How To Get Rid Of Your Old Mattress Correctly?

How To Get Rid Of Your Old Mattress Correctly?

Getting rid of an old mattress is not something we often think about, and once your mattress is at the end of its lifespan, it is important to dispose of it correctly. You would be surprised how many options there are out there, some more expensive than others, some more environmentally damaging than others. Below, we will be outlining some of the ways in which you can do this, and pros and cons of each option.


Kernahans Donate

Donation is a cost effective way to get rid of your mattress, and charities such as the British Heart Foundation will resell your mattress and donate the money towards good causes. However, charities will only take a mattress if it is in good condition and still has a fire label. Now what is considered good condition? The con to this option is than more often than not your mattress will not be accepted for donation unless its pretty much brand new and clean. If the mattress is not good enough anymore for you, it is likely it will not be good enough for anyone else (or healthy in that matter). There are other ways to donate a mattress – perhaps one of your family members or a friend is in need of one? You could also advertise the mattress on groups on Facebook, or websites such as Freecycle, but even with these type of donations it is highly recommended the the mattress is clean and in good condition. The pros of the donation option is that you will be getting rid of your mattress for free and it will not go to landfill, however, as mentioned above, the condition of the mattress is important and donating might not be the best option.


Kernahans Recycling

If you live in the UK, your local council will offer a service of bulky waste collections for a fee. You can find out the exact price of the collection by going on website and typing in your postcode, but be sure to read the terms, as most councils will charge per item, so if you are also getting rid of a bed, that will be two items to pay for. While this is a convenient and relatively cost effective method to dispose of your bulky items, there is no guarantee that your mattress will not end up in landfill and usually this service will take longer than perhaps private companies who offer the same service. Now during Covid-19 some councils have a waiting time of up to two months to collect any bulky items which deters most people as they may already have another mattress being delivered, and the old mattress will be taking up too much room in the house.

Your local waste tips do take bulky items such as mattresses, but if you do not have a big enough vehicle to deliver the mattress yourself this might not be an option for you. There is also no guarantee that your mattress will not end up in landfill unless you take it to a dedicated recycling facility, however such facilities may charge you to dispose of the mattress.


When you buy your new mattress, a company who are delivering may also be able to take your old one away for an additional fee. Companies such as IKEA and John Lewis offer this service if you buy a new mattress from them, and the old one will be taken away and recycled. However, you should only use this service if you are sure you will be happy with the new mattress, otherwise you will be left without a bed completely if you decide to return the new one.

You can also use a private Waste Management company to dispose of your mattress, this way you can control when you want the old mattress to be picked up. The prices of this type of service vary greatly, however, mattresses are generally more expensive to get rid of due to the costs and labour involved for it to be recycled. Such companies also vary in their recycling methods, some are specialist at recycling mattresses and others may take it to landfill, so it is important to do some research and find out what the company does with their mattresses and how they recycle it. In general, it is very important who you choose to dispose of your waste and be sure to ask for their waste carriers license if not stated on their website and be sure to received a Waste Transfer Note once the collection has been completed. If they are not a registered waste carrier your mattress could end up in a worse place than landfill, and could be fly-tipped – if this happens you are at risk of being fined if the mattress is traced back to you.

Here at Kernahans Rubbish Removal, we offer a variety of services one of which involves mattress collection and recycling. We segregate the recyclable components ourselves. The good news is that mattresses can be 100% recycled e.g. the springs can be melted down and metal reused for a variety of purposes, the fabric and foam can be bailed up and reused to either create carpet underlay, or sent off to a waste-to-energy facility, where it is burned in an incinerator to create electricity.


Kernahans DIY

The good news is, is that you can actually recycle the mattress yourself if you have the time, the will, the space and the tools to do it. The process may be daunting at first, however it is relatively easy and will save you a lot of money. By using simple tools such as a utility knife you can cut the mattress apart and separate its components, of course you have to take great care when doing this to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. Once the mattress is separated into spring and fabric/foam, you can simply get your local scrap company to collect the springs and the foam can be rolled up and put into a rubbish bag, following which you can simply put it in your bin ready for your weekly bin collection.

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