Modo the cheapest option for mattress disposal in Metro Vancouver
The Job: I’m getting rid of a mattress and box spring after buying a hardly used set from a friend. (Mattresses and boxsprings must be recycled in Vancouver – who knew?). I’m travelling from the West End to mattress recycing place in South Burnaby, 21 km one way.
Cost with U-Haul: $19.50 flat fee plus $0.49 per km, plus environmental fee of $1.00 plus the drop-off charge of $25. Total 66.08, and I have to do it myself.
Cost with Canadian Mattress Recyclers: $30 for the two items plus $60 for the pick-up fee. Total: $90.00, and it’s done for me.
Cost with Modo cargo van as a Casual Member: $7.50/hour, plus $3/hour for premium vehicle, estimate 2 hours, so $21, with kilometres included (up to 150 km), plus the drop-off charge of $25. Total $46.00, and I do it myself.
Cost with Modo truck as a Casual Member: $7.50/hour, estimate 2 hours, so $15, with kilometres included (up to 150 km), plus the drop-off charge of $25. Total $40.00, and I do it myself.
Even with purchasing a Casual membership at Modo, which I did not have prior to having this job to do, which costs an additional $70 (which includes the $50 annual membership and $20 one-time registration fees), for a total $110-116 (depending on whether I use a cargo van or truck), it is only slightly more than the “have it done for me” option of the removal guys AND I get a whole year to try out Modo with my sweety and to have fun, and really think about getting rid of my car.
So I am now a Modo member and will be getting rid of the mattress and box spring this weekend.
Thanks to Paul and to all the other members who entered our contest to win $100 in free driving credits by sharing the cost comparison between Modo’s new cargo van option and the other options in the region! Congrats to Paul for having the winning entry – Wahoo!
Below find an update from Paul about which option he went with:
I ended up using a Modo pick-up truck for the job, and did the drop-off at the Coquitlam transfer station, so the cost was a little less.
I’ve attached a photo of me beside my first use of a modo vehicle with the mattress loaded. I did the job with a buddy. The trip went off without a hitch.
Thanks for your work at Modo. Am proud to be joining the ranks of your members.