Used to be people had a foolproof system when moving to a new apartment: If you see any stained old mattresses in the street, keep driving.
This no longer works in San Francisco, thanks to a business called BedBusters. In fact, a mattress out on the sidewalk could very well be a sign of a politically correct, upwardly mobile neighborhood. Just the sort of place you want to live. (And by “you,” we mean you, not us.)
BedBusters recycles mattresses (and futons and box springs). They pick them up, haul them to their facility, and cut them into pieces for use in new products — like those weird-looking pads that go under carpets. This way your mattress won’t end up in the landfill (or the nearest unlocked dumpster you can find).
The charge runs from $48 for a twin mattress to $188 for a kingsize set — mattress and boxspring. BedBusters will climb up to 18 stairs. You pay $1 per stair after that. Cash or credit only, “checks respectfully declined.”
BedBusters was founded by a guy named Alter Nathan Bader, who does most of the pickups himself, often in his battery-powered truck. His customers give him rave reviews.
“Quick and efficient,” writes a fellow named Bernice H. at Yelp.com. “I recommend BedBusters to anyone. The transaction was complete within about two minutes. Didn’t hurt that Nathan was also easy on the eyes.”
We don’t care if he looks like Brad Pitt or Phyllis Diller. We just wish we had someone like him in our neighborhood. It’s getting tough around here to find a vacant lot where we can dump our old mattresses.