How to Recycle Mattresses
Recycling mattresses is something many of us don’t even think about however they are filled with recyclable material. The wood, foam, cotton and metal springs that make up most mattresses are all recyclable.
If you’re purchasing a new mattress you can talk to that business about taking your old one to be recycled. Many mattress stores offer free mattress disposal but only if you are purchasing a new one.
If you aren’t purchasing a new mattress there are a few options out there though admittedly, mattress disposal can be difficult. There are some charity organizations that will pick up your old mattress for reuse however these are rare.
There are also some recyclers who will pick up mattresses for a fee. If you’re looking to recycle your mattress for free however you’ll likely have to drop it off at a designated location.
To recycle mattresses in your area use our recycling locator found at the end of this article.
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Frequent Mattress Recycling Questions
First, see if the company you bought your mattress from has a take-back program in place. If that doesn’t work out, jump to the recycling locator to track down recycling opportunities near you.
Mattress recycling options are limited in the U.S., but the number of programs is growing since mattresses can be taken apart for their components and recycled. King County, Wash., for example, recently expanded its recycling program to include mattresses.
Call ahead to local thrift stores and charities in your neighborhood to see if they accept used mattresses. If your mattress is still in good condition, you can also try giving it away on Freecycle or selling it on sites like Craigslist.
Keep in mind that mattresses are very difficult to disassemble. If you’re feeling ambitious, check out this DIY guide from How Stuff Works for tips and step-by-step instructions.