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Mattress Recycling: NYC Options

February 10, 2018.

You’ve seen them, bagged and waiting on the curb throughout New York City: old, unwanted mattresses. People may say New York is the city that never sleeps, but the sheer volume of discarded mattresses waiting for DSNY pickup tells a different story.

For ecologically responsible New Yorkers, the idea of tossing a mattress into a landfill is distasteful, to say the least. They’re full of recoverable materials, from metals to reusable foam.

Green Disposal for a Mattress? Recycling, NYC Sanitation and You

When most New Yorkers want to get rid of an old mattress, they schedule pickup through the Department of Sanitation. To avoid fines and penalties, as well as the spread of bedbugs, all mattresses must be encased in specialty bags. These bags are not provided by DSNY, so you’ll have to purchase one at your own expense. You’ll have to wrestle the mattress into a giant bag, then haul it down to the curb yourself. DSNY will come to take it away, which is where things get sticky for eco-conscious New Yorkers. This default disposal method does not include recycling.

What are your options when it comes to mattress recycling? NYC is home to a small number of recycling centers that accept mattresses but navigating the logistics of transporting your old mattress to the appropriate location can be a nightmare in such a densely populated city.

Removing a bulky mattress by yourself will require not only the muscle to wrestle a large mattress out to the curb but also a way to transport it to a recycling center. Most people do not have access to a vehicle large enough to transport a mattress, so you’ll have to be a bit more creative with your disposal plan. It can seem easier and more efficient to schedule removal through DSNY, despite the environmental impact of such a choice.

If you’re buying a new mattress, the retailer may offer pickup with delivery. It’s important to note, though, that most retailers do not partner with recycling initiatives simply because they’re not required to absorb this expense by law.

Ethical and Responsible Mattress Disposal

When you’re looking for a more ethical option to get rid of an old mattress, you’ll quickly learn most of your New York City options are limited. For people in all five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, there’s a better solution.

At Jiffy Junk, we care about the environmental impact of disposal, from the largest commercial jobs to a single mattress. That’s why we partner with recycling and donation facilities throughout the area to minimize landfill reliance. We’ll come to your home or place of business to collect your old mattress, along with anything else you want to dispose of in a more ethical manner, and we’ll work to ensure the greenest possible method of removal.

True white-glove service means our trained and experienced technicians will leave your space cleaner than we found it, swept free of dust and debris. No heavy lifting, no wrangling with difficult bags and, best of all, no worries about sending your mattress to a landfill.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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