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How to Dispose of a Mattress

Mattresses for Disposal

Wondering how you should dispose of that old mattress? Despite being bulky and heavy, there are several options for mattress disposal, including renting a dumpster, donating a gently used mattress or recycling it. Use the options below to find the mattress removal solution that is right for you.

Disposal Options

Mattress Disposal Options

A gently used mattress can be donated, but if yours is old and worn-out, you’ll need to throw it away. Look through the mattress disposal options below to find one that's convenient for you.

Dumpster Rental for Mattress Disposal

1. Rent a Dumpster

If you’re disposing of an old mattress as part of a larger home cleanout, renting a dumpster is a good option for getting rid of all your junk at once, excluding prohibited materials. With a dumpster rental on your property, you can easily carry your mattress and box spring into the bin and be done with it. The price of a dumpster rental is also more cost-effective than most other disposal options. 

Benefits Things to Consider
  • Choose a dumpster size that fits your project. 
  • Keep the container as long as you need it. 
  • You’ll only have to move the mattress once. 
  • Allows you to dispose of multiple mattresses and other clutter. 
  • In some areas, mattresses are not allowed in dumpsters or require an additional processing fee. Call our team to learn more about using a dumpster for mattress disposal near you. 
  • Not ideal for disposing of only one mattress. 

2. Check With Your Curbside Trash Collection Service

In some areas, municipal curbside collection services will collect mattresses during weekly service or on specified days. Reach out to your service provider to find out if this is an option in your area. 

Benefits Things to Consider
  • Low-cost disposal option. 
  • Useful if you are only throwing away one mattress. 
  • Not available in all areas. 
  • You will need to store your mattress until the scheduled collection day. 
  • There may be an additional fee for this service. 

Junk Removal Service for Mattress Disposal

3. Junk Removal Service

Junk removal services are another option for mattress removal. This service will come to your location and haul away your mattress and other junk using a truck. However, you won't get a quote for this service until they see how much space your items take up in the truck. You will also need to be on-site during the process and work within the two-hour window they provide. 

Benefits Things to Consider
  • Service will load up your old mattress for you. 
  • Will not provide a cost estimate until they see your junk. 
  • Can only provide a two-hour window for your pickup. 
  • Not economical if you’re completing a large project with lots of junk. 

Disposal Costs

How Much Does Mattress Removal Cost? 

Mattress removal costs depend on the number and size of the mattresses you’re getting rid of, as well as the service you choose and your location. Using a recycling service, you can usually expect to pay $20 to $40 fee for each mattress. Disposing of a mattress through a junk removal service can cost anywhere from $100 to $150, based on the above factors. 

If you are getting rid of multiple mattresses as well as other household junk, a dumpster rental is the most economical option. The average cost of a dumpster rental is $433, which typically covers 20 cubic yards' worth of junk, more than twice the amount included with your typical junk removal service and can fit multiple mattresses and box springs. 

In contrast, the average cost of using a junk hauling service is $297, which usually covers only 9 cubic yards' worth of junk. 

Recycling Options

Mattress Recycling Options

There are some ways to get rid of your mattress by recycling it. These options will allow you to keep the mattress out of the landfill and reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Consult the Mattress Recycling Council 

In California, Connecticut and Rhode Island, mattresses are legally required to be recycled through a program administered by the Mattress Recycling Council, which costs between $9 and $11 per mattress. To get rid of your mattress in these locations, you will need to have your mattress removed by the retailer when the new one arrives or deliver it to a certified recycling facility.  

2. Find a Recycling Location Near You

There are also more than 20 other states with at least one mattress recycling facility. Use PlushBeds' recycling guide to find a facility near you. Fees may apply.

3. Ask About Retailer Take-Back Services 

If you are in the process of buying a new mattress, ask the retailer if they will remove and recycle your old mattress when delivering the new one. This common option is convenient but may include a small fee. 

Donation Options

Options for Donating Your Mattress

Even if you are getting a new one, you may not have to throw out your old mattress if it doesn’t show much wear. If the mattress is less than 5 to 7 years old and does not have any rips, stains, frayed edges or obvious signs of compression, it could still be useful to someone else. 

Donate Mattress to Recycle It

1. Find It a New Home

Check with relatives and friends who may be looking for an extra mattress, or simply want to replace their current one. As long your as mattress is in good shape, this is a great way to keep it out of the landfill. 

2. Donate Your Mattress to a Local Nonprofit

There are also numerous nonprofit organizations and institutions that would gladly take your gently used mattress. The groups below generally accept mattress donations, though local policies may differ.

These organizations usually offer mattress pickup: 

These organizations typically require mattress drop-off:

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Mattress Disposal


How do I know if a mattress can be disposed of in a dumpster in my area?

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If you are renting a dumpster for a home cleanup or specific project, call our customer service team to find out if we accept mattresses in your area beforehand. If we do, there may be an additional charge for each mattress you are disposing of due to local disposal fees charged by the landfill or transfer station.


Can I mix other debris with mattresses in a dumpster rental?

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Yes, when you rent a dumpster you can place any old mattresses and household junk inside the container, so long as they are accepted in your area.


Are there any fees for disposing of a mattress in a dumpster?

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In some areas there are fees associated with getting rid of a mattress. Mattress disposal fees apply when the local landfill or transfer station must break down or recycle the mattress. These charges come directly from the local facility and will apply during a dumpster rental, curbside pickup and landfill drop-off.


Can I break apart my mattress and throw away the accepted materials?

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You can break down your mattress yourself to make disposing of it easier, though you may still be subject to any associated disposal fees. Breaking down the mattress may reduce the amount of space your debris takes up in the dumpster rental or junk removal truck.


Can I get rid of box springs in the same way as a mattress?

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Depending on the service you choose, you should be able to dispose of an old mattress and a box spring in the same way. If you rent a dumpster, you can throw both in the bin. If you are scheduling a pickup or removal with a junk hauling service, you may pay more to have both removed.

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