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What To Do With An Old Mattress (Explained)

Are you looking to replace your saggy old mattress, but aren’t sure how to go about it? Read our post to find out how.

Rather than abandoning your old mattress next to your nearest dumpster, or storing it in the corner of your garage to wither and collect dust for another decade, dispose of it responsibly. There are actually a few ways to get rid of your old mattress that are friendly to both the environment, and your wallet. Here's how.

About every 10 years or so, we’re faced with the task of old mattress removal. Contrary to popular belief, mattress removal is actually pretty easy and might not even require much work and or money on your end, depending on your location and who you purchased your mattress from. Below are the many different ways you can rid yourself of your old bed so it’s off of your hands, and off the side of the road.

1.) Help The Environment And Recycle Your Mattress

Mattresses contain a heap of recyclable materials like steel springs and cotton — in fact, 80% of your mattress can be recycled. We found Bye Bye Mattress to be a good resource to locate your area’s nearest recycling center. That way, you can drive to the facility and have your mattress recycled, rather than dumping it in a random field.

If you happen to be a resident of California, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, you’re in luck. In 2015-2016, these states implemented a recycling fee into the cost of a new mattress, so when its expiration date comes around, you’re able to drop it off at a recycling center for free where they break down the different materials for reuse. Some locations even offer a small monetary incentive to recycle your mattress at their location.

2.) Ask Your New Mattress Retailer To Pick Up Your Mattress

Unless you live in California who, by law, requires mattress retailers to pick up old mattresses when they deliver new ones, you should ask your mattress retailer if they would do the service for you. Some will do it for free, such as online mattress brand Loom & Leaf, while others like Tomorrow Sleep offer mattress removal for an additional fee.

3.) Donate Your Bed

Just because you can’t get use out of your mattress anymore, doesn’t mean somebody else can’t. There are plenty of charitable organizations who will accept your bed as a donation and give it to somebody else in need. Here’s a solid list to get you started.

  • Salvation Army
  • Goodwill
  • Give It Away
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Local Charities

Goodwill and the Salvation Army are common organizations who accept donations as long as the item is in good condition, i.e. no rips, tears, stains. Habitat For Humanity, on the other hand, restores mattresses and box springs so they’re acceptable for reuse. The organization will either donate the mattress to somebody less fortunate, or use it to furnish the homes they build.

If you have absolutely zero means to take your mattress to a charity, you can always advertise your bed for free on websites like Craigslist or Facebook. That way, someone in your community can pick up the mattress and transport it themselves. I mean hey, you’re giving it to them for free — it’s the least they could do.

4.) Organize An Arrangement With A Trash Service

Contact your local waste management facility to find out about their curbside pickup policies for bulk items. Some areas may offer free pickup, while others will charge a fair fee.

You can also contact third party services like 1-800-Got-Junk? who will give you a free online estimate for trash pick-up after you input your personal information, address, and time you want your mattress to be retrieved. Of course, you also have the traditional dump option which is usually around $50 on average.

How To Tell When It’s Time For A New Bed

There are a few telltale signs of an old mattress, the first of which is the purchase date of your current mattress. If you’re reading this in 2020 and you purchased your mattress when the Obama administration first took over office, it’s definitely time for a new mattress.

If you go to bed feeling healthy and wake up with an aching pain in your back or hips, your mattress has probably developed sags and lumps over time. Lumps and sags contribute to physical pain and can be enough to deprive you of sleep. They might even be visibly noticeable if you strip your linens down to the bare mattress. If that’s the case, you should really consider buying a new mattress.

Additionally, some folks undergo drastic life changes such as significant weight loss or gain, moving in with a partner, or upgrading to a larger home with more space. In these events, you might want to purchase a new bed. A person’s weight plays a determining factor in how a bed feels, and losing/gaining ~100 lbs can really change your perspective on your mattress.

You also may want to go up a mattress size if you start sharing a bed with a significant other, or move into a house with a spacious master bedroom.

Luckily, if you’re in the market for a new mattress, you’ve come to the right place. We don’t sell beds, but we give really good advice to shoppers who are a little overwhelmed with finding that “perfect” mattress among the sea of different options. Check out a few of our individual mattress reviews, or a best list to find out a few of our top choices.