Mattress Disposal Guide
The Mattress Recycling Council estimates that Americans dispose of roughly 15 to 20 million mattresses every year. The average mattress takes up 40 cubic feet, which means that one year’s worth of discarded mattresses will occupy more than 132,000 square miles of landfill space. To cut down on waste and preserve landfill space, mattress owners in the U.S. are encouraged to get rid of their old mattresses using alternative means. This guide will feature some helpful tips for donating, recycling, reselling and reusing old or used mattresses.
If you do not live close to any thrift stores, recycling centers and other facilities that accept used mattresses, then a junk removal service may be your best bet. These options include national companies that serve households across the country. Local junk removal specialists are widely available, as well. Due to the recent emphasis on landfill conservation and green disposal methods, these companies will often attempt to recycle or donate used mattresses before sending them to the dump.
Let’s discuss the step-by-step process for hiring a company to remove your mattress
- Check your warranty before getting rid of an old mattress, as the seller or manufacturer of the mattress may offer complimentary buy-back and/or disposal services.
- Calculate the weight of the mattress. Some junk removal companies charge by volume, while others will assess a flat per-item fee.
- Research national and local junk removal services available in your area, and perform a cost comparison for all viable options. Note that some companies charge an additional fee for home-based pickups, on top of the per-item removal costs.
This should yield a thorough, ordered list of junk removal services. Some of the companies that offer nationwide pickups include:
- Load Up:This company will remove any/all household goods and operates nationwide. They offer very competitive pricing, operate in all 50 states, and have terrific customer service making them a solid choice if junk removal is your best bet. They will remove mattresses with bed bugs if customers give advance notice
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK: This company will remove any old household goods and furnishings, including mattresses. Simply call the number (800) 468-5865 and set up a time for a uniformed truck team to visit your residence. In most cases, appointments are made with a two-hour window. 1-800-GOT-JUNK offers upfront, all-inclusive pricing based on the overall volume of all removed items. The company will accept mattresses with bed bugs if the customer gives advanced notice.
Roughly 80% to 90% of mattress parts (by weight) can be recycled or repurposed to create new products. To properly recycle an old or used mattress, first locate the nearest recycling center that accepts them. A quick Internet search using your zip code will most likely yield at least one location within reasonable driving distance. Both ByeByeMattress.com and Earth911 offer online aggregators that allow you to search for recycling centers accepting certain household goods (such as mattresses) in your geographic area.
In most cases, you will be charged a fee for recycling your old mattress. Expect to pay $20 to $40 per mattress if you arrange for pick-up services at your home, or $10 to $20 for each mattress you transport to a recycling center in your own vehicle. The criteria for acceptable mattress donations will vary by organization. Most centers will not allow you to donate a mattress that is wet, stained or infested with bed bugs. However, broken or torn mattresses can usually be donated.
State laws and regulations may apply. In California, Connecticut and Rhode Island, for instance, mattress stewardship laws require retailers to include an additional fee for all customers who are purchasing a new mattress. Money from these fees are used to:
- Purchase containers and materials used at collection sites
- Transport mattresses to collection sites
- Facilitate recycling and collection events
- Provide incentive payments to designated recycling center personnel
To learn more, please visit the ‘Programs by State‘ section found on ByeByeMattress.com.
Recyclable components of mattresses include the springs, foam, upholstery, wooden parts and the box spring. For more information on other uses for different mattress parts, check out the section below on breaking down and reusing mattresses.
The average mattress has a lifespan of seven to eight years. Unless an old mattress is in complete disrepair, then you may be able to donate it to an organization that accepts used household goods. Some national charities that may receive old or used mattresses and mattress parts include:
- The Salvation Army:This international organization has been serving families in need since the 1860s, and today maintains thrift stores and charity shops across the United States. The Salvation Army offers free furniture pickup services for mattress donations in certain locations; goods may also be dropped off in person at any location that receives used goods. Mattresses must be in good shape and free of tears, burns, and other types of damage. Donations to the Salvation Army are tax-deductible; single mattresses are valued between $15 and $35, while double mattresses are valued between $12.50 and $75.Please note that the Salvation Army may refuse to accept mattresses in certain states or municipalities.
- Free furniture pickup services
- Salvation Army’s tax deduction value guide
- Habitat for Humanity International:HFHI is an international nonprofit organization that strives to provide sustainable and affordable living accommodations for people in need. The organization accepts a wide range of gently used household good and furnishings, including mattresses. HFHI sells donated goods at ‘ReStore’ home improvement centers located across the country; to donate a mattress to HFHI, contact the nearest ReStore facility and let them know you have a mattress to donate. You may drop off the mattress in person; many ReStore locations offer free furniture pickup, as well.Habitat for Humanity may not accept mattress donations in some locations.
- Donate goods to Habitat ReStore
- Furniture Bank Association of America:The FBA’s mission is to provide home furnishings “at little or no cost” to individuals and families living in poverty. The association operates nearly 80 donation centers in North America. Households are welcome to donate old mattresses to the FBA, although pickup services are limited to a 15-20 mile radius of the nearest bank’s brick-and-mortar location; contact the nearest bank to see if pickup services are available. The association will make exceptions for large commercial or institutional donations; banks will usually drive up to three hours for these furniture pickups, and some banks have large semi-trailers capable of traveling up to 450 miles for large donations.
- List of U.S. furniture banks
- Goodwill:This American charity organization provides job training and employment placement services for people who face certain barriers in the job market. Goodwill also operates more than 3,200 thrift stores and donation centers across the country; in 2015, roughy 85% of revenue generated from donated goods was used to expand the organization’s professional development and community outreach programs.At this time, Goodwill does not accept used mattresses or box springs; however, you are welcome to donate mattress pads, bed frames, bedding and linens.
- Goodwill donor guidelines
Additionally, you will often be able to donate an old or used mattress to a local charity organization. The website DonationTown.org allows visitors to search for local organizations that accept used mattresses and other household furnishings. These may include:
- Homeless shelters
- Women’s and family shelters
- Locally owned thrift stores
Break it Down and Reuse it
Next, let’s look at some ways you can break down an old or used mattress and reuse certain components for different purposes.
- The average mattress contains 25 pounds ofsteel, most of which is found in the springs. Steel can be melted down to create a wide range of parts and products. Simply remove all springs and other steel parts from your mattress, then bundle them together and sell them for scrap. You can locate scrapyards and metal recyclers in your area with a quick Internet search. Rates will vary by location, but expect to earn roughly $10 for 100 pounds of scrap metal.
- Thepolyurethane foamin mattresses can be shredded and repurposed around the house for carpeting, car seat cushions, pillows, pet bedding and other types of padding.Memory foamandlatex foamcan be reused in a similar fashion.
- Most mattresses include a mix ofnatural fiberslike cotton, wool and silk, andnon-natural fiberslike polyester and rayon. Most natural and non-natural fibers found in a mattress can be recycled. Like foam, mattress fibers can also be reused to make padding or insulation.
- Thewooden partsof mattresses can serve several functions once the mattress has been taken apart. In addition to firewood, this wood can be shredded and used as a gardening or lawn mulch.
- Nails, screws and other small metal partsin reasonable condition can be removed from the mattress and reused for various household projects.
- Buttons,braidingand other decorative features can be repurposed for DIY sewing projects and other household designs.
When disassembling a mattress, please exercise caution: innersprings contain many sharp parts that can cause bodily injury. For a detailed step-by-step guide for taking apart a mattress, check out this eight-minute video posted by YouTube user Canadian Treasure Hunter.
Finally, let’s look at some fun, creative ways to repurpose your old or used mattress.
- Mattress springs can be used for a wide range of arts and crafts. These include decorative candle and plant holders, wall sconces, photo frames and backyard trellises.
- If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, mattress springs can also be used to create metal wreath displays and tree ornaments.
- An old memory foam mattress can be used to form a comfy bed for your dog or cat.
- Other uses for old memory foam padding include plush household items like bean bags, chair cushions, pillows, dishwashing sponges and stuffed animal filler.
- Green Diary suggests using old mattress components to improve your backyard compost pile. Simply construct a sturdy compost bin using the wooden slats, and then scatter mattress stuffing and fibers around the compost to protect it from pests.
- The durable fabric upholstery of an old mattress is ideal for making throwaway rugs for your foyer, garage, shed or utility room.
- The DIY design website Pinterest features more than 1,000 postings about projects involving old mattresses.
- Use your old mattress as the canvas for a painting or other art project. YouTube user KIPTOE offers some inspiring ideas in a 2016 ‘Mattress Street Art’ video tutorial.
How to Tell When You Need a New Mattress
Most of us were taught to buy a new mattress every ten years or so. The truth is, the right time to replace your mattress depends on a variety of factors, and it may be more often than you think. If you can relate to any of the following, then it’s likely time to get a new mattress:
- Body Aches:You or your partner find yourselves waking up feeling stiff, achy or numb.
- Sleep Deprivation:Even after eight hours of sleep, you still feel tired.
- Dust:Your mattress looks dusty, or you find yourself coughing or sneezing.
- Sagging:You find yourself rolling to the center of your mattress.
- Wear and Tear:Your mattress has rips, stains, lumps or worn edges.
- Comparison:You’ve slept on a different mattress, or even a couch, and experienced better sleep than on your mattress.
- Age:You’ve had your mattress longer than seven years, or you can’t remember how long you’ve had it.
How long a mattress will last also depends on what type it is. The average lifespan for each type of mattress is outlined below:
What about your warranty?
If your mattress is worn out, you’re probably wondering if the wear and tear is covered under your warranty. It’s important to understand what’s covered in your warranty before you purchase a mattress, but we’ll run through the most common features below.
A warranty is essentially a company’s promise to stand behind its product, and there are two main types:
Written: A written warranty is just what it sounds like. The company agrees, in writing, to replace a mattress if damage falls under certain listed conditions. These usually last five, ten, fifteen or twenty years and are not required by law.
Implied: Implied warranties are required by law and include:
- Warranty of Merchantability:The product will be functional and include everything advertised.
- Warranty of Fitness:The product can be used for everything the seller claims.
All warranties have different stipulations, but there are items that are commonly covered or not covered:
What is Covered:Typically, a mattress warranty cover product defects, not wear and tear from normal use. Problems that are usually included are:
- Saggingbelow aspecified depth, often 1.5 inches
- Coilsthat break, bend or come out of the side
- Seamsthat come undone
What is Not Covered:Problems that arise from normal use or an owner’s accident are typically not covered and may include:
- Saggingthat doesn’t reach thespecified depth
- Lumpinessfrom long-term use
- Discolorationfrom washing
Furthermore, there are actions that will usually void your warranty, including:
- Removing the law tag
- Improper support (box spring or bed frame)
- Failure to rotate mattress
- Mattress is given to someone else
One more point to keep in mind is the difference between prorated and non-prorated warranties:
- Prorated: The owner isn’t expected to cover repair or replacement costs, other than maybe transportation
- Non-prorated:The owner must cover a percentage of the repair or replacement costs.
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Buying a new mattress will set you back anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand pounds, so parting with even more cash to dispose of your old mattress is probably the last thing you want.
But finding a way to dispose of a mattress for free is no mean feat, especially if you want to get rid of it in a responsible way. According to a report by the National Bed Federation (NBF), 6.8 million replacement mattresses were sold in 2015, while only 879,000 were recycled. That’s a recycling rate of just 13%, which is down from 16% in 2014.
Far too many mattresses end up in landfill sites. Not only is this bad for the environment, but, given the bulky nature of mattresses, it’s also unsustainable. Many of the mattresses in landfill could have been recycled or reused. Keep reading for expert advice on how long a mattress should last and how to get rid of it once it’s passed its best.
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How often should you change your mattress?
If you can’t remember how many years you’ve had your mattress, the chances are it’s time for a new one. It’s all too easy to lose track of how long you’ve been sleeping on it and, even if it still feels comfortable, it’s likely to be less supportive and less hygienic than when it was new.
The Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress as often as every seven years, because after that time the mattress will have been subjected to more than 20,000 hours of use. That’s the equivalent of 2,555 nights – which is a lot when you consider that adults lose an average of half a pint of fluid each night and shed a pound of dead skin cells each year.
But our own durability tests reveal that the best mattresses can last up to a decade without softening, sagging or becoming less supportive. So, provided you buy a good mattress and clean it regularly, you may only have to change it every 10 years.
Find out how long different type of mattress should last below, or go to our guide on how to clean a mattress.
How long should a mattress last?
Nearly half of Which? members expect a new mattress to last more than a decade, according to a November 2017 survey of 902 members. We reckon that’s pretty optimistic, not least because there are some common misconceptions about the lifespan of a mattress.
Only one in five Which? members think a mattress will last longer if it’s bought as part of a set with a new bed base. Although buying a new bed frame is no guarantee your new mattress will last, using an old or incorrect bed frame with your new mattress certainly isn’t going to lengthen its lifespan and it may well also invalidate your warranty. Take a look at our top 10 bed shopping tips.
Some 46% of members also thought that the more you spend on a mattress the longer it is likely to last. While investing in an expensive mattress will likely mean you get better-quality fabrics and fillings, it is no guarantee of a longer lifespan. We’ve tested £200 Best Buy mattresses that perform better in our durability tests than mattresses costing more than 10 times as much.
Finally, fewer than two in 10 members agreed that foam mattresses are more durable and longer lasting than spring mattresses.
How long does a pocket sprung mattress last?
A good pocket sprung mattress should comfortably last between 8 and 10 years. Of the 49 spring mattress we’ve tested, 59% of them earn more than four stars in our tough durability tests.
After measuring the height, firmness and supportiveness of every mattress we test, we then simulate up to a decade of use by rolling a heavy barrel over the mattress 30,000 times. To do well in our durability tests, a mattress must maintain its supportiveness, firmness and height.
Our pick of the top pocket-sprung mattresses will help you pick out a long-lasting option, but you have to do your bit, too. To maximise the life of your pocket-sprung mattress, it’s essential that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to rotating or turning the mattress.
How long does a memory foam mattress last?
Memory foam mattresses tend to perform well in our durability tests. Of the 26 memory foam, foam and latex mattresses we’ve reviewed, 93% of them score more than four stars in our lifespan test.
However, we’ve also uncovered a memory foam mattress that failed our durability test completely, making it the only Don’t Buy mattress we’ve reviewed.
And just because you buy a memory foam mattress doesn’t mean that you don’t still need to rotate it regularly, so there’s no less maintenance than a pocket-sprung option.
All in all, we wouldn’t recommend buying a memory foam mattress solely for the durability, unless it provides the supportiveness and comfort you’re looking for as well.
How to get rid of a mattress
You may be surprised by how many different ways you can dispose of your mattress. There are at least 10 different options, but some of them are expensive, environmentally damaging and even illegal, so picking the best way to get rid of your mattress can be difficult.
Will the council collect my mattress?
Most, if not all, local councils offer a bulky waste collection and disposal service, which includes beds and mattresses. But it can be surprisingly expensive and there’s often no guarantee your mattress won’t end up in landfill – many local authorities simply say that they will recycle some or all of the waste where possible.
Some councils, such as Oxford City Council, Liverpool City Council and the London Borough of Merton, offer free mattress collection, but they’re very much in the minority. Most councils charge a fee to collect bulky waste and it can be expensive – the likes of Argyll and Bute Council and Wealden District Council charge more than £50 for the service, for example.
If you live in England or Wales, you can find out how much your council will charge for bulky waste disposal by typing your postcode into the gov.uk website. If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, go to your council’s website and search for bulky waste disposal.
Having the council collect your mattress from your home can be convenient, but make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully. Many councils charge for the number of bulky items they’ll be collecting, but bear in mind that a bed frame and a mattress will likely count as at least two items. And items will often only be collected if they’re left in a designated spot outside the house.
Will the local tip take a mattress?
The local tip will take your old mattress, but to get it there you’ll need a vehicle big enough to fit it in. If the boot of your car isn’t big enough to fit the mattress when flat, you may find that it fits if you roll the mattress up as best as possible and fasten it using some rope.
But that’s a lot of effort to go to when the mattress may well just end up in landfill anyway. You may decide you’d rather go to the extra effort of taking it to a dedicated recycling facility, or decide you’d rather pay for the convenience of the council or a specialist disposal company coming to collect it from your house.
Can you recycle a mattress?
At the very least, some parts of your mattress will be recyclable, and it’s possible that all of it will be. And yet, according to The Furniture Recycling Group, Wembley Stadium could be filled five times with the 7.5 million mattresses that are discarded in the UK every year.
While mattress recycling is relatively labour-intensive, more and more facilities capable of doing this work are springing up around the UK. These facilities will break down your mattress into its recyclable components – springs can then be melted down and remade into new metal products, while synthetic layers such as foam can either be used to make carpet underlay or else can be sent to a plant where the waste can at least be converted into energy.
Aside from taking your old mattress to your nearest recycling centre yourself, the best way to ensure your mattress is recycled is to pay for it to be collected. But whether you use the local council, the company delivering your new mattress or a specialist mattress removal company, make sure it is clearly stated that the mattress will be recycled. Otherwise, it’s probably best to assume that it won’t be.
Can you pay a company to pick up a mattress?
Four in ten Which? members disposed of their last mattress by having the company delivering their replacement mattress collect it, according to our November 2017 survey of 902 respondents.
That’s perhaps not surprising given the number of major high-street retailers now offering this service. Argos and Ikea, for example, both offer to collect and recycle your old mattress for a fee of £20 when you buy a new mattress from them. John Lewis offers a similar service, charging new mattress customers a fee of £29.95 to responsibly dispose of their old mattress.
Bed-in-a-box mattress brands such as Casper and Emma also offer an old mattress collection service for customers.
But getting the retailer to collect your old mattress when they deliver the new one is only convenient if you’re sure that the new mattress is the one for you. Otherwise you’ll be left without a bed at all if you later decide to return it. If you’re in any doubt, specialist mattress companies such as Collect Your Old Bed can pick up and dispose of your old mattress at a time of your choosing. But it’s always worth making sure the company actually recycles the mattress. We’d also recommend checking how much your local council charge before paying for one of these services, or else you risk paying over the odds.
See our list of thebest mattress retailersfor more information.
Can you donate a mattress?
If your mattress is still in good condition, you should consider donating it to charity or giving it away for free. That way you can help someone in need as well as ensuring that it doesn’t end up in landfill.
Organisations such as British Heart Foundation and British Red Cross will resell your mattress and put the proceeds towards a good cause. Other organisations, such as Furniture Donation Network, directly give your mattress to someone in need. Several other charities also accept mattress donations, so if there is a cause you particularly want to support, it’s worth contacting the charity directly.
As a general rule, these organisations will collect your mattress free of charge, but they may request you send images first to prove that it is of acceptable quality. Any organisation accepting a mattress donation will expect it to be fit for use, clean and have a fire label intact.
Another way to ensure your mattress stays out of landfill sites is to use a non-profit initiative such as Freecycle, which will put you in touch with someone in the local area looking for a free second-hand mattress.
Are there any other ways to dispose of a mattress?
There are several other ways to get rid of a mattress, but we wouldn’t recommend most of them.
Although 1% of Which? members told us they disposed of their last mattress by burning it, we don’t advise it. Not only is a mattress fire hard to control, but the fumes released by the fire could also be damaging to both you and the environment.
If you happen to be renting a skip and don’t mind your mattress contributing to a worsening landfill problem, then you can get rid of your old mattress using a skip.
But you should never dispose of your mattress by putting it in someone else’s skip or, worse yet, simply abandoning it on the side of the road. As well as both being anti-social and environmentally harmful, fly tipping is illegal and can result in a large fine.
Now that you know how to dispose of your old mattress, find out how to buy the best new mattress to replace it with.
How can I dispose of old mattress and box springs?
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So, How can you dispose of your old mattress and box springs? There are many legal ways to do it, but it depends on where you live and you need to find out where to take it for disposal. There may be a company that collects old mattresses Or try to ask the store from where you purchase your new bed, if will they take the old mattress, or if the mattress is clean and in good condition try to trade it.
Mattress and electronics are one of the most difficult consumer products to get rid of legally — which is why they frequently end up getting illegally dumped. Trying to get rid of a mattress is a problem, but letting it rot away isn’t exactly eco-friendly, either. Recycling mattresses is also a big problem, as mattresses are made of many types like e.g. wood, steel, cotton, and polyurethane foam. Of all that, a foam is only easily recyclable.
But whatever you do, but don’t dump it on the street or elsewhere. So here are top 5 ways to dispose of your old mattress that you no longer need or want.
Sell or Give Away the Mattress
If your mattress is clean and in good condition and is gently used mattress and if you are not replacing it with a new one, consider selling it for a reasonable price. As long as the mattress doesn’t have any big issues or have any obvious signs of wear and tear, passing it to someone who needs it most can be a viable, environmentally friendly option.
Return the Mattress to the Manufacturer
But If you purchase a new Mattress then ask the retailer if they can replace the one you want to get rid of that you no longer need or want, or ask the stores if they can take your old mattress and return it to the manufacturer. With an estimated 50,000 mattress being disposed of every day in the US, so that’s why many manufacturers are taking on the task of mattress recycling themselves.
Donate Your Used Mattress to Charity
Check with your local non-profits organization to see if any of them is able to put the mattress to good use. Habitat for Humanity, churches, and homeless shelters and many more can also be good places to check. Try to donate the mattress to one who needs it the most. Once you’ve secured a place that will take your old mattress, try to deliver it or they should take it by themselves.
Find a Specialized Recycling Program to Get Rid of a Mattress
If you’re not able to sell, donate or replace your mattress, check with your city to see what your options are to get rid of a mattress. Many municipalities organize recycling programs themselves, if not they will show you the best place to get rid of your old mattress. Some cities will even pick up your used mattress and dispose of it appropriately for you.
Break the Mattress Down Yourself
If you have the time, and tools, you can easily break down a mattress yourself. Simply make a cut around the perimeter of the fabric covering and peel the cloth and foam away from the box springs and wooden frame. Now you can put these materials into your regular trash can. Next, take a saw and cut up the frame and then you can burn the wood or use for whatever you want to. Next, Take the box springs to a recycling centre or sell them for scrap.
If you haven’t understood how to break, the mattress by yourself, don’t worry, here’s step by step process for you.
Tools that you might need
- Utility knife, seam ripper and/or shop box cutter to cut fabric.
- A heavy pair of pliers to remove staples.
- Bolt cutter and/or wire clippers to cut springs.
- Saw for cutting the box spring frame.
- Boxes and/or bags to hold mattress parts.
Here’sHow to Break Down Your Mattress
1: Cut and Pull the Cord From the Mattress Edges
2: Remove the Mattress Sides
3: Pull the Top Layer of Fabric Off the Mattress
4: Gather the Fabric and Interior Padding
5: Remove the Bottom Fiber Layer
6: Cut and Recycle the Metal Springs
Here’s How to Take Apart a Box Spring
1: Remove Reinforced Corners and the Dust Cover
2: Pull Staples Binding Fabric
3: Remove the Fluffy Lining and Fabric
4: Disassemble the Wood Frame
The next time you go for Mattress add a durability factor in your purchasing decision. You might also want to consider the best mattress buying guide . Some mattress really has a long-term warranty. With proper maintenance, it’s possible for a mattress to last decades, which can go a long way toward reducing your household’s overall waste footprint. Yet for some of them, mattress disposal is not that easy because of the area and the city they live in.
So here were some tips on how to dispose of your old mattress, I hope this helps you to dispose of your mattress effectively. If you are going for a new one, check the Mattress with a lifetime warranty, but I would like to say that nothing lasts forever.
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As soon as your new mattress arrives, your old one becomes a heavy, bulky nuisance. Still, you shouldn’t just drop it in an alley or leave it by the dumpster — your regular garbage collection service might not pick up large items routinely, and dumping old mattresses on the street is illegal in some areas. Although you can have mattresses hauled to a landfill, recycling or reusing them is more eco-friendly and less wasteful. Never resell, donate or abandon a mattress that is infested with bedbugs or other pests; these must be disposed of by professionals.
Inspect the mattress for bedbugs by looking in the creases around the seams for black or red spots. Also look for stains, sagging areas and popped springs. You need to know what condition your mattress is in before you decide what to do with it.
Call local thrift stores, charity shops and shelters if your mattress is in reasonably good condition and free of bugs. Ask if they can accept a mattress as a donation, and if so, what their requirements are for the item’s condition. If someone wants your mattress, have them pick it up and haul it away, or deliver it to them if they don’t offer this service.
Place ads on sites like Craigslist.org and Recycler.com and in your local newspaper to sell your used mattress if it is in good condition and free of bugs. The better the mattress’s condition is, the more money you can probably ask for it; you can also set a higher price if you are able to deliver the mattress instead of having the buyer haul it away.
Take the mattress to a mattress recycling facility if there is one near you. These facilities break mattresses down to their component materials and keep as many as possible out of landfills. Many of these facilities require that you bring them the mattress rather than collecting it from you, and they usually charge a small fee. Visit the International Sleep Product Association’s website to check for recycling facilities in your area. If the mattress has an insect infestation, ask the recycling center what you need to do to the item before you deliver it.
Ask the retailer selling you your new mattress whether he can haul away the old mattress. Most retailers provide this service, but there’s no way to tell what they do with the item afterward, so this is the least reliable way to make sure your old mattress isn’t resold or reused inappropriately.
Contact your regular trash collector if you can’t find any other way to dispose of the mattress. Ask what you need to do to have your mattress taken to a landfill. If the item has bugs, ask if you need to do anything in particular to address this. Follow their instructions to have the mattress removed.
Old Mattress Recycling & Disposal Services
The process of mattress removal isn’t as easy as it looks. Not only are mattresses large and difficult to move on your own, they also can’t just be thrown in the garbage or left on a curb. The good news is, mattress disposal and recycling is easy with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.
Our mattress pick up services require little effort on your end. All you have to do is point!
1-800-GOT-JUNK? will easily take care of your old mattress pickup
Before we load your mattress into our shiny, clean truck, we’ll assess its condition to determine if we can make a mattress donation to a local charity. If not, we’ll ensure that it is taken to a mattress recycling facility or disposed of properly.
Here’s how our service works:
1.Simply schedule your free onsite estimate online or by calling1-800-468-5865.
2.Our friendly, uniformed truck team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled 2-hour appointment window.
3.When we arrive, just point to the old mattress you want to be removed and we’ll provide you with an up-front, all-inclusive price.
4.Once you say the word, we’ll haul your mattress away from wherever it’s located and finish by tidying up the area. Plus, we will recycle and donate whatever we can, whenever possible.
How to get rid of a mattress
Once it’s time to say goodbye to your old mattress, there are several options you can consider.
Here are a few ways to get rid of a mattress:
- Sell your mattress online.
- Contact your local recycling center.
- Donate your mattress to a local nonprofit organization or charity.
- Hire a commercial junk removal company that offers waste disposal services.
Mattresses should only go to the landfill as a last resort.
Can I put my mattress on the curb?
Putting your mattress on the curb is not the proper way to dispose of it. Depending on where you live, you could be fined up to $300. Before you contact your local waste management company about bulk garbage pickup, consider donating your old mattress to a local charity or recycling it.
How to dispose of an old bed frame
If your frame, headboard or footboard is in good condition, consider selling them online or donating them to a local charity. Bed frames that are in bad condition can be picked up, recycled, and hauled to your local waste facility.
What parts of a mattress can be recycled?
There are many parts of a mattress that can be recycled. Steel springs, wood frames, stuffing, and fabric are all contained in a mattress and can be recycled and reused in different ways.
However, mattresses are too big to be left out for pickup with your regular recycling. You’ll need to find a facility that specializes in mattress recycling and transport it there on your own.
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How to recycle a mattress
Mattresses are filled made from a variety of materials that can be reused once the mattress has reached the end of its life cycle.
Here are some ways you can recycle your mattress or give it another chance:
- Contact your local recycling company to find out if they pick up mattresses.
- Check your mattress warranty to see if your mattress can be bought back or collected by your retailer.
- Haul your mattress to a local recycling center.
- Give your mattress away online or to someone you know.
- Find creative uses for your mattress.
What happens when a mattress is recycled?
When a mattress is recycled it is cut open and disassembled. The materials are then compressed, stripped, and taken away. The springs and metal parts are sent to a scrap metal site, while the wooden items are recycled and used as fuel sources.
How do I know if my mattress is bad?
If your mattress is more than eight years old, it’s time to do some shopping. However, there are other warning signs that signal that it’s time to upgrade.
Here are six signs that it is time to look for a new mattress:
- You have allergies from dust mites.
- You’re waking up with aches and pains.
- Your mattress has lumps.
- You’re not getting enough sleep.
- Your mattress becomes “too hard” or “too soft.”
- Your mattress creaks and squeaks.