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?