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Vancouver’s Ambitious Goal to Become The Greenest City

Vancouver is hoping to become the ‘Greenest City‘ by 2020. This ambitious goal is something that we can all strive towards. It will be a hard designation to gauge and it definitely won’t solely come down to the number of bike lanes we have. We all have to do our part to keep Vancouver a sustainable and environmentally progressive city.

In the mattress world, this means recycling. Mattresses have a life cycle and when their 8-10 year term comes to an end, they need to be disposed of by a green method.

Vancouver currently has a number of options for environmentally friendly mattress disposal. You can take your old mattress to a Transfer Station where they charge $15 per item or you can take them directly to a mattress recycler.

MattressRecycling.ca is one of your private recycling options. This company just received an award for ‘Best Green Business’ by the Small Business BC Awards. They charge $12.50 for residential mattresses and box springs. They also take metal bed frames free of charge.

A third option is to call an independent junk removal company. Companies like 1-800-GOT-JUNK will come to your home for mattress removal, saving you from an awkward transportation trip.

For more information on mattress disposal and for finding a luxury replacement mattress, talk to the professionals at Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Public Warning

Warning: A deadly virus is finding its way into homes across Vancouver. Families are being warned to educate their loved ones before the viral outbreak reaches epidemic levels.

The symptoms are tired springs, midnight sag and motion distrubance. These three manifestations have caused many citizens to lose a full night’s rest. Sufferers may appear bag-eyed, lethargic and irritable. Any person displaying these signs should not be approached.

The outbreak is thought to be contagious, with many homes having two or more affected beds.

Luckily, Simmons Mattress Gallery has found a cure.

The Beautyrest mattress line can rejuvenate the energy depleted by the infected beds. With the purchase of a Beautyrest mattress, sufferers can return to their regular sleeping schedules overnight.  Patented non-flip pocket coils will support the weight of the inflicted patient, offering a comfortable layer of cushion. The coils’ individual nature limits motion transfer between sleeping partners. Beautyrest’s quality design will prevent sagging over time, keeping the virus at pay.

Prescriptions can be filled at the Simmons Mattress Gallery on Broadway in Vancouver and on Schoolhouse Road in Coquitlam.

The Virus Is Not Yet Airborne. No Need For Radiation Suits.

Old beds should be discarded immediatley. Simmons Mattress Gallery suggests using one of Vancouver’s four mattress-recycling companies. 

Mattress Break-Up (Curbside)

Do the people who abandon mattresses on the streets think they are helping the homeless? Do they believe there is a magic mattress collector that trolls the alleys at night looking for soggy discarded beds? One would wonder…

With the recent ban on mattresses at city transfer stations, beds are being illegally abandoned all over the city.

Last year 1,500 mattresses were discarded illegally on city streets. This year, with the $20 surcharge in effect, frugal, lazy citizens have dumped over 5,000 mattresses.

The city has used taxpayer money to send out special vehicles to collect the unwanted beds. It has been a massive resource drain on the collection department’s budget. All this because people did not want to properly deal with their waste.

It’s a shame.

The good news is that more beds then ever are being properly recycled. Thanks to the new ban, over 47,000 mattresses were given to Lower Mainland recycling agencies in the first half of this year.

If you are looking to properly dispose of your old mattress and do not want to pay the $20 fee, consider one of the three mattress recycling companies operating in and around Vancouver.

Here is a list of the companies and their minimum charge:

Canadian Mattress Recycling - If dropped off, CMR will charge $12 per item. This is the cheapest option. They also have pick-up options starting at $72.00.

Mattressrecycling.ca - This company charges $12.50 per dropped off item. With a professional website and David Suzuki’s endorsement, this company appears to be the most respectable operation in the Vancouver area. We have also featured this company in an earlier post on mattress recycling.

Recyc-Mattress - This is the most expensive option. Recyc-Mattress charges $15 per item.

A mattress dumped in a landfill takes decades to decompose. Do your part and recycle your bed properly.

Mattress Abandonment

Reducing Landfill Waste; One Mattress At A Time

In the City’s continuing effort to reduce landfill waste, a new surcharge will be laid on any mattress being discarded at the Delta landfill. The charge is $20 per bed.

Mattresses will no longer be considered general garbage at all Vancouver Transfer Stations and landfill sites. There will now be a limit on the number of mattresses that one customer can drop at a time. The mattresses will also be left in a separate area from the regular waste. These limitations were put in effect on January 1st.

Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to applaud the city for implementing these measures.  Mattresses are almost 100 percent recyclable or compostable and make up a significant portion of the waste dumped in our local landfills.

If you have just purchased a brand new Simmons and are looking for an ethical way to dispose of your old mattress, contact Mattressrecycling.ca. They are the first and largest mattress recycler operating in British Columbia. The price for a mattress drop-off is $14. The warehouse is located at 7885 North Fraser Way. If you would like your mattress picked-up, Mattressrecycling.ca charges $55.

Breaking Down Your Bed

For more information of mattress recycling visit metrovancouver.org.

Mattress Disposal

You’ve been down to Simmons Mattress Gallery in Coquitlam and have picked out a perfect NxG series mattress from Beautyrest. You went with the ‘drop top‘ design. It’s been years since you’ve had a comfortable mattress and you can’t wait to try it out.

But now you are left with the dilemma of how to dispose of your lumpy old bed.

Here are a few options to consider:

1.You could donate your mattress to charity, but unfortunately most organizations, like the Salvation Army, are now refusing to accept used mattresses.

2. You could take the opportunity to clear out some other junk in your living space and package it all up for a junk removal company. 1-800-GOT-JUNK provides a free estimate and charges by volume, not by time.

3. For a greener option, you could look into the services of a mattress-recycling centre. Mattressrecycling.ca charges $14 per mattress for drop-off recycling, but adds a hefty fee for mattress pickup. They claim to repurpose 90% of the materials found in your retired mattress. These materials are then sent to local companies or secondary recyclers.

4. Lastly, you could use the ever-popular Craigslist. There are hundreds of foreign students looking for quick and cheap apartment furnishings in and around the Lower Mainland. Just make a short add describing the dimensions of your mattress, with a quick note that the offer is for pick-up only. You may also want to stress the cleanliness of the mattress and, because of the recent bed bug epidemic, you may want to quickly note that the mattress is free from creepers.

Good luck and enjoy your new bed from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

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