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Can a mattress be thrown in a skip?

March 22, 2022 davidcrossan@googlemail.com Comments Off

On a daily basis, you probably don’t think much about your mattress. Indeed, because they’re often present for at least a couple of years,
you’re probably not thinking about it all. When the time comes to get rid of it, it frequently takes up a significant amount of mental space.
Mattresses are one of the most difficult bulky home waste items to dispose of, as they normally cannot be placed in a skip. So, what are
your options?

What is the life expectancy of a mattress?

The lifespan of a mattress is determined by the sort of mattress you have (pocket-sprung, memory foam, etc.). However, if you’re unsure
how long you’ve had your mattress, it may be worth contemplating whether or not to purchase a new one. Even though your mattress
continues to seem comfortable after a long length of time, it is more than likely to provide less support and will be far less hygienic than
when it was new. Every seven years, the Sleep Council suggests investing in a new mattress. Seven years equates to nearly 20,000
hours of mattress use, and given that humans lose half a pint of fluid each night and shed a pound of dead skin cells each year, tossing
your mattress after that long period of time may not seem so horrible!

Simple methods for disposing of your old mattress

It may surprise you how many different options for disposing of your old mattress exist, each with a different cost. We would always
recommend attempting to locate a firm that recycles your mattress, either in part or in its entirety. According to statistics, around 7.5
million mattresses are wasted in the United Kingdom each year, with far too many ending up in landfill. It’s detrimental to the environment
and highly unsustainable”both of which we strongly oppose at CKB Skip Hire!

1) Speak with the council.

The vast majority of local governments provide a collection and disposal service for bulky waste. This includes beds and mattresses, as
well as white goods such as refrigerators, freezers, and washing machines. While a few (very few) local authorities may collect your
mattress for free, the bulk will charge for collection and disposal (which can be pretty costly!). Additionally, your trash products may
frequently need to be put in a designated spot outside your home for collection, which means you may require assistance moving larger
items outdoors.

Contacting the council to dispose of your mattress is probably the most convenient alternative, as you will not have to cram it into the
back of your car. However, there is no guarantee that your mattress will not end up in a landfill, making this the least environmentally
friendly alternative.

2) Make a contribution

If your mattress is still usable, consider donating it to a charity or giving it away to someone in need. In this manner, you can help a fellow
human being while also ensuring that your mattress does not wind up in a landfill.

Large charitable organisations such as the British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross will resell your mattress and donate the
proceeds to a deserving cause. Others, such as the Furniture Donation Network, will make a direct donation of your mattress to someone
in need.

Often, charities like this will offer to collect your mattress for free, but they may require you to email photographs beforehand to
demonstrate that it is in good shape. Any organisation accepting a mattress donation must check that it is in good condition, clean, and
has an affixed, undamaged fire label.

3) Reduce, reuse, and recycle

In most circumstances, your mattress will be recyclable in part or in its entirety. You can always consult our professionals at CKB Skip
Hire, whether you’re renting a skip or we’re collecting it. Whether we are able to take it ourselves or not, you can generally count on our
specialists to make some sustainable recommendations!

While your mattress cannot be disposed of in a skip, many other heavy home items may be. Learn more about what you may and cannot
dispose of in a skip, or if you’re ready to hire a skip, simply enter your postcode for a quick price ” it couldn’t be easier!

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