How to Recycle or Repurpose Your Old Mattresses and Toppers?

Written by Zulekha Nishad

Last Updated June 6, 2024

Did you know that approximately 20 million mattresses are disposed of by Americans every year, and a majority of them end up in landfills or incinerators?

Over time mattresses and mattress toppers may get worn out and can become uncomfortable and unhealthy.

So, if you're planning to upgrade your mattress or toppers to a better option or the one you own now is just worn out, it's always good to have options on recycling or disposing of them the right way.

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If you're not sure how to recycle or dispose of your old mattresses and toppers, we've shared some ways that are good for the environment and great for your wallet. Keep reading!

Why Recycle Your Old Mattress?

Landfills are overflowing, and there is only a limited amount of trash they can hold.

So, when the old landfills become full, we have to make new ones by encroaching on animal habitats and exploiting the space that could be used for millions of other things for many decades to come.

When you simply dump a mattress, it can take up pretty much more than their fair share of space in landfills, with each bed occupying around 20 to 60 cubic feet.

Not all mattresses are biodegradable, so they spend decades taking up space. And the chemicals in some materials can leach out into the soil and groundwater. That's why we recommend you buy biodegradable organic mattresses and toppers.

Recycling your old mattresses and reusing their components to make new products is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help existing landfills last longer.

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As a responsible citizen, you should know how to make smarter mattress purchase and recycling decisions that can positively impact your health and the environment.

Green Ways to Recycle or Repurpose Your Mattresses and Toppers

Use your old mattress to create a beautiful bed for your cat

  • Drop your mattress or toppers at a recycling center.
  • Add a topper to an old uncomfortable mattress and increase its lifespan.
  • Create beds for your dog or cat.
  • Substitute them for a trampoline or a jumping corner.
  • Use it in your guest room.
  • You can cut your old mattresses or toppers into small pieces, stuff them into zippered covers and use them as pillows. At Turmerry, we have zippered pillow covers in sateen and heavy-duty.
  • Use it as a bean bag stuffing alternative.
  • Create lumbar support for chairs and vehicles.
  • Use it as an outdoor daybed or cushioning for your garden bench.
  • Make a cushion topper for your footrest.
  • Give it to a friend or family member.

As you can see, there are so many reasons to keep your old mattress. You should never think about throwing it away without making sure that you've exhausted all of your options when it comes to repurposing or recycling. If you don't want to recycle, donating is another option.

Donate Your Mattress

If you are planning to buy a new mattress, you can donate the old one to relatives, friends, or even charities that accept used mattresses.

But, before you consider donating, make sure that your old mattress is in good condition. It will likely have some minor wear and tear, but local charities and non-government organizations may not accept it if it has any major defects.

You can donate your mattress to charity organizations such as:

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an organization that accepts used mattresses in good condition and has minimal damage/ tears. You will also get the added advantage of claiming your donation as a deduction on your income taxes.

Habitat for Humanity International

It is a non-profit organization that aims to provide sustainable and affordable living for people in need. They accept different types of household furnishings, including used mattresses.

If you're looking to donate through this organization, just reach out to their closest "ReStore" branch. You can check their pick-up services availability or drop your donation off in person.

Furniture Bank Association of America

This leading social service agency provides low-income families with home furnishings such as mattresses, beds, tables, and more at little to no cost.

They have over 80 donation centers in the U.S., making it easier for you to drop your old mattress off yourself in person.

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You can also donate your mattress to pet rescue centers, churches, or family shelters. Although it might be quite tempting for you to dump your old mattress, there are so many sensible things that you can do with it.

Perhaps, the key takeaway of this article is that you shouldn't be tossing them into the landfills. By donating or recycling your old mattresses and toppers, you are doing a great job protecting the earth.

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Disclaimer: What is said in this article has been referenced from multiple sources and is intended only for educational and informational purposes. Please note that no content in this article is a substitute for professional advice from a qualified doctor or healthcare provider. Always consult an experienced doctor with any concerns you may have regarding a health condition or treatment, and never disregard any medical suggestions or delay in seeking treatment because of something you read here.