When you’ve decided to take the plunge and replace your mattress, your excitement may be tempered by the fact that getting a new one means you have to figure out what to do with the old one. A mattress is too bulky to put out with the regular trash, and it may not be immediately obvious how to get rid of it safely. Too many mattresses end up dumped on the side of the road because their owners didn’t bother to find out the right way to dispose of them. Fortunately, there are several options for responsibly saying farewell to your old mattress. Here are some to consider:

Sell/Give Away/Donate It: If your old mattress is nearly new and in good condition, it might be possible to sell it, give it away, or donate it. You can try listing it on local sites like craigslist (to sell) or freecycle.org (to give away) if you want to give it a shot, or you might be able to find a local charity willing to take it. Be realistic, though. Many people are leery of accepting used mattresses for fear of bedbugs, and many national charities such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army will not accept donations of mattresses for resale. If your mattress is not in top condition, you’ll probably want to consider a different option for getting it out of your life.

Recycle It: In the 21st century, we’re all becoming more aware of the need to take care of our environment. Mattresses can be a tricky proposition for recycling, because they use so many different types of material in their construction. However, recovering those materials for reuse can be well worth it. Your opportunities for recycling an old mattress depend on what state you live in. For example, in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, the Bye Bye Mattress program diverts mattresses from landfills; residents of those states can find their nearest recycling facility by checking the program’s website. Earth 911 is another site you can consult to find mattress recycling options. A little internet research can help you find out if there’s a mattress recycling service in your area.

Have It Hauled Away: If your mattress is too bulky for you to take somewhere, there are services that will come to you. First you should check to see what your local trash service’s policy is on disposing of bulky items. Cities may require you to arrange a specific pickup of large items, or they may have certain days when residents are permitted to put a limited number of bulky items on the curb. If getting your mattress to the curb is not possible, or if you need to get rid of it right away, a local junk hauling company is your best bet. Although you’ll pay a fee for the convenience of someone else doing the lifting and carrying, the charge is usually pretty modest—call around for the best estimate.

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