How to Get Rid Of an Old Mattress


One of the most under appreciated household items is our mattress. A mattress can determine whether you sleep well or not. It can decide what shape your back will be in when you wake up the next morning. And it can also be one of the biggest pains to get rid of! Studies suggest you get a new mattress every ten years, less if you have a spring-supported mattress. Once you decide on a new one that will change your life, how do you get rid of an old mattress?

Recycle It

With almost everybody going “green” nowadays, it’s always smart to think about recycling your old mattress. There are several ways you can do this. One way would be to find a homeless shelter in the area that might be looking for gently used mattresses or furniture. If your mattress is still in good condition, just not working for you anymore, you might consider donating it to a Goodwill or thrift store. It would then be sold at a much cheaper price and a low-income family could get some more use out of it. You also might be able to pass it down to a family member. The parts in a mattress could be used for other purposes such as; the springs, foam or boards.

Throw It Out

If the mattress is too old to pass on, and you just need to get rid of it, there are several options. The worst options are throwing it in the lake or in a ditch in the middle of the night. But don’t lose hope; there are better ways to do it! Most mattress companies will take your old one when they deliver your new one. You could ask your local Sanitation Department if they would take your mattress with your garbage, or if you could drop it off at the dump. Some towns have twice a year Spring Cleaning where they will pick up anything on the curb, checking with your Sanitation Department for times on that event would be good too.

Sell It

The internet has several options for selling slightly used items. After all, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! You can post it on Craigslist for your area or Freecycle. Some local papers offer low rates for ads selling slightly used items. Or you could have a garage sale and sell it there.


Source by Julie Aldo

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