Recycle Mattresses for a Better Future

Recycle Mattresses for a Better FutureEventually, a mattress will become useless to us. This may be due to damages caused by spills, a size issue, or simply because you need to purchase a more specialized one like the best mattress for lower back pain. Most of us would carry this mattress outside as a gift for the garbage collector and buy a new one. However, did you know that recycling a mattress is a much better alternative for many reasons? Let’s go through some of the reasons this is better than throwing mattresses away.

1) Recycling doesn’t take (much) space. When a mattress is thrown away, it ends up in a landfill. Imagine a landfill filled with not land but mattresses. The world is gradually lacking more and more space due to growing constructions and human populations. The least we can do is not contribute to this with mattresses that take decades to decompose. Mattresses are among many other items that clog our lands and pollute our environment even more.

2) Mattresses can be sold or given. Some people may benefit from an item that you no longer need, such as this mattress. Of course, please do not give away beds that are ridden with bed bugs or other potentially damaging issues. In the first case, it is best to first let the bed stay outside in the sun for a few days to get rid of the bed bugs. In both cases, please continue reading from the next point. Some specific thrift stores accept mattresses and you can look into that. In fact, you could disassemble the mattress and dispose/recycle smaller parts at different places for some cash–especially the steel coil.

3) Disassemble the mattress for other uses. According to the above-mentioned reason, disassembling can yield money. However, there are more benefits than that. They include using the cotton for various household needs such as a blanket, and using the wood box during a campfire or woodwork. The mattress can be broken down to very manageable pieces that can be rolled up.

4) Can you dispose of the mattress? The garbage collectors of some states/countries do not collect mattresses because they are too big. Some locations require you to drop the mattress off at a landfill and some will charge money. It would cost no less than $20 (often much more) to dispose of the mattress. Regardless of what the regulations include, we truly suggest you recycle because of the reasons we explained.

Recycling mattresses doesn’t have to be complicated. You have a few options: ask if the store at which you bought your mattress would accept it, search for a charitable organization that recycles mattresses, or inquire about companies that recycle for a fee. Among other online resources for recycling locations are: earth911.com, recyc-matelas.com (in Canada), and 1800gotjunk.com (US, Canada and Australia).
If you cannot seem to find a location, you can recycle sub-components of the mattress. We are trying to do more to encourage recycling of mattresses, and we hope that you will join us in this attempt to change for the better.

Also read: Volunteer By Snowblowing For Your Community

Volunteer By Snowblowing For Your Community

Volunteer By Snowblowing For Your CommunityVolunteering is a great way to involve yourself in the community. There is an endless list of different charities and most are always looking for more people willing to work. If joining a group is not your idea of fun, there are smaller acts of kindness you can do in your own neighborhood. Some tasks require a lot of time and others only a few extra minutes of your time. One of the best ways to help people in your neighborhood is to consider snow blowing more than just your driveway.

Snowblowing and shoveling snow can be very dangerous for the elderly or those with health issues. Even without health issues, snow blowing is one great activity you can do to assist those who are near. It only takes a few extra minutes and you are already doing your own driveway. They will truly appreciate the fact that they have one less thing on their plate. It is always best to ask the homeowner first just in case there is some reason they don’t want it done. More likely than not they will be glad that you offered.

When you are out snow blowing neighbors’ driveways, you can also shovel the walk up to their door. This will allow them to have easy access to their mailbox without snow getting in their way making it difficult to walk. Just don’t forget to put salt or another ice melt product down so that the walk does not become slippery. Taking care of our neighbors is a very rewarding experience for both participants. Knowing that you are helping out another is one of the greatest feelings in the world. If you don’t have a snowblower but this type of volunteer work appeals to you, look up the top 10 snow blowers in the market and see which one fits your needs and budget. You’d be surprised to find out that not all of these are expensive.

Snow blowing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you can do for others in your community. There are a million of other ways to show you care and help out in the community. Try looking for something that you enjoy doing or that is easy to do for a great start. Once you do that then move onto a larger project. There is nothing better than helping your neighbors and the gratitude will come flowing towards you.