Our mattresses can help you sleep better and are much healthier – no tossing and turning, aching backs, or springs poking you while you sleep. Congrats!
Upon realizing this, you remember you still have to dispose of your old mattress. As you are replacing it, the old mattress has served its purpose, and now it is just taking up space. It’s time to let go – but how do you get rid of it?
In light of the fact that landfills are already bursting with trash, leaving it on the roadside for pickup seems unfair. And there’s the fact that you probably won’t win any popularity contests with your neighbors for the addition of that little neighborhood eyesore.
Below you will find simple (and environmentally responsible) alternatives to throwing your old mattress on the street and expecting the garbage man to come.
Option 1: Donate a mattress.
Perhaps you might consider donating your old mattress to those in need if you’re replacing it. It is possible to donate a gently used mattress to many different charities, and most of them will pick up your mattress from your home or offer convenient drop-off locations.
You might consider donating your old mattress to the following charities across the country:
The Salvation Army has a large network of local sites that accept mattress donations, and you can schedule a time for one of their trucks to pick your old mattress up.
Another good option is to donate the mattress to an orphanage or an old folks home, since some of them may be struggling financially and cannot afford to buy a new mattress.
Alternatively, you can contact local shelters, churches, and domestic violence prevention centers to see if they accept mattress donations, or visit Donation Town to find out what charities are currently seeking mattresses in your town.
Option 2: Find a New Home
If you find yourself in the situation where the mattress that you just replaced is practically brand-new, and you’d like to recover some of the money that you’ve invested, there are definitely some options out there for finding your old mattress a new home.
Craigslist is an online classified advertisement site that can be found in practically every area of the world. You can place a free ad in your local area offering your mattress for sale, and people looking to buy a “like new” mattress can contact you directly through the site.
Facebook and other social media platforms are also a great way to check with your own personal network to see if any of your friends or family are in the market for a new mattress. Just place a picture and description on your profile, and before you know it – no more extra mattress to contend with!
Option 3: Recycle It
Nearly 20 million mattresses are dumped in landfills every year in the United States, endangering the environment and creating unsafe working conditions for county and state refuse workers. Yikes!
Would you like to contribute to the solution to this problem? You can recycle your old mattress using one of these services:
Check with recycling companies and they usually have a good deal and a better method for solving the problem.
Option 4: Dissamble and Reuse It
Mattresses are usually made up of multiple layers of different padding. Foam, memory foam, latex and springs are the most common materials inside your mattress.
1. Use a knife, you can remove the springs from your mattress and recycle them. Foam and latex padding can be used for cushioning, sound insulation on walls, or soft padding for kids.
2. Create a warm and cozy space for your pet by cutting your mattress into small pieces and turning it into a mat or bed for them. This can save you a lot of money as well as our mother planet by giving second life to your used mattress.