Once a mattress has reached the end of its life, knowing how to dispose of it before you get a new one can be a challenge. A HUGE number of mattresses end up in landfill every year, which is not only a disaster for the environment, but it’s also unsustainable. As most are too big to fit into a car and putting them into a skip often means they’ll end up in landfill, how do you get rid of an old mattress safely and responsibly?
We reveal four different mattress disposal and recycling options; donate it, sell it, tip it or get it removed by a professional disposal service. Keep reading for more advice and tips on how to dispose of a mattress properly.
Mattress Disposal Options
Before you do anything else, we have put together a short guide to mattress disposal and the different ways you can get rid of your mattress once you are done with it.
When looking to get rid of your mattress there are four different options worth considering. Those four options are:
Donating your mattress to a charity or animal shelter
Selling your mattress second hand or to a retailer
Take your mattress down the tip (if you can fit it in a car)
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Donate Your Mattress
Before throwing away your old mattress, it’s always worth checking to see if it can be reused. If it is still in a good condition, you could donate it to a charity or animal shelter. By donating your mattress, you can give it to a good cause, avoid it being dumped into landfill and hopefully make a difference to someone in need.
Often mattresses can be used to help furnish accommodation for the less fortunate or provide a bit of additional comfort to those in need.
It’s always worth checking with the charity or shelter before donating, as not all mattresses will be suitable, especially if they are worn out.
Sell Your Mattress
For mattresses that have hardly been used, you can sell them online to a buyer or a retailer for second hand use. Again, as with donating, this is usually only the case with relatively new mattresses; however, it is a great option if your mattress is in good condition.
Top mattress disposal tip: some retailers might even recycle the old mattress for you if you purchase a new one from them and will take it away with them when they drop the new mattress off. Mattress recycling just got a whole lot easier.
Take Your Mattress to the Tip
If you own a car, the cheapest option for getting rid of your mattress, especially when it is in poor condition, would be to take it to the local tip. The biggest problem is, however, if you do not own a memory foam mattress, then fitting your mattress in the car may be a bit of a struggle. For others, local tips might not be close to where you live – so the whole process might be more time consuming than it should be.
Mattresses are not accepted or recycled at some local recycling centres or tips. It is often the case that a separate (and sometimes charged for) bulky waste collection service is offered by the council or private waste contractors, like Skoup.
Before loading your car, it is worth checking with your local council to find out if your local recycling centre or tip accepts mattresses.
Mattress Collection and Disposal Service
The fastest and most convenient way to get rid of your manky mattress* is, without a doubt, to have a professional company come and collect it. Here at Skoup, we offer Van It, a professional mattress collection and disposal service, designed to take away the stress of trying to get rid of your old mattress.
If you have just a mattress or you would like to get rid of any other junk, our team can remove everything for you in an efficient and cost-effective manner. If you book your old mattress collection before 12 noon, you can also benefit from our same day collection services. You call, we collect - it is that simple.
At Skoup we have developed our service, Van It, to help you get rid of any rubbish you may have. Our speciality is to provide you with a convenient service that will help you get rid of anything you don’t need or want around. Professional van removal services, like Van It, allow for you to get rid of any rubbish you may have, without the need to hire a skip. This makes it a handy way to get rid of anything you no longer want cluttering up your home.
Costs per van are incredibly reasonable with Van It. Our prices start at £75 per load, depending on where you are in the UK.
You can get a bespoke price today by visiting our Van It removal page.
Bulky Waste Removal Service
If you are based in Greater London, Birmingham or Leicester , with our new bulky waste service you can pay just for the mattress to be taken away rather than over paying for a quarter van size. If you're in one of the areas we offer it then you could make a decent saving!
We hope reading this has shown you how to get rid of a mattress in a way that is best for you and best for the environment. Get in touch to find out more about our rubbish removal services or to book your mattress disposal today!
*Please be aware that, where we can collect a large selection of mattresses, we are unable to collect heavily soiled mattresses. Any mattresses larger than a standard double that cannot be carried up or down the stairs, must fit into an operating lift.