Have you recently bought or are you think about buying a new mattress? If the answer is “Yes” to either, you’ll soon need to consider disposing of your old mattress.
Mattress disposal can feel like a complicated ordeal. If you’re wondering how to dispose of a mattress for free, we’re here to help you.
When Your Mattress Needs Replacing
It’s often recommended that a mattress should be replaced every 7 -10 years. The actual amount of time your mattress can last, however, can vary quite drastically. The truth is that your mattress needs replacing when you believe it needs replacing. If you’re not sleeping as well as you once did, it may be time for an upgrade.
If you haven’t bought a new mattress yet, be sure to check out our full range. Our memory foam mattress range has been carefully crafted to suit the preferences of all our customers. Each is available in sizes ranging from Single to Super King. You’re sure to find the perfect mattress here!
Mattress Disposal - Your Options
Although getting rid of your old mattress may seem tricky, there are often many different options to choose from. Some of these options are free while others may cost you.
Mattress Disposal & Collection Services
When you’re looking to get rid of your old mattress, it’s worth checking if the retailer you originally bought it from, will dispose of it for you.
The company delivering your replacement might also offer a mattress collection service. Whether or not that will be free will depend entirely on the company, though. Some may offer it as a free incentive, whereas others will charge a fee.
You can also take your mattress to be recycled. This is much more environmentally friendly than letting it go to landfill. Check to see if your local recycling depot recycles mattresses. If you can take it there yourself, this can be done free of charge. Otherwise, your local council may charge you a fee to collect it.
The foam in mattresses can be easily recycled. It can be baled and sent off to help generate energy or it can be repurposed as industrial carpet underlay.
Selling or Giving Away a Mattress
Another free method of mattress disposal is simply to give it away. Depending on the condition of your mattress, it may suitable for use by somebody in need.
Alternatively, you could opt to sell it and make a little money back on your initial purchase. Naturally, this will largely depend on the condition of your old mattress.
Ways to Avoid
If you can avoid sending your mattress to landfill, try to do so. If you have the option to recycle it instead, you’ll be doing your part by not contributing to the worsening state of landfills in the UK.
Also, don’t dump your mattress. By this, we mean fly-tipping. Not only is it a nuisance, but it’s also illegal and could see you hit with a hefty fine.
Finally, we recommend you don’t burn your mattress.; even if it is cold this Winter. While there are no laws against bonfires in England and Wales, setting fire to a mattress can be dangerous. The fumes they give off may also be bad for your health and the environment.