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How To Dispose Of Your Old Mattress


Nancy K.

Last updated: 24.10.2020 4 Min.

Your old mattress is no longer right for you. Maybe permanent dents and hollows have formed and it is worn out. Maybe it is causing you back pain. Maybe the old mattress is just too small for you and your partner. Maybe you just want a new beautiful mattress.

There are many reasons to get a new mattress.

After much research, you have finally decided on which new mattress you would like. You are about to click to order, and then it hits you. What do you do with your old mattress?

Do you just leave it in front of your door? Secretly deposit it on an abandoned road in the middle of the night?

Before you go to such, possibly illegal, measures, don’t despair. We have some great tips on how to dispose of your old mattress.

Old Mattress
  • Overview
  • Tips
  • Conclusion
  • Our selection of the best mattresses

Four tips to dispose of your old mattress

Here are our four top tips to help you dispose of your old mattress.

Tip 1: Bulky waste collection - the convenient option

Arrange for bulky waste to be collected. One thing is certain: your mattress does not belong with your normal refuse and can never be disposed of this way.

Some councils offer bulky waste collection. Some do this free of charge and some charge you for the service. It is best to check details for your area online. Also, make sure to check the dates and terms and conditions for this service.

You can also hire a local waste management company to pick up the old mattress, and any other old items you may have. Simply call them to make an appointment and arrange details. You may not even have to be home for the pick-up time and can just leave the mattress outside to be collected. Bear in mind, though, that you have no idea if it will be recycled, reused, or possibly end up in a landfill.

Whichever route you go, make sure you only put the mattress outside on the day of collection. You do not want to get into unnecessary trouble with local authorities - or your neighbours.

Tip 2: The recycling depot - a good alternative

Recycling is free. This is a great option if you don't want to wait for the bulky waste pick-up date and/or want to get rid of your old mattress immediately.

If you have a friend with a van or can cheaply rent a van, then definitely consider dropping your old mattress at a recycling depot. Here, the mattress will be disposed of properly and professionally. This is usually free of charge, though some places need identification to prove that you live in the area. Either way, you will know that you have done the right thing by ensuring your old mattress is being recycled.

Sometimes you can also indicate if the mattress is still usable. Then it will be passed on to be reused. Some mattress manufacturers also donate their returned mattresses to various associations and thus help social causes.


Tip 3: Donate to charity

Do something good for others.

Is your mattress still in good condition? Great. This means you can help someone. Simply donate your old mattress to a charitable organisation. Call Caritas, the Red Cross, or any other social service in your area.

You can also sell your old mattress on eBay or give it away as a gift. Perhaps one of your friends would like to buy it? Either way, ask the recipient to collect the mattress.

Tip 4: Old becomes new - disposal by the manufacturer

Some manufacturers or retailers will dispose of your old mattress when you buy a new one. When the delivery company drops off the new mattress, they simply collect the old one at the same time. This is very convenient but may cost you a little extra.

When purchasing a new mattress, it is always worthwhile to ask if the manufacturer offers a collection service for old mattresses. If yes, arrange the details at this time.

Eve Sleep has a remove and recycle service, where they collect your old mattress when they deliver your new Eve mattress.


There are many ways to dispose of your old mattress, including doing something good for others. But remember, no matter the effort involved, as soon as you sleep on your new comfortable mattress, it will have all been worth it. Because, at the end of the day, nothing makes you more relaxed and productive than a really good night’s sleep.


Our selection of the best mattresses

Looking for a new mattress to help you get the best night's sleep? Here are our top recommendations.

Nancy K.

Yoga-loving nature fan (when the sun shines) with a knack for all things health & wellness. Strangely obsessed with tacos. 

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