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How do you get rid of your old mattress?

Once you've decided to get a brand new mattress, you need to decide what to do with your old one. Unfortunately, you don't have many options, as the market for re-using and recycling mattresses is very small.

Throw it away

Most people have to throw their mattresses away. If you can, take it down to your local waste management site, or call your council, who can arrange to come and collect large items from your home. Your mattress will probably end up in a landfill site, along with the thousands of other mattresses that are thrown away every year.

Re-use it

Depending on the age and state of your mattress, you may be able to re-use it. If your mattress is only a couple of years old, and you've replaced it because you've bought a bigger bed, or wanted to try the new memory foam technology, there will still be life in your mattress. You can re-use it yourself in a guest room, or you can give it to friends or family members who need one. You can also contact local charities, who may be able to take it for use in hostels or for other charitable purposes.


If you're lucky enough to live somewhere that has a recycling scheme for mattresses, then this is the best option to choose. Mattresses actually have a lot of recyclable materials in them and, if you have the time, you can even break down the mattress yourself and use its constituent parts in a number of ways - from using the ticking to make dressing-up costumes for the kids to using the springs as a trellis frame in the garden.

Talk to your mattress supplier to see if they will take your mattress away when they deliver your new one. Many retailers are unable to do this due to various health and safety restrictions, but some may be able to help. If not, ask them for advice on getting rid of your old mattress safely and quickly.

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