Proper Mattress Disposal Etiquette

When it’s time to clean out your house, you may run onto a few things that aren’t that easy to dispose of. Not because you can’t turn loose but because some things don’t have a straightforward guide on how to get rid of them. 

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One of those things is your mattress. Whether your mattress has seen its last days or you just don’t want to transport it, you’re probably here because you don’t know what to do with it when you don’t want it anymore. 

Why Use Mattress Disposal 

It’s important to properly dispose of your mattress for a variety of reasons. First of all, in many states, it is illegal to dispose of furniture and mattresses improperly. So you don’t want to get into this sort of trouble. 

Besides, even if there aren’t legal repercussions, it can be nice to feel like you are doing something good for the earth by doing what is best when disposing of your mattress. So, let’s get you started in the right direction.

Getting Free Mattress Disposal

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What we all want out of life is to get what we can for free if that is an option. So of course you are going to ask this question. The truth is that there are quite a few free options that can help you dispose of your mattress.

Check The Warranty

If your mattress was purchased in the last few years, there’s a good chance it has a warranty. If it does, then you may be able to contact the manufacturer and have them pick it up for you to return, which is a common request.

Even if the warranty has expired, they may want it back. It never hurts to call, it never hurts to ask. Remember this because the worst thing that can happen is someone telling you, “no” hopefully politely. 

List It Online

You can list your mattress online in any condition, though a good condition one has a better chance of selling. You can list it on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and more. Anywhere that sells used furniture.

If you want it gone quick, then mention that it is free if they pick it up. This sort of listing usually is a quick seller because like we mentioned previously, everyone is on the lookout for free stuff, no matter what their salary. 

Check State Codes

Sometimes, states will offer free mattress disposals so they can assure the mattresses are disposed of correctly. So you can see if your state has any programs like this that can help you get rid of your mattress.

Not all states have them and not all regions within a state will either. So this is very location-specific. Ask around, Google businesses that do this, and ask Facebook friends if they know if this is a thing.

Recycle It

If you call a recycling company, there’s a good chance they will pick up your mattress if you tell them you have no way of properly recycling. Their job is to keep things as green and eco-friendly as possible.

You may need to haul the mattress to your front yard for them. If you can do this, then they will probably be able to do the rest. So if you’re lucky, there are organizations who make it their job to recycle hard-to-transport things. 

Contact A Charity 

Sometimes, charities will pick up mattresses in good conditions. This is even more true after 2020 and COVID-19 for a few reasons. First of all, there were many people without mattresses to sleep on this last year.

Second of all, they don’t want you coming into the store and would rather pick up the mattress for you. So this can come in handy if you want to donate your mattress to a good cause. Only do this if the mattress is in good condition. 

How To Dispose Of A Mattress

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If you decide to personally dispose of the mattress yourself, these are the simple steps you can take to do so. This is just one method, but if you have the means, it will end up being the cheapest and easiest way.

Check Laws

Always check the laws before you dispose of your mattress. Because it may be illegal to get rid of it in any way aside from a specified way in the state or county law. So this should be the first thing you do.

Most laws are similar with only a few states, like California and New York, having different laws. But it’s always best to check your county laws first. 

Get A Mattress Disposal Bag

You can pick up a mattress disposal bag, which is sometimes necessary, to dispose of your mattress. This will contain any oils and will make it easier to take your mattress to the dump, recycling place, or a charity.

Find A Pickup

Now, if you don’t have a pickup to haul that mattress, find a friend that does. You can also rent a pickup but if you want to go for the cheaper route, borrow one from a friend or have them drive you.

Haul it Off

Now comes the final step. Haul the mattress off to your chosen destination. If you are still struggling on where you should take it then read on. We’re about to talk about the places you can dispose of your mattress. 

Where To Dispose Of Mattress Near Me

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Now, where you haul a mattress isn’t always the same. There are many places that accept mattresses. So if you are trying to decide where you to drive it, check your local stores and organizations for these places.

Goodwill, Salvation Army, Etc.

Finding a charity or donation place to take your mattress is a wonderful option. You can even drop it off without talking to anyone. Though it’s a good idea to read online or call ahead of time to ensure they accept mattresses.

If they don’t, then try the next store like it, even if it isn’t a big-name store. There is bound to be one that accepts mattresses that are in fair condition, especially with the rise in the need for them across the country. 

The Dump

Now make sure that it is legal to take mattresses to the dump in your county. If it is, you are lucky because as long as you can haul it, the dump is the best place to take a mattress or at least the easiest.

If you don’t feel good about taking items like this that won’t decompose easily to the dump, you’re not alone. Choose another option if you don’t like the idea of taking a mattress to the garbage place. 

Recycling Center

Many towns and most cities have a recycling enter. You will drive up and ask the center where to place the mattress. There will either be places labeled like at the dump or the people on hand will take it off your hands.

Be polite and patient as each center has its own rules. Sometimes, you are doing all of the work yourself, and other times you won’t have to lift a finger. Respect the rules of the center, they are doing a good thing.

Buyer Meetup

If you plan on meeting a buyer from online somewhere, then go ahead and find out where you want to do that. A lot of people don’t feel comfortable with people coming to their house, so it’s normal to meet in public.

In fact, if you can haul the mattress, it is recommended to meet in public. Feel free to offer a transportation fee if you wish or do the job for free to have someone take the mattress off your hands.

Friend’s Place

Ask around if your mattress is in good shape. There may be a friend who would consider your mattress an upgrade. So go ahead and start offering. Give it a week of circulating in your friend circle before moving onto other means.

This will by far be the easiest route because you can work with a friend or a friend of a friend to safely transport the mattress. You can even have a friend get it themselves after you move with a spare key.

The Important Of Mattress Disposal

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Let’s face it. Although newer mattresses are becoming greener, they are not all there yet. Old mattresses are far from green as well. So if you want to do what is best, find out how by learning what you can about mattress disposal.

The best choice is to recycle it. So if you can find a way to do this, even if that way is to repurpose it by using the material to make a new project, then go ahead and do it. Do your part and complete the circle. 

While any option we mentioned above will work, you need to choose what works best for you. Yes, recycling is ideal, but if you don’t have the time or resources for that, then go ahead and find your best option.