Improper mattress and bedding disposal has become a global nightmare. Unfortunately, it is a problem that many people seem to ignore, with 1.8 million mattresses in landfills each year. That number is just for Australia, as there are 20 million more in US landfills and millions more around the world. So, let us talk about how you can dispose of your old mattress and bedding in an eco-friendly way: using a skip bin.


The Environmental Impact of Mattress and Bedding Disposal

Mattresses and beddings have a significant ecological impact, with both contributing to a large list of environmental issues from construction to transport and delivery to your home.

When your mattress and bedding get old, you may choose to dump them instead of recycling or donating them. Such a choice contributes to the carbon footprint, especially if you have a mattress or bedding that’s not eco-friendly. When thrown in a landfill, they will eventually break down, including components like wood, fabric, metal springs, foam, and synthetic fibres. Their harmful materials will seep into the ground over time, which can lead to soil and water pollution.

Instead of throwing them away, you can donate them to a non-profit organisation. Just make sure the mattress or bedding is still in good condition. Alternatively, you can send them to a recycling centre that accepts old mattresses and bedding. Often, however, it is difficult for homeowners to find one that allows them to dump heavy and dingy mattresses. That’s why the easiest solution is to hire a skip bin.


Benefits of Using a Skip Bin for Mattress and Bedding Disposal

A skip bin is an efficient way to get rid of your old mattress and bedding the responsible way. Here are some reasons why you should hire one:

  • It’s easy to book the skip. Simply pick the correct size or ask for assistance if you do not know which to hire.
  • Once booked, it will be delivered straight to your doorstep — no need to pick it up at a facility far away and load it into your car.
  • Once the mattress or bedding is loaded, the skip bin will immediately be removed from your property. Disposal is so much faster and more convenient than ever.
  • You can be sure that the bulky items will be safely contained in the skip. This reduces the risk of the mattress or bedding causing litter when in transport.

To get even more benefits, make sure that you only hire a skip bin from a reputable business, such as Backyard Bins. You can rest easy knowing there are strict guidelines in place for proper disposal, guaranteeing waste is taken to appropriate facilities in compliance with pertinent regulations. We partner with recycling facilities, so materials like foam and metal springs can be salvaged and reused.

Skip hire services are available in most areas and are an excellent option for removing large items like furniture or mattresses.


Steps for Using a Skip Bin for Mattress and Bedding Disposal

Once you have ordered the skip bin, it will be promptly delivered to your home. Here are the next steps that you should take for mattress and bedding disposal:

  1. Load the items. Carefully place the mattress or bedding inside the skip bin. Since these items are quite bulky, do your best to stack them as neatly as possible. That way, you make the most out of the available space. If you can, you may want to disassemble the mattress first before placing the parts in the skip. Doing so can give more room to other items.
  2. Be careful not to overload the skip. You may want to ask the skip bin provider to determine how to avoid overfilling the container. Otherwise, it can cause problems during transportation, which may also mean additional charges on your part. Here’s a quick guide to help you with this step.
  3. Check before pick-up. Double-check the placement of the mattress to ensure that it is secure and will not fall out as it is being transported. Also, remember that some items are not allowed inside the skip, particularly hazardous materials.
  4. Finally, it’s time for pick-up. Contact the provider if you’re ready to have your skip removed from your home.

You may want to provide additional details, such as if your location requires specific access instructions, before collection.


Backyard Bins Options

At Backyard Bins, we offer a range of skip bin sizes from 2m3 to 10m3. The appropriate skip bin size will depend mainly on the size of your mattress. For example, single mattresses can fit inside a 2 to 3 cubic metre bin, whilst a double or full mattress may require up to 4 or 5 cubic metres. Our helpful staff can provide advice so you hire just the right size.

If you live in the southern suburbs of Perth, give us a call so you can dispose of your mattress and bedding as hassle-free as possible.


Backyard Bins Team

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