springs and other large items from overloading Denver landfills or going to illegal Colorado resellers. In order to do this we donate or fully break down and recycle each mattress we recover.
Little Known Mattress Recycling Facts:
Did you know that:
A Bedder World's trucks head all over Denver and the Denver metro area. Our Goal? To pick up and recycle Denver's old mattresses. Each mattress we pick up is torn apart and 95% of the materials inside will be reused in various different industries. Mattresses recently have become a major issue in landfills, they take up a lot of space and are difficult to break down. So next time you have an old mattress call 720-263-6094 or go to abedderworld.com to schedule a pick up!
National poll ranks Denver fifth "greenest" city in U.S.By Anthony Cotton
The Denver Post
POSTED: 06/30/2011 10:25:34 AM MDT21 COMMENTS
UPDATED: 06/30/2011 06:25:32 PM MDT
On a beautiful sun-splashed day earlier this week, Jamie Gloss and a friend found themselves tooling around downtown Denver on bicycles they had rented from a kiosk near the 16th-street Mall.
"It's good for the environment and it's a fun alternative," Gloss said. "It's quicker than walking and cheaper than finding and paying for a parking garage."
While Gloss readily admits she was born in Boulder, chances are she didn't know her excursion — and her "Save the Earth" attitude - is precisely one of the reasons why Siemens has ranked Denver as the fifth-greenest city in North America.
"We see a lot of exemplary things that are happening in Denver," said Alison Taylor, Siemens' vice-president for sustainability.
"The city has very clean and efficient energy policies and a robust environmental governance performance — it's not just having plans on paper, but also plans that have teeth; plans that are effective with enforcement behind them."An engineering conglomerate based in Germany, Siemens recently began indexing continents around the world; in the North American study, released today, the company, along with the Economist Intelligence Unit, rated 27 cities throughout North America on environmental criteria in nine areas ranging from land use to buildings to transportation.
Denver finished first in energy consumption and governance, finishing with an overall score of 73.5, trailing San Francisco, Vancouver, New York City and Seattle.
The bottom three cities on the list were Cleveland, St. Louis and Detroit."We all get rankings like this and are anxious to see where we fit against our peers, but to be perfectly honest, we're really excited to be in the top five, to be recognized for all the work we've done throughout the city with the Greenprint Initiative," said Scott Morrissey, deputy Greenprint Denver is the city's office for environmental and sustainability issues.
Erin Jacobs, 14, of Commerce City, enjoys reading a book at the library. The carpet tiling system and millwork are composed of a minimum 35% recycled materials. The new Green Valley Ranch library was derived from community comments emphasizing the library's proximity to the landscape of the plains and the airplanes of Denver International Airport. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Formed five years ago, then-mayor John Hickenlooper proclaimed the Greenprint group and its efforts "an effective force for innovation and leadership to improve the environment."
But even the most ardent supporters of the Green movement admit that isn't always easy, with the public often balking at perceived intrusions into their daily lives, whether it's using compact florescent lightbulbs (CFLs) or purchasing smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.
"When it comes to the environment, people are willing to at least consider a few changes in habits or a few dollars here and there, but clearly there are limits," said Joel Makower, chairman of the GreenBiz Group and an expert on environmental issues. "You can put solar panels on your roof, but that costs money and, if you notice, not many people are doing it.
"Those are harder choices. But the attitude that green costs money is an unfortunate myth. It really has less to do with cost than with change - and change is hard, whether it's individuals, households, businesses, communities, governments and institutions. Green succeeds in the marketplace only in the extent that it makes things better-a better company, a better business, a better household, a better quality of life."
To that end, Greenprint Denver has made a point of not talking up the environmental impact of its work, but rather the greenbacks that can be saved.
From left to right David Gonzales, 4 and his sister Stephanie, 2, and older brother Gil, 5 enjoy playing on the computer at the library. The new Green Valley Ranch library was derived from community comments emphasizing the library's proximity to the landscape of the plains and the airplanes of Denver International Airport. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
On Wednesday it launched an initiative that encouraged city residents to take advantage of free energy efficiency services, including CFLs and faucet and shower aerators, that would reduce energy bills. To help spread the word, the group is literally going door-to-door in Denver neighborhoods.
"The fact that we're working directly with the neighborhoods, either with a registered neighborhood association or a registered green team, it makes it easier to make that sales pitch," Morrissey said. "They're people from the neighborhood, saying, 'Hey I live down the street from you and I've taken advantage of this rebate from Xcel Energy. You might want to look into it too.'"
The same approach applies in Greenprint Denver's work with businesses and corporations as well, the group emphasizing the money that can be saved in up-front costs.
An example of that was the Greenprint Denver's work with the Better Denver Bond Program. When the $550 million effort was established, Greenprint was on board with a sustainability committee that helped the various agencies look at the long-term costs and efficiencies of their projects.
"They were making decisions with the future use of the building in mind," Morrissey said. "To make sure we don't cut corners in the construction and have that increase costs in the operation of the building."
So when the Green Valley Ranch library opened in March, for example, the $11.4 million facility not only included self-checkout stations but low-flow water fixtures, solar tubes, day-lighting and evaporative cooling systems inside the building as well. According to Greenprint Denver, the library will use 60 percent less energy and 40 percent less water annually than buildings using conventional design approaches.
And while that may not have a direct impact on someone living in Washington Park or Five Points, Makower says there's a cumulative effect.
"People want to be proud of where they live. We're all looking for good stories and heroes, whether it's companies or governments or neighbors or our families and they're fewer and farther between these days. But civic pride still marks high in people's minds as something they can point to and be proud of."
Anthony Cotton: 303-954-1292 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You will typically spend about a third of your life asleep and therefore lying on a mattress. As well as being an important companion throughout this large piece of your life, your mattress has a very big influence on the rest of your day. Trying to cope through the day after a inadequate night's sleep is not usually very pleasant and not conducive to getting the best out of life. Nor is waking up sore or with back pain.
Yet for those who suffer these problems, many do not realize that it's their bed, and in particular their mattress, which is the cause of their difficulties. Mattresses have a set useful life, after which they simply are no longer useful and can be downright detrimental, with possibly disastrous effects on your health. If you aren't getting sufficient good quality sleep over a long it can have terrible effects such as:
- heart disease
- memory impairment
- dramatic weight gain
Not only that, but a poor mattress can cause or exacerbate painful back and other muscle and joint problems. So how do you know if your mattress needs replacing - before it starts causing problems? Let's start with some easy to spot pointers to a mattress which should be sent to the bin. See if the mattress sags obviously even without any weight on it. A mattress which is still good should not. When you do lie down on it, are you already aware that you're lying in a deep depression or rut (not just the normal give from accommodating your weight)? Either of these symptoms indicates that the mattress needs to be thrown away and replaced. If the mattress is older than ten years then it has reached the end of its useful (unless the manufacturer specifies a greater lifespan). Other signs which may indicate you have a poor mattress include noticing that you sleep better away from home or waking up sore every morning.
Now there is some good news if your mattress does need to be replaced. Mattress technology has has really benefited from modern technology over the last decade. So though the need to spend some cash on a new mattress may not be welcome, you'll really enjoy the results once you get your new bed. If you can afford it, pay particular attention to the relatively new memory foam technology when considering a new mattress. The rise of these types of mattresses has been meteoric in the last few years and with good reason. Memory foam is probably the most comfortable mattress technology available and a least one study has suggested it can have a positive effect on people who already suffer from back pain. Also think about whether you want to take the opportunity to upgrade your bed size, particularly if you share a bed. So called standard size is really quite small and even a queen is pretty modest for two adults. Why not give yourself lots of room and check out king mattresses
Are you recycling? Why not?Efforts to cut landfill waste in the city and county of Denver are good, but not great, with only 44 percent of eligible residents participating. Nationally, Colorado figures are nothing to rave about.
By The Denver Post Editorial BoardPOSTED: 07/14/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT1 COMMENT
Denver's obvious enthusiasm for its new curbside recycling program is good news, indeed.
In 2006, city residents recycled enough paper to save 212,000 trees and enough steel to build 53 steel- framed houses.
Denverites, it seems, have made a real effort to fill their 65-gallon, wheeled purple bins with stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill. About 44 percent of eligible residents - those in single-family homes or small, multi-unit buildings - have signed up for the program.
While it's off to a good start, both Denver and the state of Colorado have a long way to go.
Last year, Denver recycled only 10 percent of its municipal waste stream. That's less than Colorado as a whole, which recycled only 12.5 percent of its waste, according to a study by Columbia University and BioCycle, a magazine that has been reporting on recycling for 47 years.
Colorado's recycling efforts rank it the 12th worst in the nation, which is abysmal for a state where conservation and environmental protection are such high public priorities.
In contrast, Oregon recycled nearly 46 percent of its waste and Minnesota, more than 43 percent.
Charlotte Pitt, Denver's recycling program manager, said Colorado's low recycling rate reflects a lack of government recycling mandates, lots of space for landfills and the low cost of constructing them. Landfills are cheap to build here because of high clay levels in the state's soil, which provide natural liners.
Given these built-in disincentives, we were glad to see the legislature pass a bill last session that raises dump fees on used tires to provide grants and loans for recycling programs.
Increasing recycling is good public policy for many reasons. It extends the life of landfills, conserves natural resources, creates jobs and diverts from landfills paper and cardboard that would otherwise decompose and produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Beyond Denver's recent efforts, other Colorado cities have successful recycling programs including Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland, which diverts more than 50 percent of its municipal waste from landfills.
Nationally, the recycling rate is less than 30 percent, a rate that grew significantly through the 1980s and stalled about a decade ago. Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommended that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency keep better tabs on recycling efforts, since the EPA, surprisingly enough, does not keep state-by-state recycling rates.
The report also identified key practices that boosted resident participation in recycling programs, including making it more convenient, offering financial incentives (such as lowering garbage rates for recyclers), and educating the public.
In Denver, city officials hope to introduce other programs that would capture organic materials and waste from large, multifamily buildings. By 2011, the city hopes to divert 30 percent of the waste stream away from landfills.
It's a laudable goal. We hope that Denver's successful start, along with new state incentives, will encourage other Colorado cities to develop their own programs.
A Bedder World has been removing and disposing of Louisville's mattresses for years. Instead of having them end up in the dump we actually tear them apart and recycle up to 95% of the materials inside! So next time you have a an old mattress or box spring to get rid of Louisville, call A Bedder World. www.abedderworld.com 720-263-6094.
Listen up Denver community! It is spring cleaning time and you may be wondering what to do with those old mattresses and box springs. Well we have a solution for you. There are a few ways to get rid of a mattress in the Denver community. Dump it on the side of the road, pay large fees at the dump, try to sell it on craigslist, pay overpriced fees with corporate junk companies, OR you can call A Bedder World and get that old mattress and box spring removed for an affordable price. We also recycle each mattress we collect so you know that it is going to a great place. Denver is a green town and we would like to help keep it that way. go to abedderworld.com to schedule a pick up today or call 720-263-6094.
Here's something to sleep on tonight: In just one day at a local landfill, more than 300 old mattresses and box springs arrive for burial...
By Tom Watson
Special to NWhomes
Here’s something to sleep on tonight: In just one day at a local landfill, more than 300 old mattresses and box springs arrive for burial. If you laid them out end-to-end, they would stretch more than a third of a mile. And that’s just from one day.
Why should you care? Because, as sleepers, we all contribute to this disposal problem.
Old mattresses don’t go away easily. Mattresses are bulky, generally not reusable, and difficult to recycle. Even putting them in a landfill doesn’t work well.
But there are solutions, and that’s where you come in.
The final resting place
Since most retailers will take your old mattress when you buy a new one, retailers haul truckloads of mattresses directly to King County’s Cedar Hills Landfill in Maple Valley. The mattresses also come to the landfill from King County’s solid waste transfer stations, brought in by residents and businesses.
Landfill equipment operators hate mattresses. Driving giant bulldozer-type machines, their goal is to pack the garbage down tightly before it is covered. But mattresses don’t compact well. Even worse, the mattress springs pop out and get tangled in the equipment, often damaging it. Cedar Hills Landfill operations supervisor Dean Voelker calls this “a huge problem.”
Because mattresses are so difficult to handle, landfills around the nation have increased the fees they charge to accept mattresses, especially in large quantities. King County will soon begin classifying bulk loads of mattresses as “special waste,” which is charged a higher fee.
Dreams of recycling
Even the adage “Reduce, reuse, recycle” doesn’t really apply to mattresses. It’s hard to reduce the quantities of mattresses being used and disposed of, although if more people coupled up, I guess that would help.
And most people have no interest in buying a used mattress. Retailers do donate some lightly-used mattresses to charities, but most charities do not accept old mattresses from the public.
That leaves recycling. Manufacturers construct mattresses very tightly so they won’t come apart easily, which is great, until you try to recycle them. To separate the components for recycling, mattresses can be “filleted” (an actual industry term) manually with a box-cutter, which takes a fair amount of time and energy. Or they can be shredded, which requires expensive equipment.
A standard mattress and box spring consist primarily of steel, polyurethane foam, cotton and other fabric, and wood. Good recycling markets usually exist for the steel, and markets could also likely be found for the foam. Because of the condition of the fabric and wood that comes out of old mattresses and box springs, those materials currently have few reliable markets.
The value of the recycled materials alone will not cover the costs of mattress recycling. However, mattress recycling may make sense financially as an alternative to landfills, if you take into account the true costs of landfilling, according to a report by the International Sleep Products Association’s Mattress Disposal Task Force.
A few mattress recycling operations have started up in recent years in Massachusetts, Minnesota and the San Francisco Bay Area. But the task force report and other industry-supported research suggest that mattress recycling will not flourish until a funding mechanism is developed.
What you can do
When local governments have to spend more money to deal with mattresses than other types of garbage, we all pay for those extra costs. So what can we, as consumers, do to help solve the mattress disposal problem, and to reduce the environmental impacts of mattresses?
• Support industry and government actions to address the disposal issue. If these efforts someday result in a small “advance recycling fee” when you buy a mattress — a system used for other problem items such as tires and car batteries — think of it as money well spent.
• In the meantime, when you buy a new mattress, consider mattresses made with fewer petroleum products and toxic chemicals. It’s always good to use less of those, and keep them out of the landfill. Search online for “green mattresses” or “organic mattresses.”
• Extend the life of your mattress by maintaining it well. Many manufacturers and retailers recommend that you rotate and flip a new mattress every two weeks for the first six months, then every three months after that. Don’t bend a new mattress or jump on it, and never allow a mattress to get wet.
You’ll sleep better knowing that you’re taking care of your mattress, and the planet.
MATTRESSES ARE ALMOST COMPLETELY RECYCLABLE!The great tragedy of the vast quantities of mattresses which end up in landfills is that most materials in mattresses can be recycled. According to mattress recyclers, 85% to 95% of the material used in a mattress can be recycled.
HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MOST COMMON RECYCLABLE MATERIALS FOUND IN MATTRESSES:STEELThe average mattress contains 25 pounds of steel. By weight, steel makes up the largest component of an average mattress. With steel recycling facilities across the USA, it is also the easiest component to recycle. One issue that mattress recyclers can have is compacting steel springs enough so that they can be transported to a scrapyard in a cost effective manner. Once removed from the mattress, the steel can be melted down and reused.
POLYURETHANE FOAM Most mattresses also contain a large amount of polyurethane foam, which is fairly simple to reuse. Foam can be shredded and sold to carpet padding manufactures. Carpet padding manufacturers compress the shredded foam and bond the shredded pieces together to create carpet padding. Thicker “rebond” foam can also be created through a similar process. Rebond foam can be found in vehicle seating, motorcycle seating, exercise equipment and many other applications where extremely dense foam is needed.
NATURAL FIBERSNatural Fibers such as cotton can be shredded or used to create fiber like yarn. This yarn will then be cleaned and respun before being reused in another textile application. If the fibers are shredded they will go through a similar cleaning process before being used as a filling in a new application such as a sofa cushion, dog bed or even another mattress.
SYNTHETIC FIBERSSynthetic fibers such as polyester are shredded and granulated into small polyester “chips”. These chips can be melted and used in new polyester textiles. Many clothing items and mattress fabrics incorporate recycled polyester.
CONSIDER REUSING YOUR MATTRESS
Before you call up your local mattress recycling facility, there are some other options you may want to consider. Consider giving your old mattress to a friend or family member. Many old mattresses can be given new life with a new comfortable mattress topper. Putting your old mattress back into use is the ultimate way to recycle it. It is the least energy intensive and most cost effective way to improve old mattress. If you can not find anyone that will take your mattress, you may be able to give it away (or sell it) on craigslist. You can also check with local charities or thrift stores to see if they accept used mattresses. (This is becoming harder due to the increasing presence and awareness of bed bugs) Be sure to check with the charity to ensure your mattress can be reused. The most common mattress size in the US is Queen but charities are usually most in need of Twin or Twin XL mattresses.
MATTRESS RECYCLING IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDEIf you've considered the above possibilities and still want to get rid of your old mattress, it's time to find a mattress recycling facility! Check out our list of mattress recyclers to find the best option near you. We have tried to ensure all of the information is as complete and accurate as possible but you should call to confirm before dropping your mattress off. If you have any additional information we can add to our list, please let us know!
Boulder seems to be the recycling mecca of the US. With granola galore, gluten-free this and diary-free that, you can't seem to get away from "going green". But there are many things such as mattresses and box springs that can be a little more difficult to dispose of responsibly. Many dumps and donation locations no longer take mattresses or they will charge you large fees, due to their negative environmental impact. Mattresses and box springs don't break down easily and therefore sit in landfills taking up loads and loads of unnecessary space. So what is your other option? Recycling. At A Bedder World we recycle up to 95% of the materials inside your old mattresses and box springs. Creating for recycled materials to be made and less room in the landfill. So next time you have an old mattress or box spring go to abedderworld.com and schedule a pick up to dispose of that mattress and box spring in an eco-friendly manner! We do all the work from removing to recycling. Sleep "bedder" knowing you disposed of your mattress responsibly!
Among the fastest growing cities in the country, Denver, Colorado is also considered to be a cultural and economic hub. Home to roughly 650,000 people in the metro area, it is popular and has a great reputation. However, it is also home to traditionalDenver weather, which is extremely unpredictable. This means that it can be excessively hot in Summer and yet can also have ice storms in the winter.
This leaves residents with the need for air conditioning as well as heating. Extremes are never good for people, but are even worse for buildings, flooring, and furnishing. One type of furnishing that seems to get the worst exposure to extremes is actually bedding. It has to deal with humid conditions and then with drying heat. This can cause the materials to breakdown faster than expected, and a mattress meant to last ten years may not make it that long.
This leads to the need for responsible mattress disposal and recycling in Denver and A Bedder World is your solution!
Mattress removal for the city of Denver is becoming a major issue. Whether you are moving, purchasing a new mattress online or simply trying to get rid of junk, mattresses can be a hassle to get off your hands. There are many junk companies throughout Denver and the metro area that will offer to take your mattress for a hefty fee, and it ends up in the dump. If you want to take it to the dump you will still end up spending more tun $40/piece at the local Denver waste facilities. So at this point you may be wondering how to get rid of your mattress. A Bedder World is your answer. A Bedder world picks up mattresses in the Denver area and recycles them, for half the price of local junk companies. Visit abedderworld.com or call 720-263-6094 to schedule an affordable and eco-friendly pick up in the Denver area today!
Denver is one of the largest cities in the United States and with its huge environmental influence it is no wonder people want to dispose of their belongings (and mattresses) in an environmentally friendly manner. A Bedder World removes and recycles mattresses and box springs all over Colorado and the front range. We pick up at your door and then take your old mattress and box spring to a facility where the mattresses and box springs are torn apart and fully recycled. So Denver, next time you are moving or just getting a new mattress think about the impact you wan to make on the environment and your wallet and choose A Bedder World for your mattress disposal needs, we are quick, efficient, eco-friendly, and cheaper than the other junk companies in the area. So give us a call Denver, you won't regret making the world a "Bedder" place.
How to Dispose of MattressesRuth de JaureguiDIY Home Maintenance Specialist
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A lumpy old mattress can be recycled into its component parts.
Disposing of a mattress that has seen better days isn't always easy. Every municipal waste agency and garbage company has specific rules regarding large items, such as appliances, couches and mattresses. While specific details vary, there are three main methods of disposing of a mattress -- call for a bulk pickup, drop it off at a waste facility, or if it's still in good usable condition, donate it to charity.
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Being green has been a way of life in this small Rocky Mountain city ever since prescient city planners started preserving parkland in 1898. Today, with more than 42,000 acres of pristine land cushioning the city from urban sprawl, Boulder is a place where hiking trails, rock-climbing areas, picnic spots and fishing holes are within reach of every resident. But there’s more to this city than just a pretty face. It’s a place where more than 90 percent of residents recycle, where new water meters are not allowed above certain elevation, thus protecting ridgelines and peaks, and where, when recent federal tax cuts gutted city budgets, residents voted themselves a third sales-tax hike to raise $51 million to buy and protect even more open land.
How can I recycle my old mattress if the place I buy a new one from doesn’t take it? What do mattress companies do with old mattresses when they do take them? Do they recycle any of the material?
-- J. Belli, Bridgeport, CT
A typical mattress is a 23 cubic foot assembly of steel, wood, cotton and polyurethane foam. Given this wide range of materials, mattresses have typically been difficult to recycle—and still most municipal recycling facilities won’t offer to do it for you. But along with increasing public concerns about the environment—and a greater desire to recycle everything we can—has come a handful of private companies and nonprofit groups that want to make sure your old bed doesn’t end up in a landfill.
The Lane County, Oregon chapter of the charity St. Vincent de Paul Society, for example, has spearheaded one of the nation’s most successful mattress recycling initiatives via its DR3 (“Divert, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”) program. “Keeping [mattresses] out of landfills is a matter of efficiently recycling them so their core materials can be reincarnated into any number of new products,” reports the group, which opened a large mattress recycling center in Oakland, California in 2001. (Why hundreds of miles away in Oakland? To “go where the mattresses are,” says Chance Fitzpatrick of the group.) The facility has been processing upwards of 300 mattresses and box springs per week ever since.
During the recycling process, each mattress or box spring is pushed onto a conveyor belt, where specially designed saws cut away soft materials on the top and bottom, separating the polyurethane foam and cotton fiber from the framework. The metal pieces are magnetically removed, and the remaining fiber materials are then shredded and baled. The whole process takes one worker just three to four minutes per mattress.
On a slow day, the DR3 facility recycles some 1,500 pounds of polyurethane foam, which totals a half million or more pounds over the course of a year. “A well-oiled recycling factory can reuse 90 percent of the mattress,” reports Josh Peterson of Discovery’s Planet Green website. “The cotton and cloth get turned into clothes. The springs and the foam get recycled, and the wood gets turned into chips.”
While the DR3 facility only takes mattresses from a small group of waste haulers and individuals around the San Francisco Bay Area, other mattress recyclers are popping up around the U.S. and beyond. Some examples include Nine Lives Mattress Recycling in Pamplico, South Carolina; Conigliaro Industries in Framingham, Massachusetts; MattCanada in Montreal, Québec; and Dreamsafe in Moorabbin, Australia. To find a mattress recycler near you, consult the free online database at Earth911.org.
Those who aren’t near a recycling facility might consider giving their old mattress away. But many health departments prohibit donating mattresses to charities like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. So what’s an upgraded sleeper with a perfectly good old mattress to do? The web-based Freecycle Network allows people to post stuff to give away to anyone willing to come pick it up; likewise, chances are your local version of Craigslist also has a “free” section where you can post that it as available.