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Sustainable practices have become an important part of our daily lives because of the concern for environmental conservation and preservation. We are aware of the damage caused by the improper disposal of waste and the need for sustainable waste removal.
So when it comes to replacing your bed, you are now faced with the challenge of how to dispose of your old mattress in an eco-friendly manner.
Although throwing out your old mattress seems like a simple option, breaking up your mattress to discard the smaller pieces or even burn them is not advisable. Disposing of your old mattress in this way will contribute to landfill pollution which is already a problem in the UK. If you decide to burn the components you may create a fire hazard. The fumes from burning the components are damaging to the environment and yourself. You may even get into trouble with the local authorities.
But there are various sustainable methods for mattress removal and disposal, so next time you have a mattress to dispose of here are some hints and tips for you to use an environmentally friendly option.
- Before disposing of your mattress, check with your local authorities to see if there are any specific regulations or guidelines for mattress disposal. Some cities may have special collection events or drop-off locations for bulky items like mattresses. If you need assistance in transporting an awkward item such as an old mattress consider using a professional junk removal company.
- If your mattress is in excellent condition consider selling it. Sites like Gumtree, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace are good places to start. A guideline of how much to expect for your mattress: price it at about 25% of the original price. This should guarantee you a sale.
- Consider the possibility of donating it to a charitable organization, a thrift store, or someone else who could reuse it. If your mattress is in good condition there might be individuals or organizations that could benefit from it. Charitable organizations, shelters, or second-hand stores often accept clean and usable mattresses to support families in need or sell them to raise funds. The mattress would need to meet certain criteria and health standards for acceptance.
- Popular charities like British Heart Foundation, Red Cross, and Salvation Army will collect your mattress from you if you have no other way of getting it to them.
- Recycle it. If your mattress is beyond repair and cannot be donated, look into recycling options. Companies that specialize in mattress recycling break down the materials into components like steel, foam, and fabric that can be reused in other products. For example, foam is used to make flooring underlay, and springs are used to manufacture new metal products.
- Many mattress retailers now offer recycling programs. They will take your old mattress away and dispose of it if you buy a new one from them.
- Does your council offer the service of removing bulky waste items? This will not be a free service but will normally be cheaper than a private waste removal service. However, a private waste removal company will collect your mattress at a time that is convenient for you. Unlike the council, they will also be able to load up a wider range of your waste types and remove them at the same time.
- The fastest, most convenient way of getting rid of your old mattress is to use a private waste removal company like Junk Removal Wirral. A man and van company will remove it from your property and make sure that it is disposed of responsibly. Be on the lookout for fly-by-night waste removal outfits who do not have the correct accreditation and who tend to fly-tip your waste.
Why Does Responsible Disposal of Your Mattress Matter?
Proper disposal of all our waste has become part of our daily routine. We separate our waste into the correct bins for recycling, but we need to consider how to dispose of large items such as a mattress. It is a struggle to move a mattress, and the worst way to dispose of it would be to just dump it in the landfill and forget about it.
Mattresses are 90% recyclable but unfortunately, only about 16% are recycled in the UK, so there is room for improvement. At the recycling center, the different components are segregated, compacted into large bales, and sent on to the end destinations.
- The metal springs are melted down and processed to be used as new light iron products.
- Foam is sent to a waste-to-energy plant to be generated into energy, or it is cleaned and manufactured into industrial carpet underlay.
- Mattress filling or wadding is reprocessed to be used in the filling of pet cushions.
In conclusion, mattresses do not belong in the landfill. Besides being bulky and taking up a lot of space, they take more than ten years to decompose. Their non-biodegradable parts pollute soil and groundwater during this process. It is therefore important to carefully consider how to dispose of your old mattress when you decide to upgrade to a new one.
Junk Removal Wirral for Responsible Mattress Disposal
When you need responsible mattress disposal, our friendly man and van team are only a click away. We can also remove any other bulky household items such as fridges, carpets, and sofas.
We arrive at a time agreed upon, pick up your unwanted items, load them up, and even clean up after ourselves. Your time is too important to be stressing about household waste so leave it to us! We dispose of all your waste in a responsible manner, recycling where possible, and only using the landfill as a last resort.
Please contact us today for a No Obligation quote for your waste removal in the Wirral, Liverpool, Chester, and Ellesmere Port areas.
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