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How to get rid of an old mattress

How to get rid of an old mattress

Although mattresses are often made up of a variety of materials, including metal springs, cotton, hair, foam rubber, and heavy cloth, they can be difficult to recycle due to the fact that they must first be broken down and separated into different waste streams before they can be processed.

According to Oakdene Hollins’ 2019 report, mattresses were disposed of at a cost of £20 million in 2017 as a result of the National Bed Federation’s research. Of the 7.3 million mattresses sold in the UK in 2017, only 1.3 million were recycled, which was 19% of the sales.

Here are some quick tips to help increase the UK mattress recycling rate:

Sell your mattress

Before deciding on the proper course of action in regard to your old mattress, try to sell it first. There may be a person out there who might be able to make use of your old mattress, potentially saving it from the landfill. You can list it on Facebook Marketplace, or you can post it on eBay.

Offer it to friends and family

You may offer to donate your old mattress to a family member or friend if you like the donation option. By checking in with family and friends first, you can extend its shelf-life and avoid having to dispose of it. Before offering to donate your old mattress, make sure that it still works.

Recycling Centres

You may take your mattress to your local recycling centre if it is no longer functional and must be disposed of. Before you go, make sure to check with the nearest recycling centre to see if they accept mattresses. You can find your nearest recycler on the Gov.uk website, here.

Waste Collection

If you have run out of options for transporting your mattress to a recycling centre and you want to hire a ‘Man and Van’ with United Junk, you can book an appointment for a pick-up. You may also load your mattress into our service. With 30 minutes of labour included with the pick-up, this is a fantastic value waste disposal option in addition to being environmentally safe. All of our suppliers are pre-vetted and fully compliant with all environmental regulations.

Donate to charity

Even though mattresses are now considered to be sustainable, not everyone is willing to part with their old mattresses. They can still be donated to charity, or even used for other sustainable purposes. The British Heart Foundation is one of the many charities that accept mattresses. You may also pick up your mattress for free if you donate it to a charity.

Take back schemes

With Extended Producer Responsibility set to become more common, some retailers are now offering take-back schemes for their products. Before deciding to get rid of your mattress, see if your retailer will accept it as part of a new purchase or check out which retailers do this.

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