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Out with the Old: How To Throw Away Your Mattress
All good things must come to an end. The average mattress life is about 7-10 years. If you’re not sure when it’s time for a replacement, read more here. After 7-10 years, mattresses can get worn out and lose their original comfort and support.
When getting rid of your old mattress, the first thing to consider is what shape your mattress is in.
If it still has some life in it:
There’s no shame in wanting some money back from your old mattress to help finance your new one. Listing your old mattress on sites like Craigslist, OfferUp, or eBay allows you to connect with potential buyers. Alternatively, you can try selling your mattress to a local consignment store.
Places like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill allow you to drop off your mattress at many locations. At other charities, you can even schedule a pickup. Many homeless shelters and churches accept mattress donations as well. This is a great option that makes you feel good about giving back to your community. You could also donate your old mattress to friends or family who are looking for a mattress for a spare room.
If it’s so worn out that it’s not even fit for your mean mother- in-law to sleep on:
Hire someone to take it off your hands
Not everyone has a big enough vehicle, strong enough muscles, or enough time to dispose of their old mattress themselves. Luckily, you can pay someone to dispose of it for you. There are many junk removal sites out there like 1-800-GOT-JUNK that provide removal services. Another alternative would be paying someone in your neighborhood to take it to a safe recycling center for you. Post signs near your street to get in contact with people, or simply ask capable neighbors.
Help to keep the Earth green by not dumping your old mattress on the sidewalk. According to environmentalists, 14-20 million mattresses (450 pounds) wind up in the landfill each year, consuming about 23 cubic feet of landfill space. These numbers are sad considering mattresses are 85-90% recyclable. Most of the materials that make up a mattress - metal coils, wood, cotton, food - can be recycled and repurposed into everyday items.
Take it apart
This is an option best for innerspring mattresses. You can use the parts from innerspring mattresses in a number of ways.
Steel springs can be sold as scrap. Who couldn’t use some extra cash?
Use the wooden parts or springs for those Pinterest projects you’ve been dying to make. If you have a foam mattress, use the foam to make some new pillows or a chewing toy for your dog.
After making sure that your mattress is a safe one, like the Eight mattress, and was not made with any harmful chemicals, you can burn the wooden parts to make a cozy fire. S’mores anyone?
All of these suggestions are responsible and environmentally friendly ones, so you can feel good about whatever choice you make. Learn more about options for your old mattress here.