How to Dispose of a Mattress
The Best Options for Mattress Removal
Wondering how you should dispose of that old mattress? Despite being bulky and heavy, mattress disposal is fairly simple – so long as you know your options. Before you attempt to toss your mattress out with the trash, take a moment to research some of the mattress removal options below.
Assess the Current Condition of Your Mattress
Check the manufacturing date on the tag at the foot of your mattress to see how old it is. If the tag is missing, call the manufacturer directly and give them the series and model numbers, if available. At the very least, they should be able to tell you the year your particular model was made. If the mattress is over 10 years old, it’s likely time to replace it.
Of course, age isn’t everything. So when trying to decide if you should throw away your mattress, look for these common signs of wear as indications it’s time for a new one:
- Frayed edges
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 it’s less than 5 to 7 years old, it could still be useful to someone else. Check with relatives and friends who may be looking for an extra mattress, or simply want to replace their current one.
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:
- Salvation Army (Also allows drop-off)
- St. Vincent de Paul (Varies by location, fee may apply)
- Furniture Bank Association of America locations (Also allows drop off)
These organizations typically require mattress drop-off:
- Places of Worship
- Local Charities and Shelters
Options for Recycling Your Mattress
If your mattress is old and unsuitable for donation, the next best thing you can do is recycle it. But where can you get rid of a mattress that will also recycle it? 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 to $11 per mattress.
There are also more than 20 other states with at least one mattress recycling facility. Use either Earth 911’s database or Sleep on Latex’s list of 100 recycling locations to find a facility near you.
Finally, when buying a new mattress, ask the retail location if they accept and recycle old mattresses.
Options for Throwing Away Your Mattress
If there’s no recycling center near you, your last resort is to simply throw out your mattress. However, it’s not as easy as dropping your old one on the curb. Since mattresses are heavy, bulky and are made with a variety of materials, most municipal trash collection services won’t accept them. You should still check with your local sanitation department to see if they offer mattress removal as part of their bulk collection service.
Apart from your curbside service, there should be plenty of other mattress disposal options in your local area:
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 and debris at once. Depending on state and local disposal regulations, you may be able to dispose of your mattress through a dumpster rental service. Additional disposal fees may apply, ranging from $20 to $100 per item due to local disposal fees charged by the landfill or transfer station. Be sure to discuss mattress disposal with our team when you call.
Most local landfills or transfer stations will allow mattresses to be dropped off directly, barring any policies or regulations otherwise. Additional fees may apply.
Junk Removal Service
Services that pick up junk for you are another option, though rates vary between $100 and $200 depending on the size of the mattress.
Mattress Disposal FAQs
Have some other tricky items to dispose of? Check out our other disposal how-tos to learn how to get rid of other bulky and difficult debris.