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Top 5 Ways to Dispose or Recycle Your Old Mattress (While Hugging Mother Earth)

So, you’re finally parting ways with your trusty old mattress, but you want to do it with flair and eco-friendly finesse?

Here are five side-splitting ways to ensure your mattress gets a proper send-off while making Mother Earth proud:

1. Retailer Redemption: The Mattress Rescue Mission

Ever wondered if your mattress store has a secret superhero cape? Many retailers offer take-back programs where they swoop in to pick up your mattress for recycling. It’s like your mattress gets a second chance at life, all thanks to its own personal rescue squad!

2. Charity Chic: Donate and Feel Good (and Funky)

If your mattress still has some bounce left in it, why not spread the love? Donate it to a charity or local shelter—it’s like giving your mattress a chance to become a star in someone else’s nighttime saga. Plus, you’ll earn major karma points and maybe even a standing ovation from Mother Earth herself.

3. Recycling Rodeo: Where Mattresses Go to Break Free

You know those mattress recycling facilities? They’re like the Wild West for old mattresses, where steel, foam, and fabric break free from their mattress jail to be reborn as something awesome. Yee-haw for sustainability and mattress liberation!

4. Bulk Bonanza: Arrange a Date with the Big Waste Pickup

Picture this: your mattress, all dressed up and ready for its big debut on the curb. Schedule a waste pickup with CERTIFIED RECYCLING—they’ll come whisk it away in style. Just make sure to pack it up nice and cozy, like sending it off to a spa retreat for tired mattresses.

5. DIY Disco: Get Creative with Mattress Makeovers

Feeling crafty? Channel your inner DIY guru and give that old mattress a makeover. Cut it up, repurpose the parts, or turn it into a funky outdoor seating arrangement. Who knew being environmentally savvy could double as a home improvement adventure?

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When it’s time to bid adieu to your mattress, remember: laughter is the best medicine, especially for Mother Earth. By opting for these quirky yet environmentally friendly disposal or recycling methods, you’re not just decluttering—you’re making a positive impact on the planet. So, go forth with a smile, knowing your mattress’s journey doesn’t end in a landfill but rather in a tale of eco-heroics and sustainability swagger! Contact Certified Recycling today!

Common Myths About Recycling: Debunking Misconceptions

Recycling is a critical practice in our efforts to reduce waste, conserve resources, and protect the environment. However, there are several common myths and misconceptions surrounding recycling that can lead to confusion and misinformation. In this blog, we aim to debunk these myths and shed light on the truth about recycling.

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The Environmental Benefits of Recycling Appliances

In our modern world, electronic appliances have become an integral part of our daily lives. However, the rapid advancement of technology leads to the constant disposal of outdated or malfunctioning appliances, resulting in a growing environmental concern known as electronic waste, or e-waste. In this blog post, we will explore the environmental benefits of recycling appliances and how this practice contributes to reducing e-waste and promoting sustainability.

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How Long Does It Take for These Items to Break Down in a Landfill?

Today’s landfills are jam-packed with tons of used items that people throw away willy-nilly. Unfortunately, many Minnesota residents do so without the knowledge that they’re harming the environment. The truth is that many of today’s most common household items are horrible for Mama Earth. That’s especially true when they sit in landfills, where things like plastics leach chemicals into our water and soil.

To make matters worse, today’s landfills are fuller than ever, causing many dangerous items to be buried and out of reach of the sun and rain, which help them decompose. When you learn how long some of these items take to break down, it can be downright alarming. Let’s look at how long it takes some of these materials to decompose and some greener alternatives for you to consider this year.

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5 Reasons You Should Commit to Recycling in 2023

 Is it just us, or did 2022 go by quicker than a Minnesota summer? With 2023 here, millions of Americans are making resolutions to better themselves in the new year. And while weight loss and business-building goals are great, we’re hopeful more Minnesota natives (and everyone around the world) will commit to being more eco-friendly by recycling unused items throughout the year. Unsure if you can uphold a year-round responsibility? Here are just 5 reasons (in no particular order) why you should think about committing to recycling in 2023.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Recycling

We’re literally only days away from one of Minnesota’s favorite holidays – Christmas! With the holiday season comes plenty of cocktail parties, present-wrapping sessions, and holiday dinners. Unfortunately, with all that jubilation comes a whole bunch of waste. And while many leftover bits and bobs are recyclable, you might be surprised to discover that some items have no place in a recycling bin.

How are you supposed to know what goes in and what stays out? Well, that’s what these handy-dandy holiday tips are all about. So, grab a cup of cocoa, kick up your feet, and learn a few dos and don’ts of holiday recycling. Mama Earth will thank you!

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Switching to 5G? Here’s How to Get Rid of Your Old Phone

5G is here to stay, whether you want it to or not. In 2021, approximately 89.5 million 5G-enabled phones were shipped to homes and businesses. That’s an increase of 33.4 million. Preliminary stats for 2022 show even more 5G devices are being shipped, especially with the holidays around the corner (are your holiday decorations already up?). That’s a lot of devices and a lot of money for smartphone manufacturers.

Unfortunately, that means many older phones are showing up in landfills. That’s especially concerning for us here in Minnesota – when electronics sit in landfills, chemicals often leach into our soil and groundwater. If you’re the happy new owner of a 5G phone, or you’re expecting to get one for the holidays, do yourself a favor – don’t throw it in the garbage. It could really hurt our environment. 

Instead, try one of these safer suggestions.

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4 Easy Ways to Live Green and Recycle This Fall

When it comes to cleaning out their homes, most folks wait until springtime to declutter and recycle unwanted items. But why wait for blooming flowers and April showers when Mama Earth’s pumpkin-spice-flavored season is here now? Fall is a great time to remove old junk from your home – the air is cool, the leaves are changing, and 2023 is approaching.

Since you’re already cleaning out your closet, why not try and live a greener life for the rest of the year? After all, green living is about more than tossing bottles, plastics, and paper in your recycling bin. It’s about repurposing items and giving new life to old things.

So, break out your favorite beanie or sweater and use these recycling tips to make Minnesota a better place to live and play this autumn!

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The Big List of What Shouldn’t Go in a Recycling Bin

A person holding a recycling bin.

Question: What can go in a recycling bin?

Answer: Plenty of household items like plastic bottles/containers, food cans (rinse them out, please!), paper, cardboard, and glass bottles/containers.

But perhaps there’s an even bigger question…What shouldn’t go in a recycling bin? See that? We’re real philosophers over here at Certified Recycling 😏.

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5 Steps To Properly Curb Your Fridge For A Recycling Pickup

Refrigerators and freezers are amazing appliances when they work. Once they break, they’re just huge wastes of space. But since they’re heavy and a pain in the butt to move, they often stay put and become junk tables.

Fortunately, you don’t have to strain yourself by hauling your fridge or freezer to a recycling center. Companies like us will pick them up for ya! Curbside pickups take away the hardest part of recycling, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to take any steps to prepare.

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