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What Do You Do With An Old Mattress?

Posted by Junk King on Jan 28, 2020 9:53:00 AM



Here's a question for you - what do you do with an old mattress? If you've replaced yours or have an extra one now, it can be a problem.

Well, there are good and bad answers to that question. And the good one might surprise you.

Things You Should Not Do With Your Old Mattress

If you have limited storage space in your home or apartment, the thought of keeping an old mattress around, stuffed against a wall somewhere, is not practical. And you can't just throw it on the floor somewhere.

Because mattresses, especially Queen and King sized, take up a lot of space!

And, if you have more than one to get rid of, then the problem is compounded a great deal. So, again, the question becomes, "What do you do with an old mattress?"

Well, here's what you should also NOT do with it: Dump it somewhere outside. 

Not only is this littering - and on a large scale - but it's illegal and potentially hazardous. And the consequences if you're caught are not slight. According to ByByeMattress

"Illegal dumping disrupts natural land and water, harms plants and wildlife, causes health and safety hazards, attracts disease carrying pests like rodents and insects, pollutes water sources, decreases property values, and costs taxpayers millions in clean-up costs."

And they go on to add that, if convicted of this crime, you can receive fines up to $10,000, have your vehicle seized, and even be incarcerated.

That's a lot to have to go through just to get an old mattress out of your house the easy way.


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Good Things You Can Do With Your Old Mattress

Here's something that you and just about everyone else in America have in common: we all sleep on a mattress. 

While this might sound a bit obvious, the point is that there are over 300, 000, 000 people in the United States that need mattresses. And because most people replace their mattresses about every five to seven years or so there is always going to be a need for mattresses.

But another somewhat obvious fact is that new mattresses are expensive. How expensive?

Consumer Reports noted the following,

"A plush pillowtop (queen mattress only) can range from $800 to $3,000. Serta is the largest brand of mattresses, available at mass-market chains such as Sears, sleep specialty chains, and furniture stores. Prices range from $200 for an entry-level, firm queen mattress to $3,000 for a Cool Action memory-foam model."

What this means for many people is that when the need for a new mattress arises they can't always afford one. So, being able to get a clean, gently-used mattress in good condition can be a great way to acquire one affordably.

And there are a number of ways you can make this happen with your old mattress.

The first and often simplest way is to give it to a family member, friend or neighbor that is in need of a replacement or additional mattress. Think about it: mattresses get old and have to be replaced, children get older and need bigger mattresses, and people get added to households and need a bed.

Another way to give away your old mattress is through non-profit organizations.

  • Salvation Army - They will pick up your old mattress for free.
  • Goodwill - Not all locations accept mattresses. Donated mattress must be in good shape.
  • Habitat for Humanity - They also offer free mattress pick up services.

And don't overlook your local charitable and non-profit facilities. There are often a number of homeless shelters, women's shelters, rehab centers and other places that provide sleeping arrangements. These organizations are often in need of mattresses and other items.


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Do Some Good for Yourself With Your Old Mattress

If your old mattress is in good shape and usable, then you can likely make some money from it through a number of methods. 

How much money? Well, that depends. Here's what one source suggests,

"Generally speaking, a used mattress will command a resale price that is roughly equivalent to 20% to 30% of the original product price. If a mattress originally costs $1,000, then expect to resell it for $200 to $300; if the original cost is $2,000, then the resale price will probably fall between $400 and $600."

You can accomplish this through classified ads - both off and online - or through online selling sites such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and many others. Of course, there is always the traditional yard sale or garage sale approach, and there are likely other outlets including some consignment shops.

But what if your mattress is too old? Or too worn out? What if it's not able to be donated or sold?

That's the other good part - you can recycle your old mattress.

Up to 90 percent of the material in a typical innerspring mattress can be recycled and reused, making them great candidates for recycling.

There is metal in the springs and brackets, wood in the frame,  foam and fabric materials. A standard mattress contains little if anything that is toxic, and much that is reusable. However, if you choose to recycle it, where do you take your mattress for recycling and how do you get it there?

Loading and hauling a mattress is not easy, and you need a proper vehicle to move a mattress with. This can mean tying or strapping it down and then unloading it when you arrive.

Fortunately, there is an easier way to get this done by not having to do it yourself!


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What Do You Do With An Old Mattress? Call the Pros!

Disposing of an old mattress doesn't have to be a major problem for you. By calling in a professional team of mattress disposal experts, you just need to sit back while they do all the work. 

At Junk King, our full-service mattress removal and recycling eliminates the need for you to handle old mattresses because we can haul and recycle them for you. You can send your old mattress off for recycling today and even schedule other bulk junk pickup while you're at it.

All this by simply calling Junk King, or by booking with us online.

At Junk King, we provide efficient, safe and eco-friendly mattress disposal service that makes the entire process easy for you.  And our experienced mattress removal team will haul off your old mattress and even the bed frame, all without damaging any part of your home on the way out.

We do all the heavy lifting so there's no need for you to carry items out to the curb and have them be an eyesore for your neighbors. And best of all, we make sure that your mattress and any other unwanted items are disposed of at a proper recycling facility to avoid any harm to our ecosystem.

Our professional and insured mattress disposal team will call 15 minutes before we show up at your home or office and, when we  arrive on site, we’ll give you a free estimate based only on how much room your items take up in our truck. You point and we haul your items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.

Ready to get rid of your old mattress? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).


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