Buying a new mattress is a great feeling. There’s nothing better than a new bed that keeps you comfy and helps you sleep well all night long. But what do you do with your old mattress? Sure, you could take it to the dump or wait for your garbage company’s large item pickup day, but why waste something full of valuable materials by sending it to the landfill?
Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. It’s a time to give thanks for all the Earth does for us and to focus on what we can do to help the environment and make the Earth an even better place than it already is. This year, as part of the celebration, the team at A Goodnight Sleepstore has come up with some tips for how you can celebrate earth day now and all year long by recycling your mattress instead of throwing it away!
1. Check to see if your mattress is under warranty.
Some mattress companies offer a buyback program if the product is still under warranty. They will purchase your old mattress from you and recycle the materials!
2. List it online.
Sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are great resources for selling old or used items you don’t want or need anymore. After all, why get rid of something if it can be useful to someone else right? List your old mattress for free or at a discounted price and somebody is sure to pick it up in no time.
3. Donate it.
Call around to local thrift stores, like Goodwill or The Salvation Army, to see if they accept mattresses. This is another great way to take an item you no longer have use for and make sure it goes to someone who needs it.
4. Contact local shelters and churches.
Both of these types of organizations tend to donate supplies to the homeless and others in need. Call around to a church or shelter in your area – they may even be willing to come pick your old mattress up!
5. Get in touch with your local recycling center.
Many recycling programs offer bulk waste collection where they will come to your home and pick the item in question up. You should call them to ask though, as not every program accepts mattresses.
6. Check online for mattress disposal companies.
There are businesses all across the United States that will come to your home and pick up mattresses, and sometimes other items, to recycle them for you. 1-800-GOT-JUNK has a tool you can use to find a local mattress recycler. Or you can check Earth911 to find a list of mattress recyclers in your area.
7. Donate your old mattress to an animal shelter.
Human societies and other animal rescues are almost always in need of supplies, and your old mattress could provide a comfy place to sleep for a dog or cat who hasn’t had a bed in far too long!
8. Upcycle it with a DIY project.
There are tons of ways you can reuse your old mattress or some of its components to make a cool DIY craft. You can use the springs as planters in your garden, use the frame to make a compost bin, or upcycle the foam padding into a bed for your dog or cat.
Once you’ve recycled your old mattress, and it’s time to upgrade to something more comfortable, stop into A Goodnight Sleepstore. With multiple locations throughout North Carolina and a variety of brands and types of mattresses to choose from, there’s no place better to find the perfect mattress for you.