Every mattress comes with a suggested lifespan, but this can vary depending on the way that you slept on it as well as how you care for it. When you feel that your mattress is no longer providing you with the best sleep, then it definitely is time to move on. However, due to its size and composition, it can be confusing as for how it is best to get it out of your life.
If you are getting rid of a mattress because it has been infested with bed bugs, or it is coming from a home that had any kind of insect infestation, you will want to cut into the mattress on both sides. This shows anyone that comes in contact with it that it is not something they want to put to use. Even if you wouldn’t pick a mattress up off the side of the street, there are people that will. You do not want them to deal with the problem that you have been having.
If your bed is still in usable shape and free from insects or bad stains, you may want to try to sell it or give it away from free. You can use social media to inform those in your community of the fact that you are willing to part with it. This is a very expensive item and can be very hard for those with lower incomes to afford. Just be sure to be completely honest about the condition so that they can decide if they want it or not before they travel to your home. There is no reason to waste your time or theirs.
If you do determine that you just want to throw it away, you will want to check with your local municipality to make sure what the rules are. Some will collect larger items like that on the regular garbage day. Others will require that you call for a special pick up for larger items. However, in some areas, it is illegal to have your mattress out for garbage pick up. In that case, you may need to bring it to a special facility that handles items that are not considered to be normal garbage.
You may also want to look into recycling your old bed so that you are putting as little material into your landfill as possible. While it is not readily available in all areas, many parts of the country not only have a recycling option but encourage it. There are some materials that can still be used, especially certain types of bedding. Take a moment to search for this option in your area so that you can know that you are living the greenest life possible.
There are a number of ways that you can get rid of your old mattress. The most important factor is knowing what your options are. Being informed ensures that you have the opportunity to make the best decision depending on your particular situation.