How To Properly Get Rid Of Your Old Mattress

How to Properly Get Rid of Your Old Mattress

So the time has come to welcome a new mattress into your home and say goodbye to your old mattress. If you think simply throwing your mattress out in the nearest dumpster is the way to get rid of it – think again. Proper disposal of old mattresses is important, and there are usually city rules and regulations in regards to disposal. Keep reading to find out the best ways to get rid of your old mattress after purchasing a new one.

Determine What To Do with Your Mattress

You may think that all mattresses need to be thrown away, but you can recycle/repurpose your old mattress or even donate it depending on the condition and wear.


There are several recycling companies that will happily accept used mattresses as they can repurpose many components of the mattress – steel, wood, cotton, foam, and even the springs into new products. All-foam mattress can also be broken down & shredded to make new pillows. Below are a few sources to determine how to recycle your mattress:

Donate Your Mattress

Another way to get rid of your mattress is to donate it! If you plan to donate your old mattress, it’s important to note that the mattress must still be usable and in decent condition. There are several places that you can donate your mattress to, some places like Salvation Army will even come to your house to pick it up! Checkout the below places that you can donate a mattress to:

Throw It Out & Schedule a Pick Up

If you’re having your new mattress delivered from a store, they can usually take away your old mattress upon delivery. However, if you opted for a bed-in-a-box for your new mattress – you’ll need to schedule a separate mattress pickup from a local or national mattress disposal company, or take it to a local landfill yourself. Hiring a company will save you time, energy, and effort of getting rid of your old mattress.

Before you decide on a pickup service, it’s recommended that you check your city’s mattress regulations to ensure the process is done properly. It’s also best practice to book a pickup appointment at least a day in advance so you’re sure to have a time slot that works for your schedule.

Any pickup service will have a team that can handle the size and weight of your mattress, but it’s important to do your part as well. Before they arrive, make sure there’s a clear path to your old mattress and to the exit to make the process go as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Getting rid of an old mattress may seem like a hassle, but there are multiple options that allow experts to do the heavy lifting – so you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying your brand new mattress!


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