You love the idea of sleeping in comfort on the new mattress you are contemplating purchasing, but you can’t get one nagging thought out of your mind. What are you going to do with the old one? As someone who is doing your best to be friendly to the environment, taking it to the dump—or giving it to someone else who probably will—just does not sound right. And yet, the reality is that you can no longer sleep on that broken-down mattress. It is well over ten years old—about the maximum time mattresses are at their best—and it absolutely must go. Don’t despair. There definitely are things you can do to see that your mattress is disposed of properly.

The Most Obvious Option and its Potential Pitfalls

When you decide which mattress you want to purchase, you can speak with the store about delivery options. At the same time, inquire about whether they provide a service that would remove your old mattress. Often, they will do it at no extra charge. However, a word of caution is necessary here: many stores simply drive your old bedding to a landfill and call it a day. Unless you can be sure that the dump will not be your mattress’s ultimate destination, you might not want to use this option. After all, nearly ninety percent of the materials in your old mattress can be recycled. There are innumerable uses for recycled cotton, cloth, wood, and even the metal in springs.

Options for Mattress Recycling

If you’re not satisfied with the outcome of your mattress removal question, ask the store if they know of any locations that recycle mattresses or refurbish gently used ones. Another idea is to give your old mattress a new lease on life by donating it to a charity or nonprofit organization. As long as it is in good condition and not badly worn or stained, many groups will accept donated mattresses. Some are even willing to pick them up at your home. For some additional details about recycling your mattress, go to

You have already had too many sleepless nights from tossing on your old and decrepit mattress. Now that you know that it will find a final resting place that is earth-friendly, you can enjoy the peace and repose you will find on your newly purchased bed. Hopefully, by the time it is necessary to dispose of your purchase several years in the future, there will be even more ecologically sound options readily available to you.


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