I Just Bought a New Mattress; What do I do with the old one?
Finally, after researching dozens of beds, you found the perfect new mattress. Now the question is what do you do with your old mattress? There are actually a number of options for bed removal that you may not have considered before. Here, we will discuss some of the easiest and most environmentally-friendly ways to remove your old mattress from your home.
Mattress Recycling & Disposal Options
There are over 20 million beds taking up space in landfills. Because so many people are more environmentally conscious than they were a few years ago, people are searching for more sustainable solutions for their old mattress. Even cities and states are seeking ways to deal with the problem, with some like Connecticut passing recycling laws. There are actually a number of options for “recycling” your old mattress so that it does not take up space in an already packed landfill.
1) Local Mattress Recycling Facilities
A growing number of towns have local recycling centers that take old mattresses. You may need to call ahead to see if the recycling center can accommodate beds, or do a quick online search to find your nearest facility. Earth 911 and ISPA are good places to start.
2) Retail Recycle
Some mattress retailers offer the option to recycle old mattresses through their facility or will pick up your old bed and take it to a recycling facility when they deliver the new one. You should always check with your retailer to see if they have a mattress recycling policy, or if they just take old beds to landfills.
3) Give it Away
You will be surprised at how many people will jump at the chance for a used mattress with a price tag that says free. If your mattress is still in fairly good condition you could see if a friend or family member might benefit from your old bed. If you are unable to find anybody close to you, there are other options as well. You could list your bed in a local classified ad or even on the internet using free services like Craigslist.
4) Donate It
There are a number of groups and shelters that take used mattresses that still have some life left. In this case, you could help others while ridding your home of your old mattress. Call local shelters or organizations to see if they are in need of a used mattress that is in good condition. Homeless shelters, women’s shelter, thrift stores, and even pet shelters may accept mattresses in usable condition.
5) Resell It
If you have a good mattress that is of higher quality, you can almost always find someone willing to buy it for a fair price. If your bed is fairly new but just not right for, you can recoup some of your costs and prevent waste. Craigslist, garage sales and local community boards are excellent places to sell household items. Of course, the mattress should be free of stains or tears if you are serious about selling it.
6) Last Resort for Old Mattresses
Of course, not all towns and cities have easy access to mattress recycling centers, or your old mattress simply may not be in good enough condition to resell or donate. If all else fails you can contact city waste management and ask for the appropriate dump location for your mattress. Your city might have specific days they pick old beds up, and some cities may charge you to dispose of large items like beds. Some retailers will also do this service for you.
When you begin researching the purchase of your new mattress, it is a good idea to also investigate a plan for your old mattress. You should start by evaluating the condition of your old mattress – ask yourself if it is in decent enough shape to be donated or sold. If it is simply not fit for reuse, then you should search for possible mattress recycling locations. Retailers often offer take-away options – but keep in mind that you may want to keep your old bed until you are 100% sure you will not want to return the new one. Because of this, you should create a plan for the best way to dispose of the old mattress, and in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
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