Now that you have your new mattress on the way, what do you do with your old one?
Getting rid of large forms of rubbish doesn't have to be tough if you know-how.
There are several safe options we suggest, and a few that definitely should be left alone!
Let's go over them now 👇
Local council collection
One of the easiest ways to get rid of your mattress requires speaking to your local council.
Every local council in the UK offers a collection service for large pieces of rubbish and waste to prevent people from fly tipping- the illegal disposal of waste in public areas such as roads and hedges.
In some areas, such as North Devon and Stroud, this service is free. For other areas of the UK, the average price of the collection is £20-50 💸
You can see a map of the UK; and each council's respective pricing here.
Each local council has a website with their contact information and process listed to read, and it is a mostly straightforward, legal, and safe way of disposing of a mattress.
Of course, we understand that for some areas of the UK, this is too expensive an option to consider, but it is relatively hassle-free and means you don't have to find a different method.
There's also no guarantee of where your mattress will end up once it is in your council's hands. A staggering amount of mattresses end up in landfills each year, causing major issues for your local environment and globally too.
Using a brand exchange offer
Some brands, such as Emma and Simba will take away your mattress when you perchase a new one and have it delievered to your door.
This is the easiest way if you want a seamless swap of products. You can place an order for your new mattress, keeping your old one right up until the new one is placed down.
Whilst this adds a further charge to your new mattress, this is a hassle-free way of doing things and ensures you get a good service, and likely promises your mattress will not end up in a landfill.
Some brands even prefer this option. Sustainably recycling or disposing of your old mattress is far better for the environment.
If you believe your mattress is still in a good enough condition to be used, then you can donate it to your local charity.
Charity stores help plenty of shoppers get a discount on items all year round, and can help someone get a great product you no longer need.
Not only that but there are many charities across the UK doing amazing work for so many causes, and giving a mattress to your local store is a way of helping that cause.
We really do only recommend this if the mattress is still usable, however. The last thing you want to do is give your mattress causing you back pain to someone else 🙆
The things you definitely shouldn't do ⛔️
Starting a fire 🔥
It may seem obvious, but there are several people who claim to burn their mattresses when finished with them. Not only is this terrible for the environment with the gasses that can be released, but also highly dangerous. Mattresses are large and can create volatile fires at any given time.
This method is exceedingly dangerous.
Fly-tipping and skip disposal
As we covered earlier, fly-tipping is illegal, and can incur a hefty fine if you are caught. Not only that, it is anti-social and inconvenient for those around you, as the mattress will still need to be disposed of from the area.
If you happen to be using or renting a skip, and you have no other option, disposing of a mattress in this way is fine, although still not optimal. 'Borrowing' someone else's isn't a good idea either for similar reasons as fly-tipping.
There are dozens of safe and good options to get rid of a mattress, and hopefully, you don't need to resort to these ways.