How to Properly Dispose of a Mattress

How to Properly Dispose of a Mattress

To properly dispose of an old or unwanted mattress, there are a variety of methods to choose from. Your mattress type can directly impact your levels of comfort and stop you from getting good quality night's sleep. A few common signs that you need a new mattress include if your mattress is lumpy, sagging, old or making squeaking noises. No matter how comfortable the old mattress may feel, it's important to ensure you replace your mattress every eight to ten years to ensure you have the right mattress firmness and support for a peaceful sleep.  

We understand that getting rid of a mattress can be a pain. Not only are they big, bulky and heavy, but many people also just don’t know how to properly dispose of a mattress. So, we’ve put together a list of easy ways for you to shift your old or uncomfortable mattress to make way for a fresh, new one. 

Do tips take mattresses?

Yes, the majority of tips do take mattresses, although these mattresses will, unfortunately, end up in the landfill. Some tips will take mattresses, but instead of adding them to the landfill, you have the option to place them in a storage container to be taken and reused by someone else. It's best to contact your local council first to see if your tip accepts mattresses before attempting to transport the mattress to the tip. 

How to properly dispose of a mattress?

If you’re concerned about using the tip and adding to landfill, we recommend these four easy options for properly disposing of a mattress: council collection, recycling, donating and selling. 

1. Do local councils collect mattresses?

You can arrange with your local council to collect and take away your mattress or any other large items for around £20. By entering your postcode on the, this large item collection can easily be arranged. Although there is a cost with this method, it does save you trying to transport the mattress yourself, and you can guarantee that the mattress will be collected. 

2. How to recycle a mattress?

A quick search for your local council's recycling centres will show you where to recycle your mattress. Every part of a mattress can be recycled or reused in some way. You’ll need to be able to transport the mattress yourself to the recycling centre. Mattresses will often fold and bend to fit inside your car, but we'd recommend this being a two-person job!

3. Can you donate a mattress?

Yes! If your mattress is in a good and useable condition, donating your mattress to a local charity or homeless shelter will benefit others. Contact your local charity to see how to donate your mattress with them. Some other charities that take mattresses include the British Heart Foundation and Sue Ryder, who will collect your mattress for free from your home. Not only does this mean your mattress will help someone else, but you don't have to worry about transporting the mattress. 

4. Can you sell a mattress online?

In the age of recycling and reusing, you can easily sell your mattress online on websites like eBay, Gumtree or Facebook marketplace. Depending on the age and condition of your mattress, selling your mattress online means you could earn yourself some good money. You could also give away the mattress for free to help those who may be struggling to afford one. This method takes away the hassle of trying to transport the mattress as you can organise for the buyer to collect it from your home.

What not to do with a mattress when disposing of it?

When disposing of a mattress, do not burn it! Not only is burning a mattress a fire hazard which could damage and impact the surrounding area, but the mattress will produce fumes that will do more harm than good. If you're looking to dispose of the mattress with no cost and without having to transport it yourself, we recommend searching for local charities who will collect the mattress for free.  

We hope that we have now given you an idea on how to properly dispose of a mattress and how to recycle a mattress. A mattress should give you the right level of support and firmness to alleviate any unnecessary aches and pains, and help your neck and spine to align more naturally for a comfortable night's sleep. If your mattress is no longer serving its purpose, it’s time to go! From zip and link to super king, if your mattress needs replacing, why not browse Linx Beds’ complete mattress range