Mattress disposal: how, where and how much it will cost
The disposal of mattresses is (in the truest sense of the word) no small matter. Leaving something that big for the garbage collectors is not an option. You may also want to keep it out of the landfill.
So if you’ve bought yourself a brand new mattress (hands down from our list of the best mattresses), how do you properly dispose of it? The list of options depends on the condition of the mattress. If it’s not past its useful life – it just wasn’t the right design for you – you have more choices. Use our expert guide to find the best strategy for disposing of mattresses.
Let your new mattress supplier take it away
Depending on where you decided to buy the new mattress, you may be able to get the store to take the old one away. The company can use a special recycling service for mattresses. For example, John Lewis works with the TFR group, which diverts 100 percent of the mattresses it processes from landfill.
When you buy a new Ikea mattress, the company can take away the old mattress. It is given to a local charity partner, who in turn donates it to those in need or, if that is not possible, breaks it down and recycles it in an environmentally conscious way, the company said.
Other companies that will take that old mattress off your feet when you switch to one of theirs are Casper and Emma.
Note that even though you bought a new one from this company, there may be a fee to remove your old mattress. Therefore, always check the terms and conditions first.
Dispose of an old mattress yourself
If the store where you bought a new mattress doesn’t offer removal for the old mattress, you may be able to arrange disposal yourself. Be careful not only to dispose of, but also to recycle if you prefer.
Here we look at some of the options:
1. Mattress removal by the council
You can have a look at the mattress disposal services available from your local council. Find out about waste collections in your area by entering your postcode on the UK government website or by going directly to the local authority website. Note, however, that you will likely be billed for this service – and that while some municipalities recycle old mattresses, many don’t and land in a landfill.
So the next time you are into the mattress, be aware that you cannot assume that it will be recycled. For example, it could be shredded and used with other waste to generate electricity, or it could still end up in a landfill. If this is not made clear on your community website, you need to ask.
2. Take the mattress to the top
First, check if your local tip deals with mattress disposal. In that case, of course, you will need to be able to install the mattress in a car to take to the local waste center. Mattress too big to squeeze or no car? You may contact your local council again to arrange pickup. As mentioned above, there is likely to be a fee.
3. Use a mattress recycling service
There is also the option of contacting a mattress recycling service for mattress disposal, e.g. B. CollectYourOldBed.com, and arrange for your mattress to be collected. Some of these services are free; Others charge a fee depending on where you live. So always check this first.
4. Freecycle: Donate your old mattress
For a mattress that is in good condition, there is an opportunity to find a new home yourself. Freecycle and you keep it out of the landfill. If you can find someone in your community who needs a mattress, it doesn’t have to be pulled too far either.
5. British Heart Foundation: Give an old mattress to charity
Like the idea of giving it to a charity? The British Heart Foundation accepts mattresses for their furniture stores if they are in a clean condition with no cracks, tears, or stains. It is important that the mattress is also branded in accordance with BS 7177. When your mattress is up to date, book the free collection.
Are you thinking of a Salvation Army mattress donation? Unfortunately, the charity is currently unable to accept them.
6. Donate the mattress to a low-income family
Mattress disposal doesn’t have to be about throwing it away. You can also check out the Furniture Donation Network if you would like to contribute to charity. The items collected are given or sold to low-income families to help fund social goals. Again, your mattress must have its fire label sewn in and be in very good or excellent condition. If you are not sure if you qualify, upload a photo to the website and fill out the form to be verified.
It is also worth reaching out to local charities as long as the mattress is branded and in great condition.
7. Sell the mattress
Of course, it is also possible to advertise a good mattress yourself. Try Preloved, Gumtree, or eBay to sell it second hand.