How to Dispose of a Mattress

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Purple Staff
Last Updated
February 8, 2022
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When it is time for a new mattress, people often do not hesitate to toss out their old one and replace it with a new, more comfortable one. Yet, getting rid of your old mattress is a much bigger deal than you might realize. In the United States alone, nearly 18.2 million mattresses are thrown away each year!


Most mattresses are designed to last up to 10 years. That time can lessen or extend depending on the type of mattress you have and how well you care for it. When the life of your mattress has come to an end, it is important to know how to dispose of it properly. Before you throw yours in a dumpster or take it to the dump, there are two things you should check first.

Check Warranty

It is important to check your mattress company’s warranty before you dispose of your old mattress. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that it is still under warranty. Our Purple mattresses have a limited 10-year warranty to make sure you get the most out of your mattress and sleep your best.

Research State Policies for Disposing of a Mattress

Make sure to check the mattress disposal policies, if any, for the state in which you live. Three states in particular—California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut—have extensive mattress recycling laws to make disposing of your mattress easier and safer for the environment. Even if you do not live in one of these three states, check with your state for any disposal programs or requirements to avoid any citations or fines.

How to Know When to Throw Away a Mattress?

Although the life of a mattress can vary, most generally last up to 10 years before it is time to get a new one. That 10-year mark does not automatically mean you need to shop for a new mattress, though. There are several tell-tale signs to watch out for. We created a list for you below:

Is your mattress sagging? If you see noticeable sagging, this means you are no longer getting the support your body needs for comfortable rest.

Do you see or feel lumps? Lumps could mean you have broken coils, broken foam, or structural damage to your mattress.

Is your mattress noisy? If your mattress squeaks or creaks while you sleep on it, it may be time for a new mattress.

Do you wake up sore or stiff? Any new signs of soreness or stiffness when you wake up in the morning means you no longer get the support and cushioning you used to.

Do you notice more movement than usual? If you or your significant other move a lot while sleeping and it wakes the other person up when it didn’t before, it might be time to look at a new mattress.

Does your mattress smell? If your mattress gives off an unpleasant odor, even after attempting to clean it, you should consider purchasing a new mattress.

If you notice a significant change in the way your mattress looks or feels, how it smells, and/or how you sleep, it might be time to shop for something new. When you do, the rest of this guide will give you all the tips and information for disposing of your old mattress.

Donate Mattress

Donating mattress to store

A great option for disposing of your mattress is by donating it. Many charities and shelters will take mattress donations. Not all mattresses are in good enough condition to be donated, though, and most of these charities and shelters have guidelines for what types of mattresses they will donate. So keep that in mind before you attempt to drop your old mattress off.

Here are a few suggestions that welcome mattress donations:

Larger Organizations:

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army serves over 131 countries around the globe and has centers all over the nation that take donations. You can search for a center near you through their center locator on the Salvation Army website. The Salvation Army offers drop-off and pick-up services for most locations.

Goodwill Industries: Another non-profit organization that will take mattress donations. You can find a donation center near you by using their store locator on their website. You can schedule a drop-off or pick-up service at most Goodwill locations.

Furniture Bank Association: Takes lightly used furniture donations and gives them to families in need. They have many centers around the nation. You can find one near you through their donation center locator. The Furniture Bank Association also offers drop-off or pick-up services at most of their locations.

United Way: Takes your donations to help people all over the world live healthier lives. Only drop-off services are available at United Way centers.

Local Organizations

Homeless Shelters: Check your local homeless shelters to see if they need any mattress donations. A quick internet search can help you contact a shelter near you.

Local Churches: Many local churches accept donations to support their communities. You can contact several churches near you to find out if they accept mattress donations.

Domestic Violence Shelters: Domestic violence shelters often need supplies and donations like mattresses. You can perform an internet search for shelters near you, and then contact them to see if they have any needs for mattresses.

Facebook Yard Sale Groups: Check your local yard sale and community groups on Facebook to donate your mattress. Many people look to these groups to either donate or accept donations.

Recycle Mattress

A great option to dispose of your mattress, especially for the environment, is to recycle your mattress. Most, if not all, states have recycling facilities that allow you to recycle a number of items. Search for any local recycling facilities near you on the internet and contact them to find out if they accept mattresses or not.

There are several recycling services available to help you recycle your mattress.

Local Recycling Services: Not all recycling facilities in your area offer mattress recycling services, but it never hurts to check. Search online, or give them a call to find out whether you can recycle your mattress or not.

Bye Bye Mattress: is a recycling service dedicated to recycling mattresses. They help turn old mattresses into useful items and strive to keep communities clean. You can access their store locator. Although they aren’t available in every state, they can help you find a recycling facility near you.

Earth911: Earth911 is another recycling company that provides mattress recycling services, among many others. Search for local Earth911 recycling services near you with their locator. You can even search specifically for mattress recycling HERE.

Local City Offices: Your local city office may take your mattresses as a donation or for recycling if available. You can contact your local city building to see what options are available for disposing of your mattress.

Sell or Give It Away

Another option to dispose of your mattress is to sell it or give it away. Selling your old mattress is a great way to earn extra money to put toward your new mattress. Giving your mattress away to someone in need is a great way to support those around you.

Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other online services are available to help you sell or give your mattress away. Simply create a listing and wait for people to contact you to take your old mattress and make it their own.

Man selling mattress to woman

Throw It Away

We recommend throwing away your mattress only after you have tried every other option. The reason we recommend attempting other options first is that throwing away your mattress not only takes a toll on the environment but also many cities and states will fine you if your mattress is incorrectly discarded. Always check with your local and state laws before discarding your old mattress.

There are several ways you can properly discard your old mattress. Your city or state can offer several suggestions, we have a list of options we recommend as well.

Waste Disposal Service

Your local waste disposal service company can be a great source of information to help you dispose of your mattress properly. They have to follow local and state laws themselves, so contact them for any advice or services they offer.

Local City Dumps

Your local city dump is also a great, last resort option to help you dispose of your mattress. Make sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment if necessary, and follow all transportation and disposal rules they may have so that you don’t get fined.

LoadUp

LoadUp is a mattress disposal company that will offer to pick up your mattress and dispose of it for you for a fee. Simply schedule an appointment and they will take care of the rest. The average cost of mattress removal with LoadUp is $80. Find out if they are available in your area HERE.

1-800-Got-Junk

Similar to LoadUp, 1-800-Got-Junk offers junk disposal services, including mattress disposal. You can schedule an appointment through the phone or online, and they will dispose of your mattress for you for a fee. You can check availability at their website.

Purple Can Help

When you select a home set up with your new Purple mattress, we remove your old mattress at the time of delivery. We know mattresses inside and out and you can trust that we’ll dispose of your mattress properly, every time.

At Purple, we believe in offering you the best sleep possible. And that means not losing sleep over figuring out how to dispose of your old mattress, too. With the tips and information above, you can dispose of your mattress correctly and replace it with a new one easily.

Frequently Asked Questions About Disposing of a Mattress

How do you know if your mattress is in good enough shape to be donated?

Contact your local donation centers to find out what their guidelines are for mattress donations. Most donation centers have rules on what types of mattresses they will accept. Generally, well-kept mattresses in good condition may be donated to most centers.

How to dispose of a mattress for free?

You can dispose of a mattress for free in several ways. You can donate your mattress, recycle it, or even give it away. If it is in good condition, you can also try selling it. Most disposal services or city dumps will charge a fee to dispose of your mattress.

What is the best way to get rid of a mattress without taking it to the dump?

We recommend several options to get rid of your mattress without taking it to the dump. You can try giving it away, selling it, donating it to a local donation center or shelter, or recycling it. Most of these options are generally free as well.