Tops Mattress Disposal TipsPosted on August 24, 2017 in Tips
When was the last time you replaced your mattress? If it has been longer than seven years, you should probably consider getting a new one. If you keep it much longer … well, I’ll spare you the gory details, but it’s not pretty — especially with how much moisture is in the air here in Vancouver.
If it is that time to tidy up and treat yourself to a new bed, the looming question remains of what you do with that mite ridden, dead skin cell collector you call your old mattress.
Take a look at a few of the tips below on how to properly dispose of your old mattress.
Don’t just trash it
No matter how many springs are poking at your back, or how stained and smelly your mattress may be, the materials inside of your bed are recyclable.
Inside a mattress and box spring includes steel, wood, cotton, and foam, most of which can be reused or repurposed, and there are plenty of mattress removal companies that can get your mattress to where it needs to go.
Of course, you can take this task on yourself, but it might not be picked up at your curbside depending on where you live in the Lower Mainland. If you try to leave it on the curb or dump it illegally, you could be fined anywhere between $100 and $10,000.
You can take your used mattress and box spring to a transfer station or recycling depot, but it will cost you $15 to dispose of each item.
If you’re buying a new mattress, ask the store if they will pick up and recycle your old mattress. Sleep Country has some stores that have a comprehensive mattress recycling program for a small fee. They’ll pick up your old mattress when they deliver your new one.
Depending on the condition of your old mattress, someone else might be able to still get some use out of it.
Look into your local thrift and consignment stores to know what guidelines to follow when donating. It’s a drag to tie a mattress and a box spring to the top of your car or truck, only to be told that they can’t accept the item because of the shape it is in. Trust me, it’s not fun, especially when you live on the third-floor walkup.
Another option is homeless shelters and charities that would be interested in reusing your mattress. Call around and ask local mattress removal companies what they would do with your old mattress. They might be able to help find it a new home.
Know your local bylaws
It helps to do some research. Being as environmentally friendly as the Lower Mainland is, it makes sense that some municipalities help residents to pay the recycling fees.
Delta, for example, provides vouchers to residents to pay the recycling fee for mattresses and box springs to deter illegal dumping.
Take a look at some of the cities listed below to see how your area deals with mattress removal.
- Surrey has a large-item pickup pilot program where residents can schedule a pickup of their mattress and other household items.
- The city of Richmond offers $5 vouchers that allow residents to dispose of $25 of trash at a Vancouver landfill or transfer station. This way it would only cost you $10 to get rid of a mattress and box spring rather than $30
- In Burnaby, you can schedule a large item pick up for Monday through Friday
- Coquitlam waste management will pick up four large items each year, including mattresses and box springs
Let us take care of it
The easiest option is to call us at 604-TRASH-IT. Our team of professional movers and waste management specialists can get rid of as many mattresses, box springs, and any other items you want out of your house or office. After we’re done, we can hand you a detailed report of where all your items went.