Where Can I Get Rid Of My Old Mattress

Households will understand the struggle of getting rid of an old mattress when they get a new one, particularly due to the bulky nature of a mattress. You will naturally want to find a way to dispose of your old mattress responsibly, affordably and conveniently, which is no easy task. Fortunately, our mattress removal experts are on hand to help, with a guide to help you decide where and how to shift an old mattress in no time at all! 


When should I dispose of my old mattress?

Due to how varied they are in quality, materials, care, size, and use, the lifespan of your mattress can differ considerably. Despite this, The Sleep Council recommend replacing your mattress every seven years to ensure you get the right amount of sleep and maintain hygiene in your home. In particular, the most common indications that you need to replace your mattress include: 

  • Visible signs of wear and tear
  • Springs are noisy and cause discomfort 
  • Struggling to sleep well
  • Stiff muscles when you wake up 
  • Signs that you are allergic to either dust mites or allergens contained in the mattress
  • When your mattress begins to lose shape or sags
  • That your weight has changed dramatically 

Take The Sleep Council’s ‘Bed MOT’ quiz to find out whether it’s time to say goodbye to your mattress

Where can I dispose of a mattress?

If you’re looking to replace your old mattress with a new one, you may be wondering how do you get rid of an old mattress? Fortunately, there are a few options available to you that can help you shift your old mattress and make way for the new one.  

– Hire a skip

Hiring a skip may be a desirable option for homes that are under renovation and have more waste to get rid of, as well as a mattress, since a skip is a convenient waste disposal method over a period of time. 

However, it is not always worthwhile hiring a skip if you are only looking to dispose of a mattress, since skips come in a wide range of sizes and are designed to be filled up over a duration of time, with multiple pieces of waste. 

What’s more, as a mattress requires unique and separate disposal from most other general waste, it is possible that many skip hire services will not take away your mattress in a skip, or they will charge extra for a mattress. It’s worth discussing this with your skip hire company before booking because you could be left without somewhere to dispose of your mattress, but charged nonetheless.

– Visit a local recycling centre

Arguably one of the most popular mattress removal options is to take your mattress to your local tip. This is because it tends to be the cheapest option given that taking small amounts of waste or furniture to your local recycling centre is typically free of charge. However, this is only a viable option if you have access to a large car.

Going to your local tip can also be quite time consuming since the demand for local recycling centres tends to be high, and it is possible that you will have to queue for some time. As a result, it could be a less desirable option for the busier families, particularly since tips tend to be restricted to certain opening times too. 

What’s more, whilst many local areas have a tip nearby, some individuals will find that they need to travel for some time in order to reach their local recycling centre. Find your local recycling centre is using this handy location search tool

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How not to dispose of your mattress

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. 

What is the best way to dispose of an old mattress?

The best way to get rid of an old mattress depends entirely on who you are, and what you are looking for. If you are looking for a free way to get rid of your old mattress, it may be a good idea to pay a visit to a local tip, but only if you have the right vehicle and time to do so. If you have a large amount of waste due to renovating or a house clearance, hiring a skip may be a good option, too. 

However, if you are looking for a more convenient, efficient and stress-free solution to getting rid of your mattress, consider booking mattress removal via a professional waste clearance company. They will collect, transport and dispose of your mattress as and when you need it, on your terms. Not only will this be done in an eco-friendly fashion, but it means that you can put your feet up and relax whilst they do all of the heavy lifting for you, and for little more than what you would pay for a skip.

Hiring a professional waste clearance service to remove and dispose of your mattress has many benefits. Not only is it convenient and fast, with many companies offering same day mattress removal, but it also gives individuals total peace of mind that their mattress will be transported and recycled in an ethical and legal way.

Our London-based mattress clearance service means that you can sit back and relax, without the need to hire an appropriate vehicle, queue for hours, or pay out for a skip. Our furniture disposal experts will collect your mattress quickly and efficiently, and pledge to make every mattress removal both friendly and fast. Get in touch today for a fixed no obligation quote.