Disposing of Your Old Mattress

Disposing of Your Old Mattress

Every 10 years or thereabouts it is time to replace your mattress, but now you need to think about how you’re going to get rid of the old one.  You may only need to dispose of your mattress or it could be the upholstered headboard, mattress and the frame.  Disposing of your old mattress is a lot more complicated than simply lugging it out to the curb.

There are rules to disposing of a mattress that are in place and they are there in large part to protect the environment.  However you have more options than you think for disposing of your old bed.  Some options are far better than others.

Disposing of Your Old Mattress

There is the option of sending your old bed off to be thrown in the landfill, but that is a horrible idea.  First it is incredibly bad for the environment, the materials that compose your old mattress, upholstered headboard are NOT biodegradable.  This means the mattress you threw out will sit there for literally thousands of years.  It is irresponsible to throw your mattress in a landfill and on top of that it is illegal in most municipalities.  If you’re still tempted to throw it in a landfill, not only is it not recommended you could end up paying a very hefty fine.

Recycling Facilities

There are plenty of recycling facilities across the country that will often accept your bed free of charge.  Check with your local sanitation department to find the nearest facility to drop off your old mattress.  Some will only take a limited number of mattresses per month, sometimes this process is more aggravation than it is worth.   There are independent facilities  that will also take your old mattress of your hands, just do a quick Google search to find one near you.

Donating Your Bed

If your bed is still in good condition there are places like the Salvation Army or the local Goodwill who will take it off your hands and give it to charity.  Check with your local church, they often work with low income families in need of beds and other furniture.  Often you can get them to come and pick up your bed at no cost to you.  Not only do you get to dispose of your old mattress but you get to do a community service at the same time.

You do have options for removing the old bed, that are far better than throwing it in a landfill.