Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Mattresses

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This day in 2023 we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. A wonderful man to remember! If you are lucky, you might even have the day off. Today on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024” we are going to talk about mattresses.

Much like appliances, mattresses are large and heavy. Also similar is the fact that often when you buy a new mattress, the delivery service takes your old one away. However, there may be times when you want to get rid of a mattress when you aren’t shopping for a new one. For instance, maybe you are downsizing and will need fewer beds. Or perhaps you are relocating, and your old mattress isn’t worth moving.

For sanitary reasons (including bedbugs), mattresses are tricky to donate. Unless you have a mattress in “like new” condition, you might have a tough time finding anyone who wants it.  If you do happen to have a mattress in excellent condition, you can contact your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore to see if someone will come and pick it up. (Learn more about ReStore on Day 13 of this challenge.)

The good news is that roughly 80% of a mattress is recyclable. The trick is getting your mattress to the proper recycler who can separate the various elements (e.g., steel coils, fabric, padding, etc.). 

For my local readers, the state of CT has a mattress recycling program that is supported by taxes collected on the sale of new mattresses. You can visit Bye Bye Mattress – a program run by the Mattress Recycling Council – to see your options. Similar programs are being run in California, Rhode Island and (coming soon) Oregon. Additionally, most town transfer stations allow residents to drop off mattresses for free.

If you don’t live in the state of CT, begin by contacting your local town or municipality to see what is recommended. Additionally, you always have the option of hiring a junk hauling service to take it away.

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I know I saved an old crib mattress for years, thinking I would use it for grandchildren. However, I have no grandchildren, and the mattress is no longer clean enough for me to feel comfortable using it. It’s time for it to go!

Might you have a need to get rid of a mattress in your space?

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18 thoughts on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Mattresses”

  1. Great post Seana. Yes it’s very tricky when it comes to mattresses. There are no organizations around our area that would take them. And mattresses have to be changed every few years, you spend most of your day resting on one, if the mattress is old it could cause many problems. There is a service that comes to your house to wash mattresses. There are also free facebook pages where people look for gently used mattresses to help someone who’s starting from scratch.
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    1. Nice to hear that there are services who wash mattresses. I didn’t know that was a thing. That would be so nice to do before you donated through a FB group!

  2. This title caught my eye, because we’re currently awaiting delivery of our new mattress! We opted for the store to take away the old one, and they will donate it to someone in need (well, probably not in our case, it’s pretty old) or recycle it. If we didn’t do that, we would have to wrap and seal the mattress in plastic (in case of bedbugs), drag it down a long hall to the elevator then from the elevator to the curb, on a specific day, after receiving authorization, and I’m pretty sure it would end up in landfill. No thanks to any of that! If I ever need to just get rid of a mattress, I’ll have to look into other local options.
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    1. Nice that you can arrange for a pickup, though. We are lucky in CT to have so many options. These are huge, so worth trying to do what we can to dispose responsibly!

  3. What a great resource! Local counties and cities all have their requirements for removing these items. So a little research will save you money and time.

    When my daughter finished her senior year, we had to get rid of her mattress. In Philadelphia, you must place the mattress in a mattress bag bought on Amazon, or they will not take it.
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  4. This is excellent information! Like Diane, I didn’t realize mattresses were recyclable. I know it’s challenging to donate them for sanitary reasons. When we’ve replaced a mattress, we’ve always had the mattress delivery people take away the old one. I never thought about what they did with them and just assumed they tossed them out.

    In the future, I’ll be more aware of the recycling option.

    1. Isn’t that interesting? I have always had the delivery company for the new mattress haul the old one away. However, nowadays many people order deflated mattresses (the ones that expand after opening from the packaging), so there is no built-in return service. Anyway, good to know!

  5. I know my mother still has *my* crib mattress in the basement, and that hasn’t been used for almost 55 years! I knew that you couldn’t really donate any but new mattresses, but hadn’t considered the options for recycling. As mine isn’t one of the states in which the Mattress Recycling Council operates a program, I’m so envious of the service available in your state. I did a little Googling but learned that here in Chattanooga, there are only mattress disposal services through various junk disposal companies, and they’re quite pricey. I guess the best solution is that when you buy a new mattress from a local retailer, having them haul away the old mattress for free; but if (as you note) you’re trying to downsize, that’s not feasible. After all, the goal is fewer, not more, beds! Taking your own mattress to a recycling center requires access to a truck, and I’m sure that’s not a possibility for many. Hopefully, the Mattress Recycling Council will expand to more states! Thanks for introducing us to what they do.
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    1. I hope the recycling trend spreads as well. It really is the best solution!

      (love that your mother still has your crib mattress… that’s love!)

  6. I have always had the company who delivers the new mattress take the old. However I know it’s a problem to donate them. The sanitary issue also applies to sofa beds. I might be looking at this problem if I replace a bed I have with a larger one-double for queen size. I will start checking.

  7. This is great information! Like Diane, I had no idea mattresses were recyclable. I understand that donating them can be difficult due to hygiene concerns. When we replace a mattress, we always have the mattress delivery guys remove the old one. I never considered what they did with them and simply assumed they threw them out.

    In the future, I’ll be more conscious of recycling options.

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