Mattress Disposal

Your relationship has lasted well over 15 years, but it’s run it’s course. So you’ve moved on and found the new love of your life. Your unwanted mattress hasn’t though. It’s big. It’s bulky. You’re done with it, but it still takes up so much space in your room and in your life.

While it’s emotionally much easier than breaking up with your boyfriend, unfortunately your old mattress won’t walk itself out of your life. So what to do?

Option 1: Give it to someone

Do you have a friend who needs a mattress for their extended relatives who are coming to stay? Or maybe a friend of a friend is moving out and needs a hand with furniture. Thankfully instances of people losing their homes on a large scale is fairly rare, but there are some charities who collect mattresses to deliver to those who need them. Try getting in touch with organisations like The Generous and The Grateful, or the Salvation Army. If your bed doesn’t have stains and isn’t too worn out, well, as the old saying goes, your unwanted mattress could be another man’s treasure. It might also help to post your mattress on groups like Freecycle, or Buy Nothing, or check social media or community groups for any requests for a helping hand (or mattress).

Option 2: Recycle

If you’re lucky, the bed manufacturer you’re buying your new bed from can offer mattress collection, sometimes for a fee. Otherwise, give these great mattress recycling services a call and see if they can take your mattress and give it new life.

Sometimes these mattress recycling services will be able to reuse mattress components, such as foam padding or steel springs. New appliances or building materials might even be made from the old metal springs. These social enterprises don’t just recycle beds to make the world a better place, they also provide employment opportunities to local Australians. Lowering barriers to employment, preventing illegal dumping, is there anything mattress recycling programs can’t do? How good to know that supporting them means you’re supporting Australian communities!

Option 3: Upcycle

If you are a DIY god, then the things you can use the mattress components for are limited only by your skills and imagination! Alas, I am not one of those people, so you won’t find any helpful tutorials from me. Some ideas though could include using the foam for padding or acoustic panelling for your teenager’s garage band, or even for animal bedding if you have a pupper. If this is the route you choose, I wholeheartedly admire you and wish you all the best!

Option 4:Dispose

If your unwanted mattress sadly isn’t good for anything but landfill, sometimes you just don’t have many choices left even though it’s not ideal from an environmental perspective. There’s a couple of ways you could go about disposing your bed, so don’t just leave it behind some restaurant in their dumpster.

You might be able to take advantage of council collections. The details vary from council to council and is also dependent on what type of property you live in, so you’ll need to check your council website. Unwanted mattresses are common items on the kerbside due to the convenience.


It’s daunting, but your mattress removal woes can be solved. Check around to see if there’s anyone who could use it, or Google your closest mattress recycling service today!

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