That old saggy, squeaky mattress.
Everyone has one or will encounter one eventually.
Ours came from a friend in college. My husband used it for a while post-graduation, then it was our bed when we moved in together, and then it was finally relegated to the guest room when we moved two summers ago.
It has to be at least 10 years old and we tried to cover up the body divets we created with a mattress topper, but this baby is done.
We also don’t have any space for a queen-sized bed anymore because an actual baby is about to take over the guest room.
As we purge the items in the guest room to make room for its new inhabitant, I am trying to be very cognizant of where everything is ending up. I could have definitely posted the mattress, box spring, topper, and metal frame on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for an extremely low price or even for free. I also could have put it in the alley and hope someone picked it up before the garbagemen did. It is important to note that most charities do not accept used mattress donations.
All in all, I figured both those options will eventually end with our mattress in a landfill. Sure, handing our old mattress off to someone else will extend its life for a little longer, but what are the chances the person who takes it is going to properly dispose of it when they are done with it?
So we decided to delay the inevitable and recycle our mattress.
The most annoying part of being a responsible person is that I have to pay for this to occur, but keeping our sad mattress out of the landfill is important to me, so here we are.
The first thing I did was get a handful of quotes from mattress recycling and removal services:
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? $186
- Mattress Disposal Plus $164
- JunkRelief $145
I ended up going with JunkRelief for obvious reasons. It was wonderful for movers to come in and just take all of it away in under 10 minutes. There was no way I was going to be helping anyone get a box spring down a set of winding stairs while pregnant. No way.
All in all, while I am out $145, I don’t feel too bad about it. I am happy it is gone and I am happy it is properly taken care of it.
Great that you have the option to do so, though I’m sure the cost deters others less environmentally conscious. Good on you!
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