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5 ways to get rid of an old mattress

Categories: Decluttering, Kids Cook


This post is brought to you by the 3 sets of mattresses currently occupying space in my living room.

old mattresses

I’ve had to do a lot of research over the past couple of months about ways to get rid of an old mattress. I’m actually starting to see why there are mattresses dumped on the side of the road, it’s not always easy to dispose of them. There’s no city service in our area that will take them away and we don’t have a truck, so we’ve considered several options.

1. Ask if the company you bought the mattress from will haul the old one away - Though this wasn’t an option for us (long story), before you buy, ask if the seller will haul the old mattress set away. This will be worth your effort, I promise.

2. Post it for free on Craigslist - If the mattress is in decent shape, try posting it for free on Craigslist. You never know what people will want.

3. Take it to the city dump - If all else fails, borrow or rent a truck, hand over the money and take the mattress to the city dump.

4. Donate it to a charity - Though this option isn’t available as frequently as it once was, perhaps there’s a shelter or a refugee resettlement-type program in your area that will take usable mattresses. Donationtown may provide some ideas.

5. Look for a mattress recycling center - My research has shown that recycling mattresses is becoming more popular. Check Earth911 for an option near you.

I don’t know what we’ll end up doing, but it’s got to be soon, or we’re going to have to put Christmas lights on the things.

How about you? Do you have any suggestions for disposing of old mattresses? Pleas share in the comments below.

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  • #4 often depends on how long you’re willing to hold on to it. We have donation days, usually in the spring (no one wants the volunteers slipping & sliding in the snow) so if you got your new one in Oct and want the charity to take it you wait. Now if you have a bunch of furniture, clothes, etc. to make it worth their while, they might come to you earlier. Use change of mattress as a time to clean out the basement & closets.

    Mich  |  December 13th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  • I took out my frustrations on 2 twin mattresses that were ancient and not good enough to donate. Rather than pay $ to the city dump, I got out my handy utility knife, cut the fabric off and took the springs to the recycling center myself. It took about an hour of ripping. The fabric rolled up and went in my trash cans. :-)

    Kathleen  |  January 4th, 2013 at 11:04 am