Need to get rid of your old box springs the easy way?
Once box springs have outlived their usefulness, they simply aren’t much good to anyone. Getting rid of old box springs mattresses can present a real challenge. After all, old box springs are bulky and usually quite ugly, heavy, cumbersome, and of minimal usefulness to anyone. This leaves most people quite puzzled as to how to get rid of them.
Are you also scratching your head wondering where to turn? Let’s take a closer look at how you can take the burden of old box springs off your hands. Luckily, there are ways to address this problem. As we will discuss, some methods for getting rid of box springs definitely work better than others.
Check out our mattress disposal guide for all the right ways to dispose of your mattress.
Call Your City and Check for Bulky Pickup Day
You might get lucky, and your city will pick up your old box springs for you. Whether your local trash and recycling collection will pick up bulky items like box springs or not will vary wildly from one region and city to another.
The last thing you want to do is go through the trouble of dragging your box springs to the curb only to see it still sitting there in your driveway after the trash and recycling trucks have come through your neighborhood. Knowing your trash has not been accepted for pickup is truly frustrating, and it’s one emotion that you’ll want to avoid.
Specify You Have Box Springs
We recommend calling ahead of time to determine if your city or area will take bulky trash in general. It might be a good idea to specify that the trash you’re trying to get rid of is, in fact, a box springs mattress. One simple phone call could save you a great deal of hassle. Don’t be surprised if the answer you get is “no.”
If you do receive a “yes” answer and your trash or recycling company will take the box springs, remember to ask this very important second question: “Do I need to prepare the box springs in any way?”
Your City May Have Special Rules
Some places, such as New York City, require that you cover your box springs with plastic before leaving them outside. You can use a mattress bag to fulfill this requirement. Just remember you may need to plan to go out and buy one.
The bottom line is that even if you do receive a “yes,” you’ll want to probe deeper and find out if you need to take any additional steps. You might be required to jump through a hoop or two, but having your old box springs disappear on trash day is a pretty good feeling!
Drag the Box Springs to the Landfill Yourself
As far as options go for disposing of large bulky items, going to the landfill yourself certainly ranks near the bottom. Dragging heavy box springs to a truck and then transporting it to a landfill is no fun. In fact, few people find visiting a landfill to be a pleasant experience.
While this is an option for getting rid of box springs, you’re probably better off avoiding this particular trip. On top of everything else, landfills usually have a fee for disposal. Summed up another way, driving your box springs to the landfill and then paying a fee is an unpleasant way to spend an afternoon. Try to avoid this option if at all possible!
The Landfill Is a Problematic Place for Box Springs
Landfills do not appreciate taking box springs and mattresses because they take up so much space. Further, the springs that you’ll be dropping off tend to get wrapped around landfill equipment like compactors and cause breakage. Steel springs tend to not be compressible.
The Environmental Consequences
Even worse, the box springs, like mattresses, typically contain harmful compounds, including flame retardant chemicals. Flame retardant chemicals are increasingly viewed as unnecessary and dangerous to human health by experts. It is best to keep these chemicals out of the landfills as these chemicals eventually make their way into the environment and even into the food supply.
Recycling Your Box Springs Might Be an Option
A lot of material goes into manufacturing box springs. As a result, box springs are a great consumer item to recycle. Since box springs contain a considerable amount of metal, some organizations see box springs as an attractive source of metal.
In particular, organizations will repurpose the steel found in box springs for a variety of reasons. Be prepared to remove the metal springs and break down the box springs wood yourself. In most areas, the metal can be placed in the recycling.
Repurposing the Materials Found in Box Springs
Another option is that you can bundle the steel and then donate it to an organization that will use it, or you can even sell the scrap metal. You may get a bit of cash if you go this route, but don’t expect too much money for the scrap steel you’ll find in box springs. The bottom line is that you likely won’t feel very well compensated for your time.
Another repurposing option is to take the metal found in your box springs and repurpose it for some decorative purpose. Believe it or not, crafty individuals can be found on Pinterest who have creatively repurposed their box springs into everything from furniture to wall art.
Don’t Forget the Wood
Finally, the wood left over from your box springs can be recycled. However, since the wood from your box springs may have been exposed to an array of chemicals, you should not burn it.
In the end, tearing apart your box springs is not an easy or quick process, and it is possible that you will cut yourself in the process. If you decide to break down your old box springs be sure that you wear protective eye gear and gloves. And remember the metal found in old box springs could, in spots, be sharp and jagged.
Hire a Service to Carry Your Old Box Springs Away
Old box springs are pretty cumbersome and difficult. We recommend that the best option is to simply hire a company, like LoadUp, to carry your old box springs away. We will not only carry your box springs away, but we will also make sure that your old box springs go through the recycling process.
Instead of having to drag your box springs mattress to the curb and transport it yourself, LoadUp will come to your home and remove it from wherever it is located in your house. The process is fast and 100% trouble free, unlike the other options we’ve outlined in this article.
Old mattresses and box springs are a real hassle to remove, but thanks to LoadUp, you can bypass the stress and get that old box springs mattress out of your bedroom or garage in a flash.
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