Mattress Disposal Guide: How To Get Rid Of Your Old Mattress 

Mattress Disposal Guide: How To Get Rid Of Your Old Mattress

It’s recommended to replace your mattress every 10 years.

Generally, this number depends on the person and mattress type. When you opt to replace yours it will depend on how often you use your mattress and how well you take care of it.

When it comes to getting rid of your mattress, leaving it on the curb is not the way to go.

Not disposing of your bed properly can lead to some hefty fines, so it’s important to do your research first. Before getting rid of your mattress, it’s a good idea to check your mattress’ warranty.

A warranty is basically a time frame the mattress company will give in which they will replace your mattress if it gets damaged.

Generally, this number is anywhere between five and ten years, however, every warranty is different.

You’ll want to check if your warranty covers mattress removal and replacement. If your warranty doesn’t cover removal, you’ll have to dispose of the mattress on your own.

It’s important to do your own research to see if there are any policies your state enforces. Research your state’s policies for mattress removal before disposing of your mattress. Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to dispose of your mattress. To help, this article outlines each mattress disposal option available to you below.

Option 1. Recycle It

According to the Mattress Recycling Council, more than 80% of mattresses can be recycled.

The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of a mattress is to recycle it.

Throwing your mattress in the garbage means it will end up in a landfill and add to the planet’s waste.

To check to see if your mattress can be recycled, conduct a quick Google search using your zip code to see if there are mattress recycling services in your city.

If you can’t find any mattress recycling facilities in your area, you can check out the following resources:

Earth911 is one of the world’s largest online databases for recycling centers with over 100,000 listings.

All you have to do is input the item you’re recycling and your zip code.

City Resources
Contact your city’s municipal offices that are in charge of trash and recycling.

Reach out and see if they have any information on how to recycle a mattress.

If your mattress is wet, stained, or infested with bed bugs, torn or ripped mattresses are usually okay.

If that is the case, your mattress won’t be able to be donated.

Option 2: Donate It

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If your mattress is still in good condition, try donating to a local charity or business that accepts mattress donations.

Some businesses will offer free pickup and donating your mattress may make you eligible for a tax deduction.

Some organizations you can donate your mattress to include:

Salvation Army
Salvation Army will offer free mattress pickup in certain areas. If not, you can drop your mattress off at a Salvation Army near you. Always check the condition of your mattress before donating. It must be free of rips, tears, holes, and other types of damage. Reach out to the Salvation Army beforehand to make sure they’ll accept your mattress. All donations are tax-deductible.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity owns a chain of thrift stores called ReStore. Some will accept mattress donations and may even offer mattress pickup.

Goodwill has 162 locations across Canada and the US. Some locations will take mattresses off your hands if they are in good condition. Contact your local Goodwill for more information.

Catholic Charities
There are Catholic Charities around Canada that run shelters and housing programs that could benefit from old mattresses. Check their website to locate programs near you.

Furniture Bank Association of America
The FBA provides used furniture at little to no cost to impoverished communities. They often accept mattresses in good shape. In some cases, they can come and pick the mattress up if you live in a 20-mile radius. Make sure to call beforehand to save time and avoid any scheduling mishaps.

Donation Town
Donation Town is a great online resource for finding charities in your area. All you have to do is type in your zip code and then reach out to local charities.

Option 3: Resell Or Give It Away

Use your social media channels by posting that your used mattress is up for grabs.

Try using online marketplaces like OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, or Craigslist. Simply post a picture of your mattress on one of these sites and offer up a price.

If you aren’t having any luck with it, you can list it as “free” on Craigslist.

Option 4: Repurpose It

This is a perfect project for a DIY person. Try breaking down the mattress and box springs yourself.

Mattresses contain a variety of useful materials including steel, polyurethane foam, memory foam, latex foam, natural fibers, wooden parts, nails, screws, and more.

You can use the materials for a variety of purposes including:

Recycling The Parts
Remove the steel parts and springs from your mattress and sell them to local scrap yards and scrap metal recyclers in your area. If your mattress includes cotton, wool, silk, polyester, or rayon, those materials can be recycled as well.

Home Projects
The foams and cotton in your old mattress can be used for several things around your home. They can be shredded and used as carpet padding, insulation, filters, seat cushions, pet bedding, pillows, and more.

Break down the wooden parts of your mattress and use them for gardening. When shredded, the wood works great for lawn mulch. You can also use the wooden slats to create a compost bin.

Arts And Crafts
The fabric that covers your mattress can make a great DIY rug and memory foam padding can be cut into small sizes and used as cleaning sponges. There are also screws and nails in your mattress that can be used for arts and crafts.

The coils and springs of your mattress can be melted down and made into various objects such as plant and candle holders, ornaments, bird feeders, and much more.

Option 5: Throw It Away

If you’ve exhausted all your options and are unable to recycle, donate, resell, or repurpose your old mattress, the last option is to throw it out.

However, that doesn’t mean leaving it next to your dumpster. Many areas have specific rules and regulations in place around throwing away mattresses.

Several places don’t allow you to leave a mattress in the trash and doing so can result in a ticket or fine.

If you live in an area that doesn’t allow you to throw out your mattress with your regular trash, there are a couple of other options available.

Waste Disposal Service
There are several types of waste disposal services that can get rid of the trash you can’t throw away in the regular garbage. These are private businesses that can collect old mattresses.

This company is another junk removal service that can remove mattresses. All you have to do is call the number (800) 468-5865 and a team will come and pick up the mattress from you. Unlike Load Up, they do not accept mattresses with bed bugs.

10 Signs You Need a New Mattress

jumping on bed

If you have had your mattress for roughly seven years, you should begin inspecting it for wear and tear. If you start to notice any of the signs below, it’s probably time to get a new mattress.

-Your mattress has started to sag.
-Your mattress has rips or worn edges.
-There are broken coils in your mattress.
-Your mattress has started to smell.
-Your mattress squeaks or makes noise.
-Your mattress feels more like a hammock.
-You have begun waking up with aches and pains.
-You have difficulty falling and staying asleep.
-You’re able to feel your partner’s movements more than usual.
-You wake up tired or with allergies.

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