Learn how to safely dispose of an old, used and unwanted mattress properly.
It’s all in the hips. Easy does it when disposing of an old mattress. If only it was that easy! Unfortunately, finding ways to properly dispose of mattresses takes a decent amount of work, especially if you want to be eco-friendly while doing so.
Disposing of your bed by leaving it on the curb can lead to high fines and finding city dumps or recycling centers near you can be overwhelming and time-consuming.
Ready to turn your back on your old mattress?
Do your research on how to properly dispose of a mattress in your state, as some states like California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have enacted mattress recycling laws, rules, and regulations as a way to reduce mattresses from ending up in landfills.
Once you know what your localized recycling laws are, you’re ready to choose an eco-friendly, affordable, and compliant solution for disposing of your mattress.
If all else fails, you can get creative with your old mattress and turn it into something new. However, we want you to have all of your options laid out in front of you so we’ve listed out the mattress disposal solutions you can take advantage of below.
How to Dispose of an Old Mattress
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- Check up on your mattress warranty
- Find mattress removal services near you
- Take it to a nearby mattress recycling center
- Drop it off at local mattress donation facilities
- Try selling old mattresses online or to a friend
- Repurpose the materials in your old mattress
- Throw out the old mattress and box spring
- Get a mattress pickup from LoadUp
Check up on your mattress warranty
Don’t just leave it on the curb and forget about it. Find out if your mattress warranty is still intact as they can expire between 5-10 years.
Call the original mattress company that you bought it from to ask if your warranty covers both mattress removal and replacement. While they vary, many don’t cover mattress removal so you may still have to dispose of the old mattress on your own.
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Find mattress removal services near you
The easiest way to get rid of an old mattress is by calling a junk removal professional to safely remove it from your home and find the best disposal solution for you.
Traditionally, junk removal services charge you once they are at your home through on-site estimates, however with LoadUp you can schedule your mattress haul away online for an upfront price.
Professional mattress removal services can save you time determining the best way to dispose of a mattress, but not all come at the same price. Save money by asking for a few free quotes to help you find the most affordable company.
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Take it to a nearby mattress recycling center
Did you know, 80% of the material in mattresses can be recycled? With that being the case, recycling mattresses is 100% the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of a mattress.
Finding a local mattress recycler is a good idea, however not every city has a conveniently located drop-off center, and bulky mattresses and box springs can be expensive to haul.
Take advantage of mattress recycling programs
From free scheduled mattress pickups to on-demand low-cost options, mattress recycling programs vary by state so make sure you do your research. If they offer pickup, some may remove it from inside your home but most will simply haul it from your curb.
To find mattress recycling services in your city, a quick Google search of “mattress recycling programs near me” should provide some options.
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Drop it off at local mattress donation facilities
Help out your community! If your mattress is in good condition, you can drop it off at a local charity that accept used mattress donations. Please keep in mind that your bed will not be accepted for donation if the mattress is wet, stained, or has an active bed bug infestation.
Donating your mattress and/or box spring is a great way to ensure it gets re-used and is pretty much as close as you can get to getting rid of an old mattress for free, but you’ll still need to spend the time and strength hauling yourself.
While a few organizations may also offer mattress pickup for a small fee, most do not provide mattress removal services.
Below are a few charities that accept mattress donations:
- Salvation Army
- Bye Bye Mattress
- Habitat for Humanity
- Donation Town
- Homeless Shelters
- Charities & Thrift Stores
- Furniture Bank Association of America
💵 Money Tip: When tax season rolls around, get a deduction for donating your old mattress!
Try selling old mattresses online or to a friend
Perhaps you’ve downsized homes and the guest bedroom’s mattress is no longer needed. When your mattress hasn’t been used much and is in good shape, selling it might work.
While it’s not a guaranteed way to get rid of an old mattress, someone you know could be in need of a bed and wouldn’t mind buying your used mattress for a discount. And the only thing better than free mattress disposal is getting paid for getting rid of it.
Resell your mattress on websites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and OfferUp simply by posting a picture of your used mattress.
Repurpose the materials in your old mattress
DIY projects aren’t for everyone, but the great thing about trying one with your old mattress is if it only sort of looks like the idea you found on Pinterest, so what? You got rid of the mattress and that’s the entire point.
Some ways you can repurpose your mattress include using memory foam as carpet padding, insulation, pet bedding, pillows and more.
Don’t have a memory foam mattress? Well, we don’t have the time to go into all the ways you can upcycle mattresses. Be creative! They contain a multitude of practical materials like steel wires, wooden parts, polyurethane foam, latex, natural fibers, nails, screws, and much more.
Want more info? You can find other safe ways to dispose of your old mattress with LoadUp’s complete mattress disposal guide. From how to asses the condition of your mattress to ways to grant it a second life through mattress pads or other ideas on how to repurpose some of its materials, we have it all outlined for you right here.
Throw out the old mattress and box spring
As a last resort, you can throw your mattress away with your regular trash in some cities. To avoid being charged with a fine, check the regulations of your local Waste Management service before throwing out your mattress with your regular trash.
Typically, you need to wrap the mattress in a plastic bag and seal it closed with packing tape before throwing away your mattress on the curb with your other trash.
Can you take a mattress to the dump?
Yes, in most cities, you can take your mattress to the dump but be prepared that once you’ve hauled it all the way there, you will still have to pay a disposal fee.
Avoid throwing your mattress away in a dumpster. Not only can it land you a fine, but they are difficult to properly dispose of since they can contain bodily fluids, bed bugs, and other gunk that is often considered hazardous waste.
That said, if you rent a dumpster sometimes mattress disposal options are available but there will be an extra fee for each mattress to cover the cost of breaking them down before they’re recycled or landfilled.
If you live somewhere that doesn’t permit disposing of old mattresses by curbing or taking it to the dump — don’t worry, you still have one last great option!
Get a mattress pickup from LoadUp
From backaches and sleepless nights to sinking deeply into your bed, you’ve experienced all the signs that your mattress is old and is due for an upgrade. You’ve already sacrificed your back enough. Skip lifting heavy beds and hauling them for recycling or donation with LoadUp.
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We provide upfront costs to make recycling hazardous and non-hazardous waste, regardless if it’s just one mattress or an entire hotel’s worth, cost-effective, fast, and eco-friendly.
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Whenever you need to get rid of an old mattress, rely on our local experts to work pro-actively for you. Keep bulk out of your home while keeping up with local recycling laws to prevent your unwanted mattress from both landing you a hefty fine and adding to landfill waste. For prices often 20 – 30% less than other junk haulers, schedule a mattress pickup with LoadUp today.
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