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How and Where to Get Rid of Your Mattress

Here are the best ways to resell, recycle, donate or dump your old mattress in every state.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

So you want to get rid of your old mattress and are not sure the best way to go about it? Each state has its own quirks when it comes to ditching your mattress. Figuring it all out can take some serious research. The good news is, we did the hard work for you, whether you want to resell, recycle, donate or dump your old bed. But before you decide, let’s consider the options:

Resell: Want to make some extra money by reselling your old mattress? Regardless of where you live, you shouldn’t have a problem selling it in a yard sale or on an online marketplace through sites like Facebook or Craigslist. But, if your mattress is stained or noticeably lumpy, you’ll probably not have any takers. You’re not required to, but if your mattress is in good enough shape to sell, it would be nice for you to have your mattress professionally cleaned first. However, if you’re a retailer and you want to sell a used mattress, you have legal hoops to jump through. Check with your state or local health department for details. 

Donate: If you don’t want to hassle with selling your old mattress, you can donate it. But, don’t assume that any charity will welcome your mattress. Some are wary of taking mattresses due to health laws that require them to sanitize mattresses before they can resell them. For example, Goodwill does not accept mattresses, but the Salvation Army will. You can also contact local furniture banks, homeless shelters, or Habitat for Humanity. As with reselling your mattress, if it’s stained and saggy, it’s probably not good enough for donating for reuse, either. 

Dump: If you are getting rid of your old mattress because you bought a new one, ask the company from which you bought your new mattress whether they will remove your old mattress. In some states, like California, retailers are required by law to offer to remove your old mattress for free (which they are required to recycle, if possible). If not, most residential solid waste services will pick up your old mattress curbside or allow you to schedule curbside pickup. What you don’t want to do is dump your old mattress randomly on the street, in an alley, in a dumpster, or any property that is not your home or a permitted waste removal facility, because it’s illegal, and you may face steep fines and possible incarceration. 

Recycle: Be kind to Mother Earth, and consider recycling your mattress instead of dumping it, where it’ll add to all the waste already taking up space in landfills and encroaching on animal habitats. Recycling reduces your carbon footprint, too. Depending upon where you live, you can contact a local recycling center to arrange for pickup or delivery of your mattress. Many recycling centers and landfills contract with junk haulers (like Mattress Disposal Plus, which you can contact directly as well) who can determine whether your mattress can be recycled and/or if there is a recycling facility nearby. If you live in a smaller city or rural community, you may not have the option to recycle. To find out if there is a mattress recycling center near you, check out Earth 911.

If your mattress can be recycled, you will  likely pay a fee for breaking it down to materials that can be recycled, such as steel, wool, and cotton. If you want to avoid that fee, you can break down your mattress and boxspring yourself by following the steps provided by Budget Dumpster

Three states — California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island — have laws that allow residents to recycle their mattresses for free.

What’s Allowed in My State?

Alabama

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes. 

Alaska

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations. 
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Arizona

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Arkansas

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

California

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Colorado

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Connecticut

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Delaware

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Florida

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Georgia

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Hawaii

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Idaho

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes. 

Illinois

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Indiana

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Iowa

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Kansas

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Kentucky

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Louisiana

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Maine

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Maryland

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Massachusetts

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Michigan

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Minnesota

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Mississippi

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Missouri

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Montana

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Nebraska

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Nevada

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

New Hampshire

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

New Jersey

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

New Mexico

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

New York

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

North Carolina

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

North Dakota

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Ohio

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Oklahoma

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Oregon

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Pennsylvania        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Junk Junction LLC for pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Rhode Island        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Junk Junction LLC for pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

South Carolina        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

South Dakota        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Tennessee  

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.      

Texas        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress?  Yes. 

Utah        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Vermont        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Yes, for a fee at CSWD or schedule pickup at 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Virginia        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

Washington        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.

West Virginia

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.     

Wisconsin        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Yes, check listing at BuyBuyMattress.com
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes.  

Wyoming        

  • Can I donate my mattress? Yes, Salvation Army and other locations.
  • Can I take my mattress to the dump/landfill? Check with landfills in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I recycle my mattress? Check with recycling centers in your community or contact Mattress Disposal Plus to schedule pickup.
  • Can I resell my mattress? Yes. 

Final Thoughts

When it comes to getting rid of your old mattress, you have options. If you are replacing your old mattress with a new one, the most convenient option is to ask if the company will remove your old mattress when they deliver the new one. If not, consider reselling or donating your mattress. If your mattress is stained and saggy, it’s probably best to dump it, however it’s more eco-friendly to recycle it if you have that option in your community.


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