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Best ways to rid yourself of that old mattress for free!

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Getting rid of a mattress can be a huge pain. You could leave it in the garage or attic to take up space and collect dust. Or you could toss it out to the curb and hope someone will come pick it up. Or even haul it off to the dump yourself. Not very appealing? We don't think so either.

Luckily, there are a few ways you can get rid of an unwanted mattress for free.

When purchasing a new mattress talk to the salesman, many furniture stores will accept your old mattress as part of their recycling program. However, it is likely the mattress will just end up in the landfill instead of being recycled. Beware the word "recycled" salesmen often use it as a synonym for "trash."

Call AZ JUNK to have your mattress scheduled for a same day pickup.

Or see our service pages for more information on what we haul away in Phoenix, Arizona

mattress fill landfillsApproximately 40 million mattresses and box springs get tossed in the landfill every year in the United States. Surprising, isn’t it? Even more surprising, imagine how much space 40 million mattresses take up in our dumps.

Worse still, while sitting there wasting away, tossed out mattresses soak up dangerous chemicals, and create flammable air pockets. Additionally, springs pop off and get stuck in machinery causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Free Ways to Get Rid of a Mattress


One way to get rid of an old mattress instead of filling up our landfills is to try to sell it. Make sure the mattress is clean and stain free. Nobody wants a dirty mattress. After you have made sure it's clean you can try a site such as Craigslist or eBay, even a Facebook yard sale site. You can even go old school and post an ad in the newspaper or include it in a garage sale.


Another way to get rid of an old mattress is to recycle it;  really, recycle it. If it is taken apart over 90% of the mattress can be recycled. Look carefully in your neighborhood and online for a recycling center. Theses places will dismantle the mattress and recycle the individual parts. Once the mattress has been stripped, the wood can be recycled into landscaping material, the foam can be used as padding or insulation, and the metal springs are easily recycled. Everything but the mattress covering can be recycled.


If your mattress is in good shape you may be able to donate it. With all of the sanitary bedding laws in place, many donation centers have stopped accepting mattresses. But with a little research, you can find an organization that will be happy to take it.  If the mattress is free of stains and structural problems a few places will accept them as gently used and will find a new home for them. Some places that accept mattress donations are furniture banks, religious organizations, and homeless shelters.

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