What Are Some Ways to Dispose of an Old Mattress?

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What Are Some Ways to Dispose of an Old Mattress?

The National Sleep Foundation states that mattresses should be replaced roughly every 8 to 10 years. Most of the time, you’re replacing a mattress because it’s past its use. It’s lumpy or sagging, stained, has an odor, or in general has become uncomfortable. You must then decide what to do with the old mattress.

Donate if It’s Gently Used

On rare occasions, a mattress with light use (for example, as a guest bed) or one that’s been recently purchased can be donated to a charity, such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. It’s important the mattress is still good enough for someone else to want it. Sometimes the organization might pick it up for free. Make sure to call and arrange pickup with your local organization. If you’re capable of moving the mattress to the curb, you can list the mattress on Craigslist or Freecycle for someone in the area who may want to take it off your hands.

Try Furniture Store Removal

If you’re purchasing a replacement mattress from a local furniture store, you might be able to have the old mattress removed when the new one is delivered. Sometimes this is an added benefit included in the purchase price of the new mattress, but some stores charge a small disposal fee for this service. However, the popularity of buying mattresses online has risen in recent years, which means you may need another option for removal.

Recycle It

Because a mattress can take up as much as 23 cubic feet of space in a landfill and emit harmful chemicals, it’s important that it be recycled. Most cities won’t accept mattresses through curbside pickup or at the local dump. Luckily, there are usually local recycling centers that accept used mattresses. Depending on the recycling center and the type of mattress, 85–95 percent of the mattress’s materials can be recycled. Earth 911’s recycling database can provide a listing of locations close to you.

Hire a Junk Removal Service

Mattresses are large, heavy, and hard to transport. What if you don’t have the physical ability to lift the mattress or a vehicle large enough to take it to a recycling facility? Hiring a junk removal service is another worry-free way to dispose of a mattress. Many Dallas, TX, disposal services will also recycle the mattress. Because removal costs can vary depending on the size of the mattress and whether there are also box springs, it’s important to obtain an estimate from a nearby service. Using a removal service may also be the best option if you’re also replacing additional pieces of furniture, such as dressers or nightstands. Furniture stores will generally only dispose of the mattress for you.

When they need efficient, reliable mattress pickup, Dallas residents call on the pros from Junk Guru. We’ll come to your home and take away your mattress as well as any other types of furniture, junk, debris, and appliances you need to get rid of. Call one of our friendly team members at 469-217-6984 to schedule an appointment.

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