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How to dispose of a mattress by yourself

So, you’ve decided that it’s time to replace your old and well-loved mattress with a brand new one. Cool. You probably have the new addition to your bedroom already delivered to your property and you just can’t wait to place it inside the frame and to test it out. But aren’t you forgetting something? Yup – the old mattress. 

At this point, you must be scratching your head, asking yourself how to get rid of the mattress as quickly as possible, but you just can’t think of a convenient way to remove the piece from your property.

Well, guess what – Rainbow Rubbish Removals is here to tell you exactly how to dispose of a mattress, without wasting a single nerve! 

How to get rid of an old mattress: Your options

Before we get down to the actual process, we need to talk about your mattress disposal options. Needless to say, you can’t just take the thing and throw it in the dumpster on your street. You need to dispose of the mattress in a safe and responsible way. With that in mind, you have a couple of options: 

  1. You can recycle the mattress;
  2. You can donate the item;
  3. You can take it to a landfill;

All of these mattress disposal alternatives have their positive and negative sides and we are going to break them down for you. Let’s start off with… 

Recycling the mattress

This is probably the most eco-friendly way to get rid of an old mattress. Generally, every single part of a mattress, including the stuffing, springs, wood frame, etc. can be recycled, which is more than good news. So, if you have the option to drive your mattress to a nearby recycling centre, it’s always a better idea to do that, instead of leaving it next to the dumpster. However, there are downsides to this:

One, there is the chance that there is no recycling centre close to your location, and two – you’ll need to find a way to transport it to said-facility, which can be a very, very hard thing to accomplish.

Donating the mattress

If your mattress is in a “desirable” state, you can always try to donate it to a charity or give it to a friend or family member to use. Like with the recycling option, this is a more nature-friendly way of dealing with your old mattress. Needless to say, the downside of this mattress disposal alternative is that maybe your friend just doesn’t need an old, dusty mattress or the charity of your choice doesn’t want to take it. And there is no one to blame for this – trying to donate an old mattress is not like giving away cool clothes that you don’t wear anymore. 

Taking the mattress to a landfill

Even the name of the option doesn’t sound that great. Taking your old mattress to a landfill may sound like the easiest thing to do, after all – you just drive the item and dump it there. However, the scenario is very, very different in real life. First, you need to find (again) a big enough vehicle to transport the piece. Then, you have to start looking for people to help you out, because you just can’t lift a huge mattress all by yourself. After that, you have to drive the item to the landfill, which can be very far from your property, and unload it there. And after all of this is done, you’ll probably need to pay a fee in order to leave the mattress there. Doesn’t sound that convenient and easy now, does it? 

With all of this being said, there is a fourth secret option that will answer all of your prayers and it’s called…

Hiring a professional disposal company

If you can’t bring yourself to load, transport, and unload your old mattress in a recycling center, can’t find a friend in need of one ASAP or you just don’t feel like dealing with the whole task of disposing the piece by yourself, give Rainbow Rubbish Removals a call and we’ll come to literally take the dusty, old mattress off your hands. Our company offers professional mattress disposal services that will save you all of the back pain and headaches of trying to get rid of the piece by yourself. All you have to do is give us a call or request a quote for your mattress online and before you know it, a Rainbow Rubbish Removals team of furniture removal specialists will be at your doorstep to complete the service. So, don’t waste another minute and contact us now! 


Throwing away an old mattress may sound like an easy task that doesn’t involve much work, but in reality the job can take a lot of time and effort to complete. We suggest taking the time to do your research about all of the above-mentioned options, so you can pick the one that best suits you. And, at the end of the day, if you don’t feel like disposing of the mattress by yourself, you can always hire a professional rubbish removal company to complete your mattress removal in London for you.

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