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The Mattress Disposal Guide: 7 Easy Steps

Written by, Viktor Gruevski

Updated January, 20, 2022

Knowing how to dispose of your old mattress properly can be just as important as knowing when it’s time to replace it. 

Take a gander at this mattress disposal guide to find out how to get rid of your mattress without harming the environment or your budget. 

How to Get Rid of a Mattress?

Once you’ve had your mattress for about seven years or you are starting to see signs of sagging and lumps, it’s time to think about disposing of your old bed. 

Here are seven tips on the best ways to get rid of your mattress. 

Recycle Your Mattress

The good news is that since mattresses are made of recyclable materials like foam, wood frames or metal springs, you can easily dispose of your mattress the eco-friendly way. 

Most recycling facilities in the UK will break down the mattress to its recyclable elements and repurpose them, thus ensuring that they do not go to waste. 

Here are some of the components of your mattress that can be recycled and repurposed. 

Parts of the mattress Burned for fuel Made into new items Used in paddings and filters
Springs and coils

Mattress recycling is picking up in the UK. For instance, the National Bed Federation reports that mattress recycling in the UK increased by 55% from 2015 to 2017, putting the organisation on track to seeing 75% of all mattresses diverted from landfills to recycling by 2028.

The hard part is getting the mattress to the recycling centre. You will either need to find suitable transportation or have the local council or a mattress removal company do the job for you. 

Paying a waste company

Another option to get rid of your mattress is to hire a waste collection service. You can easily do this by turning on your location and finding a professional mattress collection service near you. Even though most of these companies guarantee that they will recycle your mattress, ensure that your bed will not end up at a landfill. 

Council collection

Another alternative to dispose of a mattress is through the local authorities. Most councils in the UK allow residents to pick a collection day and dispose of bulky waste, although only a handful do it for free.

Having the council pick up your unused mattress is convenient, but it can also be pricey, so make sure to check how much you will be charged. To do this, type in your postcode at the gov.uk website or go to the site of your local council.

Repurpose (DIY, upcycling) the mattress 

Getting involved in some DIY can be fun and it certainly solves the issue of an old mattress. However, this can be time-consuming and you might still end up with an unwanted piece of furniture in your home. 

Donating the mattress

If the mattress that you want to replace is still usable, you can consider mattress donations and help someone in need. Most charities like the British Heart Foundation or Emmaus might even offer free collection of the mattress, after which they will sell the bed and use the funds for their respective organisations. 

Selling the mattress

As long as your mattress is in good condition and has the fire safety labels, you can resell it. It’s easy to advertise it on websites like Gumtree and eBay or organise a garage sale. You won’t get the money you invested in the first place, but this is the only option where you will end up making some money from your old bed. 

Mattress company removal service 

The best option when it comes to old mattress disposal is using the services of the company that will deliver your new bed. 

Most mattress manufacturers operating in the UK offer this service. Emma Sleep will collect your old bed from an affordable price of £39 and sell it, recycle or donate it to charities. Eve Sleep and Simba offer similar services, although these are only available for certain parts of the UK. 

How Not to Dispose of a Mattress

While considering all the options for proper mattress disposal, keep in mind what you should avoid.  

Burning the mattress

Some people decide to disassemble the mattress and burn all of its components, thus endangering themselves and the environment. Keep in mind that your mattress discharges gases harmful to people, flora, and fauna when burned, so don’t turn to this option even as a last resort.

Hiring a skip  

When getting rid of your old mattress, avoid hiring a skip, as that will most likely result in your mattress ending up in a landfill. 

Leaving the mattress on the street

Apart from being harmful to the environment, leaving your mattress on the street is also illegal, so you could face paying a fine if you do so. 

Bottom Line

With so many possible options, getting rid of your old mattress has never been easier. 

You can try anything from recycling to donating or selling it to paying for a junk removal service rather than polluting the environment by burning your mattress, leaving it on the street, or hiring a skip.

Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

How can I get rid of my old mattress for free?

If your mattress is in good condition, you can donate it to charities like Salvation Army, Red Cross, and British Heart Foundation that will collect it for free. Certain City Councils also offer mattress collections. 

How do I dispose of a mattress in the UK?

You can contact a mattress recycling centre, arrange a pickup or council collection, hire a waste company, or donate or resell the mattress.

Who picks up an old mattress?

Mattress disposal is handled by recycling companies, local councils, professional mattress collection centres and charities.

I'm an interior architect by education with a tendency for content writing and research. Whenever I’m waiting for the engine to finish rendering my model, I love reading and researching on a wide variety of topics. I especially love writing content that is backed up by thorough research and relevant data. Given my engineering background, I'm more for the empirical data, not the "I couldn’t help but wonder..." vibe. When I'm not busy writing or drawing, you can find me hiking with my beagle or binge-watching in my bed. There is no in-between.