Frequently Asked Question: Mattresses
Helping countless individuals and families over the years, we've dealt with more than our share of old mattresses and box springs. As such, here are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of mattresses.
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- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Mattress FAQs
- Can you donate an old mattress?
- Does 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take old mattresses with bed bugs?
- Can old mattresses be recycled?
- What parts of a mattress can be recycled?
- Why is recycling a mattress is good for the environment?
- How do I know when it’s time to get a new mattress?
- Will an old mattress give me allergies?
- What happens when a mattress is recycled?
- Mattress FAQs
Can you donate an old mattress?
Absolutely! As long as your mattress is in good condition, it can be donated. This means your mattress should be free from stains, doesn’t have any rips or tears, and isn’t broken in any way. Each local charitable organization that accepts mattress donations will have slightly different standards for what they take, so it’s best to check with them before you drop it off.
If you want to avoid the hassle of transporting your mattress for donation on your own, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. When we arrive, just point to the mattress you want removed and we’ll provide you with an up-front, all-inclusive price. Once you say the word, we’ll haul your mattress away from wherever it’s located and get it out of your way for good.
Once we’ve picked up your old mattress, we’ll make sure it gets donated or recycled where possible. You can rest assured that your mattress will be disposed of responsibly.
Does 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take old mattresses with bed bugs?
Bed bugs present a unique problem, even when you’re ready to get rid of your old mattress. Rules and regulations differ from city to city, so accepting mattresses with bed bugs might not be possible for every 1-800-GOT-JUNK? location.
If you are dealing with a bed bug problem, simply let us know ahead of time, when you book your on-site estimate. If your region is able to accept it, we ask that you have a pest control professional treat and wrap your mattress completely in plastic before we arrive for pickup. It should also be labelled as “Contains Bed Bugs” to alert others who may handle the mattress. This helps to ensure that the bed bugs from your mattress aren't spread to other people's homes.
Can old mattresses be recycled?
Typically, this means taking your old mattress to a specialized recycling facility that is designed to handle mattresses. The process of recycling can involve many steps. Initially, it will be cut in half to help separate the materials. The metal pieces are then removed for further processing, and the rest of the fiber materials are shredded and baled.
Through mattress recycling, as much as 90% of the mattress can be reused. (Though this number varies widely from place to place.) That’s quite a lot of material that can be reused and turned into new products!
If you’re not sure where to take your mattress to be recycled, or simply don’t have the time to take care of if yourself, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is happy to help with your old mattress pick up! The process is easy—when we arrive, all you need to do is show us where your old mattress is located, and we’ll take care of the rest. All you have to do is point! You can rest easy knowing that your mattress has been properly recycled and disposed of.
What parts of a mattress can be recycled?
There are many parts of a mattress that can be recycled. Steel springs, wood frames, stuffing, and fabric are all contained in a mattress and can be recycled and reused in different ways. However, mattresses can’t simply be left out for pickup with your regular recycling. You’ll often need to find a facility that specializes in mattress recycling, and you’ll need to transport it there on your own. If you want to make sure all parts of your old mattress are recycled properly without the need to lift a finger, then our friendly and professional crew is the solution for you! Give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call—we’ll get that old mattress out of your way in no time and we’ll ensure your mattress gets recycled or properly disposed of.
Why is recycling a mattress is good for the environment?
When you decide to recycle your old mattress, you help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in your local landfill. Many parts of the mattress need to be recycled, as they take decades to decompose if they end up in a landfill. If you’re not sure how to go about getting your mattress recycled, or just want to avoid hauling the mattress yourself to the nearest transfer station for a fee, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. Our friendly, uniformed truck team will do all the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is point! We’re in your neighborhood and always happy to help!
How do I know when it’s time to get a new mattress?
You know that your mattress needs to go when you get aches and pains night after night. The springs in the mattress will also start to creak, meaning that they are no longer supporting the mattress properly. Sleeping on an old mattress could have long term effects on your health, so make sure to call us when you are ready to get it removed from your house. To schedule your no-obligation free estimate, call us or book online today!
Will an old mattress give me allergies?
It sure can. If you have allergy symptoms only at night time, your mattress could be infested with dust mites! They are one of the most common household allergens and like to hide themselves in the cotton folds of your mattress. If you think this is the case, it’s best to get rid of the mattress immediately and get a new one that is dust mite resistant. If you’ve decided to get rid of your old mattress, give us a call! We’ll do the heavy lifting for you. Just point and junk disappears!
What happens when a mattress is recycled?
Did you know that up to 80% of a mattress’ components are recyclable? Mattresses are first cut open to have the layers separated, than the different components such as foam and fiber are compressed. The springs and metal parts are sent to scrap metal recycling facilities and any wooden parts are recycled and used as a fuel source. If you are thinking about recycling your mattress, make it easy by calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll pick up your mattress right from where it’s located and load it into our truck. You won’t have to lift a finger!