How to Recycle Your Mattress
Earth Day is on April 22nd, and we thought what better way to celebrate than by helping our customers by providing some tricks on how you can get rid of your old mattress without throwing it in a landfill. This year, instead of taking your old mattress to the dump, recycle it with one of these clever ideas!
1. See if the manufacturer has a buyback program.Some mattress companies will offer you money to buy back your old mattress, assuming it is still under warranty. This is a great opportunity for you to get a little cash back and it helps you rest easy knowing your old mattress will be recycled.
2. Donate it to a shelter or church.Organizations such as these often gather supplies like food, clothes, and yes, even mattresses, so they can be used to help those less fortunate. Some of them may even be willing to pick up your old mattress and take it away for you.
3. Drop it off at a thrift store.Places like Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and even local thrift stores tend to accept mattresses as donations, assuming they are still in a good, usable condition. Contact your local thrift organization to see if they’re interested in yours!
4. Offer it to an animal rescue.Shelters, humane societies, and animal control units are always in need of supplies for the animals they take care of. What might be an old mattress to you could be a warm, comfortable bed for a dog or cat who hasn’t had one in a while.
5. List it on an online marketplace.Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and other similar sites are ideal for getting rid of things you don’t want anymore, and mattresses are no exception. List your old mattress on one of these sites for cheap or free and someone will probably take it off your hands within a couple of days.
6. Use the mattress materials for crafting.Yes, you heard us right. You can disassemble your old mattress and use nearly all of the components for fun crafting or DIY projects. For example, you can use old mattress springs to hold up plants in your garden. Wooden mattress frames can be used to make compost bins and raised plant beds. You can even use the mattress padding to make a new bed for your pet!
7. Check with your local recycling center.Some recycling programs have what they call “bulk waste collection”. This means they have certain days where they will either come pick up large items, or you can come to drop off large items, to be recycled. This may not always include mattresses though, so call your recycling center to be sure.
8. Search online for mattress disposal companies.There are plenty of tolls on the internet that can help you find a company that will recycle your mattress for you. 1-800-GOT-JUNK has a tool that can connect you with a mattress recycler no matter where you are. Earth911 also has lists of mattress recyclers in each state.
Now that you’ve successfully recycled your old mattress, why not come in to Wilmington Furniture & Mattress to purchase a new one! We have plenty of different types and styles of mattresses to choose from, as well as bedroom furniture, living room furniture, and more! Call us at 910-399-1013 for more info or visit our store today!