Can you take a mattress to the tip?

THE excitement of buying a new mattress can be overshadowed by the task of disposing of your old mattress.

You should replace your mattress every eight years and there are lots of ways to get rid of the old one.

Can you take a mattress to the tip?

Snuggling down into a new bed with fresh sheets can help you sleep better but worrying about the old mattress could keep you awake at night.

Of course, you can take your old mattress to the tip to dispose of it.

This is the least eco-friendly method of disposal as it will go to a landfill site.

That's not to mention you may not be able to fit your mattress in the car safely.

There are far easier and more eco-conscious ways to dispose of your mattress, giving it a second life instead of contributing to waste.


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How to dispose of an old mattress

There are lots of helpful ways to dispose of your old mattress, without having to pack the mattress in the car.

Sell the mattress

If your mattress is still in good condition you could sell it, make sure you give it a good clean before doing so.

Preloved sites like Ebay, Gumtree or Shpock are great places to find a new home for your old mattress.

If you're wondering how to price it, a good rule of thumb is under 30% of the original price.

Donate the mattress to a charity

Again, this is only for mattresses which still have some life in them and are clean.

Many charities will happily accept your old furniture and even collect them for you.

British Heart Foundation and the Red Cross are commonly used for all sorts of furniture disposal – mattresses included.

Recycle the mattress

Rather than dumping it in landfill, your local recycling centre might accept your old mattress.

The mattress can be stripped down to its components and recycled at the right centre.

Check if your recycling centre will take mattresses before loading it up in your car.

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Of course, this requires a vehicle big enough to fit your bulky bed so if you're driving a smart car you might want to look at other methods.

Mattress company disposal services

Many mattress companies will offer collection services, although these are rarely free.

If you're buying a mattress, check to see whether the company you're purchasing from will take the old one away with them.

Dreams, Emma, Ikea, John Lewis and Argos all offer a collection service but you will have to pay for that privilege – often around £35, depending on the size of the mattress.

These companies will then donate the mattress or as John Lewis says dispose of it "responsibly", although they do not specify how.

Are mattresses recyclable?

Mattresses have lots of materials that are recyclable such as springs in pocket-sprung types.

When a mattress is recycled each part is taken and distributed to industries which can make use of them.

Only around 16% of mattresses are recycled despite the fact they are able to be completely recycled.

This is often the best option for old mattresses that cannot be donated or reused.

Can I give my old mattress away?

As mentioned above, you can give your mattress away to a charity or anyone else who wants it.

While charities are keen to accept furniture, they need to be in good condition.

If you're disposing of your mattress and want to give it to charity consider if it is broken or stained or just too old to be of any worth.

It is admirable to want to donate but think about whether anyone would actually like your old mattress.

How can I get my mattress collected for free?

Charities will usually collect for free, unlike disposal services which will most likely charge you.

British Heart Foundation is a popular choice because they come and pick up your furniture for free, although bear in mind the usability of the mattress.

Shop around for the service which works for you but you will struggle to find a free service other than driving yourself to the recycling centre.

Can I pay a company to dispose of my mattress?

There are lots of mattress disposal companies out there, from private services to council run options.

Have a look at what's on offer in your local area because services vary and so does the price.

London councils have a mattress collection service, although it can take up to two weeks for your bed to be picked up.

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Luckily for people living in Bexley, Hillingdon, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Waltham Forest the service is totally free.

If all else fails, you could always rent a small van and take the mattress to the recycling centre yourself.

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