Saying Goodbye to Your Old Mattress
When you’re done with a mattress it's tempting to try to find another use for it. Handing it down to your kids, putting it in your guest room, selling it on Craigslist, or donating it to a charity might seem like good options. But while this seems savvy, it's actually a bad idea. If a mattress is no longer good enough for you to use, it's not good enough for anyone else. In particular, old mattresses are harmful for children, whose active, developing bodies require the support of a good-quality mattress.
A Proper Send-Off
We’ve all seen mattresses that have been improperly disposed of. Mattresses don’t belong on the side of the road, in the bottom of a lake or in the middle of a field. Your mattress did a good job for you for many years and now it’s your turn to take care of it. Dispose of your mattress in a safe and responsible way:
- Ask the store where you bought your new mattress to pick up your old set when they deliver the new one. Most retailers routinely offer mattress pick-up and disposal service as part of the purchase price or for a small fee.
- Call your local municipality, sanitation department or garbage collector. They usually have provisions for picking up larger items.
- Refer to Bye Bye Mattress’ directory of recyclers for a location near you.
Time to toss? 70% of old mattresses remain in use past the point when they’re still in good shape.