How To Dispose Of A Mattress

April 25, 2022

Every year, in the United States, 50,00 of the 18.2 million old mattresses thrown away end up in landfills. There is a need to cut down on this waste, and owners of these mattresses must look for the right way to dispose of them.

Mattress buying experts from tell that a mattress requires replacing every eight-nine years, normally, but this can change depending not only from person to person but also on the type of mattress used. An option for replacement will be exercised depending on how well you care for it and the use you have made of your bed.

Are you having a question about how you should dispose of your mattress? You cannot just leave it on the curb, and it can be quite stressful if you have to cart it to the city dump. If you are not careful about disposing of it properly, you can pay a fine, which is why it can help if you first research this topic.

How To Get Rid of Your Mattress?

Check on its warranty first. Your mattress company will have given you a time frame during which they would replace a damaged mattress. This can be anywhere between 5 and 10 years, and every company will give you a different warranty.

Your warranty can cover mattress removal as well as replacement. If removal is not covered, you have to arrange for its disposal on your own.

Research the policies that are in force in your state before you dispose of your old mattress. There are some states, like Rhode Island, California, and Connecticut, where the laws are very robust.

You do not have to think about disposal, as their laws have recycling programs in place, thus taking the matter of disposal of the old mattress off your hands. This is not the case in all states, and you need to find out what the policies are in the state where you are residing.

Dispose of your mattress only after you have done this research. To help you in the matter, we have given below the various options normally available to you.

| Recycle It

An illustration is of a mattress cut open to reveal the springs and layers of foam that it has inside.

Recycling is by far the best way of getting rid of an old mattress and one that is environmentally friendly. If instead, you throw it in the garbage, it will add to the waste on the plant by finding its way into a landfill. The Mattress Recycling Council says that 80 % of old mattresses can be recycled. So, attempt recycling yours.

Go to Google and search for mattress recycling services available in your area by using your zip code in the search for mattress recycling programs.

Most of these programs, where available, will charge you a small fee of less than $40 to pick up your mattress. The states that we mentioned before, Rhode Island, California, and Connecticut, make it easier for recycling by allowing free pickup or levying very nominal charges. Every state will have its specifics.

Mattresses can even be donated, but this may not be possible if your mattress has a bed bug infestation, is stained, or wet, though mattresses that are ripped or torn can be donated.

| Donation

Illustration of a trolley with a mattress being pushed by a man towards a center, the Habitat for Humanity.

If your mattress is still in reasonably good condition, look for charities and businesses that accept mattresses as a donation. Some may not charge you for picking it up, and most donations are eligible for tax deductions.

Reach out to local businesses, homeless shelters, hospitals, hotels, thrift stores, and universities, and see if they need an old mattress. Ask them for information about the disposal of old mattresses if they do not, and quite often, you will receive proper directions.

| Give It Away or Resell It

If you cannot or are unwilling to donate it or recycle the old mattress, consider the option of reselling it, as long as the bed is in reasonably good shape. You may not get an excellent price, but you never know. There may be somebody in your network who will need a mattress and purchase it from you.

Use social media to post information on the mattress you want to sell. There are also other online marketplaces, like Craiglist, NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace, or Offerup. See that you post the price you are asking for and add a picture of your mattress. If everything fails, list it on Craiglist as "free" and get rid of your bed.

| Repurposing It

If you are a DIY enthusiast, work on it and separate the various materials your mattress is made of:

  • steel box springs
  • natural fibers
  • memory foam
  • latex foam
  • polyurethane foam
  • parts made of wood
  • screws
  • nails

An illustration of plant holders, compost bin, fabric, and money generated by the mattress parts.

All the materials that your mattress generates can be put to a variety of uses and purposes:

Parts recycling: Sell the springs and other steel parts to scrap metal recyclers or a scrap yard in your locality. If your mattress contains rayon, polyester, silk, wool, or cotton, all these are materials that you can also recycle.

Home projects: Cotton and foam in the mattress can be used around your home. Shred and used as padding for carpets, insulation, seat cushions, pillows, bedding for pets, or filters, among others.

Gardening: Wooden parts should be shredded and used as mulch for your lawn in your garden, as wood works very well when used as mulch. The slats can also be used to construct a compost bin.

Arts and Crafts: Make a DIY rug using the fabric that covers the mattress. Cut the memory foam into small sizes and use them as cleaning sponges. Nails and screws can always be of use in arts and crafts.

Decoration: Make bird feeders, ornaments, candle and plant holders, and other things from the steel melted down from the springs and coils of your mattress.

| Throwing It Away

If none of the options of recycling, donating, reselling or repurposing is to your liking, you are only now left with the option of throwing it away. You cannot just leave it on the curb next to your dumpster, as most cities have laws regarding the disposal of old mattresses, and you may even be levied a fine if you do so.

Some cities allow you to throw mattresses into a dumpster, but certain rules even govern this. You may be required to put your mattress into a plastic bag. Check the regulations in your area before you decide to throw away your old mattress.

If the regulations in your area do not allow you to throw away your old mattress, look at the other options available.

Throw away your old mattress only as a last option, and if you have to do so, see that you do so responsibly.


Carlos Diaz
I believe in making the impossible possible because there’s no fun in giving up. Travel, design, fashion and current trends in the field of industrial construction are topics that I enjoy writing about.

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