How to dispose of a mattress
Knowing when to get rid of a mattress can be as difficult as knowing how. Our guide to disposing mattresses explains all you need to know.
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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 to Dispose of Your Old Mattress
January 25, 2018
Is it time to buy a new mattress? Are you wondering what to do with your old mattress? The sheer size of a mattress, not to mention the weight, can make it difficult for you to move your mattress, even if you have help. The reason why there’s a growing need for learning how to dispose of an old mattress, is because so many people are now buying their new mattresses online. While buying a mattress online is the preferred way to buy a new mattress nowadays, it’s harder to find someone who can take away the old mattress when a new mattress is delivered.
Questions you should ask yourself in assessing the condition of your present mattress: How long have you owned it? Do you wake up in pain? Do you toss and turn at night?
How Long Should Your Mattress Last?
How long should your mattress last? Great question! Over time, every mattress is going to eventually lose its ability to provide the support and comfort you need for a good night’s sleep. This means that everyone will need to dispose of their old mattresses a few times during their lifetime.
While the average life span of a mattress is 10 years, the type and quality of the mattress is going to ultimately determine how long your mattress will last. Lesser quality mattresses tend to last an average of 5 to 7 years.
Eco Terra Latex Mattresses last an average of an impressive 15 years.
Extending the Life of Your Mattress
There are a few ways you can extend the life of your old mattress but it’s not recommended. Old mattresses tend to have sleepers tossing and turning during the night, due to sagging and more. They also have the ability to negatively affect a person’s overall health. Dust mites are unfortunately a common mattress issue that can cause many health problems, especially in allergy and asthma sufferers.
Sleeping on an old mattress can even be stressful, proven by a bed-based study which concluded that sleeping on a new mattress increases sleep qualityandreduces back discomfort.
How to Tell if Your Mattress is Worn Out
When is itreallytime for you to get a new mattress? The National Sleep Foundation tells us that more than 90% of people know that their quality of sleep depends on the quality of the mattress they choose to sleep on. Many tend to delay buying a new mattress due to the cost. The fact that mattresses are costly, makes it easier for people to sleep on their old mattress for much longer than they really should.
So is it time for you to get a new mattress? The answer is yes if:
- You often wake up tired and/or achy
- Your mattress is sagging and/or lumpy in areas
- Your mattress is tearing and/or ripping
Eco Terra Latex Mattresses come with a 15-year warranty and a 90-day money-back guarantee.
How to Dispose of Your Old Mattress
Responsible mattress removal is important. While some people tend to leave their old mattress on the curb or in a dumpster, this is not the proper way to dispose of an old mattress. What if everyone did this? This is why there are rules and laws for disposing of old mattresses, that must be followed in every city. If you’re wondering how to dispose of your old mattress, know that there are a few options for free mattress removal services.
The following are 3 responsible ways you can dispose of your old mattress.
- Recycle or Repurpose. You can recycle an old mattress for free. There are some recycling companies that can reuse many parts of the old mattress – wood, steel, cotton, box springs, foam – repurposing these parts into new products. If it’s a foam mattress, you can shred the foam into smaller pieces, and use it to make new pillows. You can also break the mattress down yourself, reusing the parts yourself or donating them to a recycling company. Old mattress disposal ideas are becoming more popular as more and more people continue to jump on the recycling and repurposing bandwagon.
- Mattress Recycling Company
- How to Break an Old Mattress Down
- Donate Your Old Mattress. You can also donate your old mattress. Donated mattresses must still be usable, so they can be used again.
- Salvation Army – They will come to your home to pick up your old mattress for free.
- Goodwill – Donated mattress must be in good shape.
- Habitat for Humanity
- Your Local Furniture Store
- Mattress Disposal Plus
- Bye-Bye Mattresses
- Homeless Shelters
- Throw it away. Sometimes the best choice for disposing of an old mattress is to simply throw it away. You’ll need to check with your city’s local mattress disposal regulations, in order to make sure you dispose of the mattress properly. You should also ask if there’s a mattress removal or disposal fee, so you know what to expect.
- Dumpster Rental – Mattress removal dumpster fees tend to range between $100 and $250, when renting a dumpster to dispose of an old mattress,
- Local Landfill – Most landfills or trash dumps will permit you to dispose of your old mattress.
- Old Mattress Removal Service – Contacting a junk removal service, to take away your old mattress, is easy to do and it can save you time and money.
Responsible mattress removal and disposal options should be a top priority for those who are disposing of their old mattress.
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.
Additional Tuck Resources
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How To Dispose Of A Mattress
Last Updated on April 8, 2020 by Lully Sleep
It is true that sleeping on anuncomfortable and saggymattress can disturb you throughout the night. It in turns leads to back pain thus, hindering your functionality. If you are not satisfied with the type of mattress you have,it important to investin a new one. You are probably thinking what you should then do with your current mattress.
There are a variety of ways you can dispose of your mattress legally,instead of burning or throwing it away. Disposing of a mattress differs from company to company, and for a majority of mattress stores, there is a requirement of purchasing a mattress before disposing of one. Below are the ethical methods of disposing of your mattress.
1. Give It to Your Retailer
A standard method is to consult your retailer. This is theideal method for those planningon investing in a more comfortable bed. Your desired manufacturer might take the old mattress for free. However, the mattress company may ask you to buy another one to compensate for the cost.
Sometimesmattress storesdo not charge you for this service, but there may be hidden charges under the price tag. Therefore, you should consider whether you would like to immediately purchase another mattress after disposing of the previous one.
2. Donate Your Mattress
Many charities or nonprofit organizations will accept your old mattress. Unless the condition of the mattress is unsanitary, then you can donate it to specific organizations that accept mattresses. For those of you who do not know which organizations would accept this donation, don’t worry, we’ll discuss that later in the article.
A prominent international organization is theSalvation Army. This organization aims to help needy families and are located across the United States. You can either drop your mattress off at one of their locations or call them for a free pickup service.
Another organization is Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit organization which accepts used household furniture including used mattresses. Like the Salvation Army, it alsooffers free servicesacross the country.
A third charity organization where you can dispose of your mattress is Furniture Bank Association. Theywelcome household’s itemssuch as old mattress that is still in excellent condition.
3. It’s Time to Sell It
Selling your old and lumpy mattress is the option most of you want to hear. Who doesn’t want tomake some moneyfrom their used things? Before you decide to sell it, make sure that your mattress is in excellent condition. This means cleaning it, because the cleaner and intact it is, the more likely it is that you are able to sell it.
There are different online websites where you can sell your mattress such as eBay and Craigslist for example. However, to get the best price for your mattress here are few tips to follow.
- Wash and remove all stains from your mattress.
- Upload high-quality imagesto these sites to attract customers.
- Add specific details about the mattress and your desired prices.
4. Send It to Recycling Centers
Sending your mattress to the recycling centers might be inconvenient for the majority of you, since this requirestransporting your mattress, which can be a hassle. However, you can feel proud of yourself once you have completed this task and it’s always easier and a bit more fun when you have the help of a friend.
Once you arrive at the recycling center, one of their assistants will help you unload the mattress and recycle it.
5. Rent a Large Open-Top Waste Container
Many of you have neverrented an open-top waste container, also known as a skip or dumpster. However, these can be incredibly helpful when disposing of large objects, such as mattresses. Renting a large waste container is aneasy and convenient method.
Some rental waste container companies may charge you a little more for the mattress, but it varies based on the size of your mattress. To reduce the charges, you can cut up the mattress into smaller pieces.
6. Use a Local Authority Service
Whiledisposing of your mattress, do not forget that some local authority services offer the option to take large household items. Not every council gives you this service and those who do, may charge a fee. This method saves you from putting the extra effort into carrying your mattress to a different location.
Instead, the local authority service books a date and collects it within the time frame. After this, they will recycle it properly in order that it does not destroy the environment.
7. Recycle Your Mattress
Another reliable method of disposing, is recycling the mattress yourself to ensure a clean and better environment. For this purpose, there exist a few businesses that collect and professionally recycles mattresses. It has estimated that80% to 90%of the mattress can be reused.
Once you find a recycling center that accepts the mattress, you will be surprised to find that many of these companies do not ask for any money. For those who are not residing near a thrift or recycling center then ajunk removal optionis also acceptable. They will check the warranty and quality of the mattress and then pick up your mattress and recycle it.
8. Break It Down
Most of the time due to the quality and other reasons,many charity organizationsdo not accept mattresses. If this is the case, you have the option to break down the mattress for disposal. The below-mentioned steps are required toprepare your mattress of disposing.
- Bring your mattress out to an open area such as a backyard.
- Take a sharp knife and remove the outer covering of the mattress. Cut the box springs around the corners and extract the fabric.
- Clean the fabric of the mattress.
- Collect the fabric and place it in a
9. Offer It to Your Friend or Colleague
It should be mentioned that sharing is caring. Almost everyone has friends that believe in sharing. If there is no option left for disposing of a mattress, donate it to a friend. In some rare cases offering a used mattress may be taken offensively.
To avoidany hurt feelings, simply inform your friend you have an extra used mattress since you had recently bought a new one. With this method, there is a better chance that your friend will take your used mattress.
10. Do It Yourself Recycling
You can also recycle your mattress without using any charged services. There aresurprisingly many differentuses for an old mattress. However, recycling also depends upon the type of the mattress you have.
For breaking down the mattress, all you will need is a screwdriver, pliers, and sharp blade. Mattresses with inner springs can beeasily recycledwithout any mess. The coils can be scrap metal after the process of recycling.
11. Use a Free Collector Ad
If the choices mentioned above do not work for you, then a collector may be an option. Not everyone can sell a mattress effectively online. In this case, you can create an advertisement for it on a website. It will reach a greater audience of people who are looking for a free mattress and will help you in saving a bit of money.
12. Throw It in the Waste
If you do not have any luck in any of the above options, thendispose of the mattressin the waste. You can divide your foam into smaller pieces and store it for a couple of weeks. In this ways, you can throw smaller pieces away each day. Although this method takes longer than the other options, it is free of cost.
All in all, we can say that disposal of the mattress is not an arduous task if tackled correctly. Moreover, before youplan to disposeof a mattress do not forget to check for its quality and appearance, because nobody wants to buy a used product that is full of dirt and stains. Whether you prefer to spend money or not, the–will help you in disposing of a mattress.
How to Dispose of a Mattress
Wondering how you should dispose of that old mattress? Despite being bulky and heavy, there are several options for mattress disposal, including renting a dumpster, donating a gently used mattress or recycling it. Use the options below to find the mattress removal solution that is right for you.
Mattress Disposal Options
A gently used mattress can be donated, but if yours is old and worn-out, you’ll need to throw it away. Look through the mattress disposal options below to find one that’s convenient for you.
1. Rent a Dumpster
If you’re disposing of an old mattress as part of a larger home cleanout, renting a dumpster is a good option for getting rid of all your junk at once, excluding prohibited materials. With a dumpster rental on your property, you can easily carry your mattress and box spring into the bin and be done with it. The price of a dumpster rental is also more cost-effective than most other disposal options.
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2. Check With Your Curbside Trash Collection Service
In some areas, municipal curbside collection services will collect mattresses during weekly service or on specified days. Reach out to your service provider to find out if this is an option in your area.
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3. Junk Removal Service
Junk removal services are another option for mattress removal. This service will come to your location and haul away your mattress and other junk using a truck. However, you won’t get a quote for this service until they see how much space your items take up in the truck. You will also need to be on-site during the process and work within the two-hour window they provide.
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How Much Does Mattress Removal Cost?
Mattress removal costs depend on the number and size of the mattresses you’re getting rid of, as well as the service you choose and your location. Using a recycling service, you can usually expect to pay $20 to $40 fee for each mattress. Disposing of a mattress through a junk removal service can cost anywhere from $100 to $150, based on the above factors.
If you are getting rid of multiple mattresses as well as other household junk, a dumpster rental is the most economical option. The average cost of a dumpster rental is $433, which typically covers 20 cubic yards’ worth of junk, more than twice the amount included with your typical junk removal service and can fit multiple mattresses and box springs.
In contrast, the average cost of using a junk hauling service is $297, which usually covers only 9 cubic yards’ worth of junk.
Mattress Recycling Options
There are some ways to get rid of your mattress by recycling it. These options will allow you to keep the mattress out of the landfill and reduce your carbon footprint.
1. Consult the Mattress Recycling Council
In California, Connecticut and Rhode Island, mattresses are legally required to be recycled through a program administered by the Mattress Recycling Council, which costs between $9 and $11 per mattress. To get rid of your mattress in these locations, you will need to have your mattress removed by the retailer when the new one arrives or deliver it to a certified recycling facility.
2. Find a Recycling Location Near You
There are also more than 20 other states with at least one mattress recycling facility. Use Earth 911’s recycling database to find a facility near you. Fees may apply.
3. Ask About Retailer Take-Back Services
If you are in the process of buying a new mattress, ask the retailer if they will remove and recycle your old mattress when delivering the new one. This common option is convenient but may include a small fee.
Options for Donating Your Mattress
Even if you are getting a new one, you may not have to throw out your old mattress if it doesn’t show much wear. If the mattress is less than 5 to 7 years old and does not have any rips, stains, frayed edges or obvious signs of compression, it could still be useful to someone else.
1. Find It a New Home
Check with relatives and friends who may be looking for an extra mattress, or simply want to replace their current one. As long your as mattress is in good shape, this is a great way to keep it out of the landfill.
2. Donate Your Mattress to a Local Nonprofit
There are also numerous nonprofit organizations and institutions that would gladly take your gently used mattress. The groups below generally accept mattress donations, though local policies may differ.
These organizations usually offer mattress pickup:
- Salvation Army (Also allows drop-off)
- St. Vincent de Paul (Varies by location, fee may apply)
- Furniture Bank Association of America locations (Also allows drop off)
These organizations typically require mattress drop-off:
- Places of Worship
- Local Charities and Shelters
Frequently Asked Questions About Mattress Disposal
How do I know if a mattress can be disposed of in a dumpster in my area?
If you are renting a dumpster for a home cleanup or specific project, call our customer service team to find out if we accept mattresses in your area beforehand. If we do, there may be an additional charge for each mattress you are disposing of due to local disposal fees charged by the landfill or transfer station.
Can I mix other debris with mattresses in a dumpster rental?
Yes, when you rent a dumpster you can place any old mattresses and household junk inside the container, so long as they are accepted in your area.
Are there any fees for disposing of a mattress in a dumpster?
In some areas there are fees associated with getting rid of a mattress. Mattress disposal fees apply when the local landfill or transfer station must break down or recycle the mattress. These charges come directly from the local facility and will apply during a dumpster rental, curbside pickup and landfill drop-off.
Can I break apart my mattress and throw away the accepted materials?
You can break down your mattress yourself to make disposing of it easier, though you may still be subject to any associated disposal fees. Breaking down the mattress may reduce the amount of space your debris takes up in the dumpster rental or junk removal truck.
Can I get rid of box springs in the same way as a mattress?
Depending on the service you choose, you should be able to dispose of an old mattress and a box spring in the same way. If you rent a dumpster, you can throw both in the bin. If you are scheduling a pickup or removal with a junk hauling service, you may pay more to have both removed.