Just as there are many ways that you could get rid of your mattress, there are a few, important things to avoid when disposing of an old mattress.
We often see mattresses and other bulky furniture abandoned at the side of the road, with the hope that it will be collected by someone who needs it. However, dumping your mattress in this way is actually a crime, since it constitutes fly-tipping which is defined as the ‘illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a license to accept it’.
Whilst leaving your mattress on the side of the road appears to be a harmless way to get rid of your waste, according to the government it can carry big repercussions such as a fine of up to £50,000, or five years imprisonment.
You should also avoid disposing of your mattress by burning it, since when a mattress is burned it gives off fumes which can prove damaging to the environment. In fact, these gases can be harmful to anyone that inhales them, including animals, people and even plants.