How to Dispose of a Used Mattress?

Posted By Julia on Apr 12, 2018 | 0 comments

Buying a mattress is a serious decision but how to get rid of it when it is old is the last thing, many of us never factor in the buying decision. Many of us think they will just bundle it up and take it to a landfill.

However, that is not the best way to dispose of it because some materials incorporated in the mattress are not-biodegradable.

This becomes a serious problem if the landfill area is to be used for other projects like building.  Now that landfill is not a good option for disposal, the question you may have is what then should you do with your old mattress.

In this article, I want to show you how you can dispose of that old mattress positively. While not of all may work for you, at least you can be sure to find one that works for you to be best mattress for back pain.

  • Ask the retailer recommendations when buying your new mattress

The first thing you can do is to raise mattress disposal as an issue to you. By doing so, the retailer will be able to recommend you the best option for disposal or if they can offer to take it away for you when the new one is delivered. Do not forget to ask because most mattress retailers collaborate with recycling services that can help you dispose of bulky items like mattresses.

  • Sell it out

Perhaps you did not know you could sell your old mattress if it is still in a good condition. However, you need to have it cleaned professionally and then get a photo with a detailed description. Notably, do not expect to make a catch from its sale remember your goal is to get rid of it without spending a penny.

  • Repurpose it

Other than selling it off, your old mattress can also be put to useful use. If you are disposing of your entire bed, you can use the frame to hold the compostable waste materials. Then you can use the entire mattress or its materials to cover the compost heap to maintain the compost temperature.

Furthermore, you can use the springs to make ornaments, wine racks or even fun outdoor art projects. The paddings can make a good dog bed while the fabric can be used for cushion covers.

  • Give it away

At times trying to sell the old mattress does not work. In such situations, you can advertise it free. Although you may not make a kill from this at least it saves you the hassle of paying someone to take it away or tearing it apart. Take advantage of sites like, which connects people giving away things in their area.

  • Donate it to organizations that accept it

If your old mattress is in good condition, it can be useful to someone else. Luckily there are many nonprofit and charitable organizations like ‘Habitat for Humanity’ that would be grateful to take your donation. Most of these organizations offer free pick up service or local drop-off locations where they pick it up later.

  • Haul away

If you are, busy and you hardly have time for most of the options above. You can utilize the service of companies that haul away old mattress for recycling at a price. It is one of the easiest options around. Surprisingly, some companies will haul your mattress at zero cost. This serves as an incentive for you to buy a new mattress from them.


Mattress disposal is an important consideration that should cross your mind when buying a mattress. Selling it off, hauling away, repurposing it, giving it away free are all eco-friendly options to get rid of your mattress. Choose the option that best suits you most.

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