What to do with an Old Mattress

If you recently purchased a new mattress you may be having difficulty deciding how to get rid of your old mattress. They are bulky to carry and difficult to transport if you don’t have a truck. Most garbage removal services won’t take them if you put them out with the trash, or may charge you extra for removal.  Instead of throwing your old mattress in a landfill, consider a few of these alternatives.


If your mattress is clean and in good condition, you can donate it. While many charities no longer accept mattresses from the public due to sanitation issues, a few will. The most notable and prevalent is the Salvation Army.  Many Salvation Army locations will even arrange for a pick up, solving the problem of carrying and transporting the mattress. Simply find a Salvation Army location near you and call to see if they are able to pick up the mattress.  Not all locations will have this service available, but many will.  Donation Town is another organization found online that will help you arrange a mattress pickup with a local charity. If you cannot find a local charity that will accept the mattress, check with local churches and food banks. They may know a family who is in need of a clean bed and the mattress can be given away, without the intermediary charity.  You can also place an add on Craigslist or Freecycle and give it away to anyone willing to come pick it up.


When purchasing your new mattress, have mattress removal in mind.  Some mattress retailers will remove your old mattress for free or a small fee. If the mattress you want is sold in several locations, you may be able to bargain for free removal. Some retailers even say they will recycle the mattress, but you may want to follow up about where and how, to ensure that the mattress will be recycled.


If your mattress is in poor condition, you may be able to recycle it. Begin by asking family, friends, neighbors, local homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters or a refugee resettlement program. You can also call your local recycling center or transfer station and see if they will recycle mattresses.

Through recycling, reusing, or donating, you can get rid of your mattress, and at the same time help out someone else in need. As the old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”


Photo “baranabas network warehouse” courtesy of Justin Leonard


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