The United States throws away approximately 18.2 million mattresses a year with more than 50,000 mattresses ending up in landfills every day. To help cut down on waste, mattress owners should look for ways to properly dispose of their mattress.
Typically, you should replace your mattress every 10 years. Of course, this number will vary from person to person and the type of mattress you have. When you opt to replace yours will largely depend on how often you use your mattress and how well you take care of it.
Wondering how to dispose of a mattress properly? Leaving it on the curb is not going to cut it and taking it to the city dump can be stressful. Not disposing of your bed properly can lead to some hefty fines, so it’s important to do your research first.
Before getting rid of your mattress, you’ll want to check your mattress’s warranty. A warranty is basically a time frame the mattress company will give in which they will replace your mattress if it gets damaged. Usually, this number is anywhere between five and 10 years, however, every warranty is different.
You’ll want to check if your warranty covers mattress removal and replacement. If your warranty doesn’t cover removal, you’ll have to dispose of the mattress on your own.
Before disposing of your mattress, research your state’s policies for mattress removal. Some states — such as Connecticut, California, and Rhode Island — make mattress recycling a no brainer with robust laws and recycling programs that can take the mattress off your hands. However, not all states are like this. It’s important to do your own research to see if there are any policies your state enforces.
Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to dispose of your mattress. To help, we’ve outlined each mattress disposal option available to you below.