How to Get Rid of a Mattress
Getting rid of an old mattress can be daunting, simply due to the shear size of it. Many regular garbage pick ups will not pick up large items such as mattresses, so you can’t simply toss it out to the curb. Although getting rid of mattresses requires more work than getting rid of your regular trash, it’s still most definitely possible and not too much of a hassle. Here are 4 different methods:
Make Arrangements with Your New Mattress Dealer
If you are buying a new mattress, and I hope you are or your are going to be sleeping on the floor, then make arrangements with the company from whom you made the new purchase. Most furniture and/or new mattress dealers have “ways” to get rid of those old mattresses. Most will do it for free for they are making money on the mattress sale. Others might charge you $10 or $15 dollars to take it off your hands.
Telephone for Goodwill or Salvation Army Pickup
OK, don’t despair if the mattress seller won’t take your old mattress. You still have options. Call Good Will or the Salvation Army for a donation pick up. As I tell you these tried and true methods, I am assuming your old mattress still has a little bit, however small, of life left in it. Going with this assumption, call one of these agencies and tell them you have a mattress you would like to donate if they can come and pick it up. In these times, the Salvation Army, in particular, is always grateful to obtain a mattress to add to their available beds for those with no place to sleep. So, in the case of the Salvation Army or the Good Will, not only will you be doing a service, but also you will get a tax deduction for a charitable donation if you ask for a receipt. For both Good Will and the Salvation Army, you will need to call ahead because they do “pick-ups” on certain days in certain areas.
Call Additional Charitable Organizations
Now, now, don’t start to cry. Don’t give up. So what if you can’t find a local Salvation Army or Good Will? You still have alternatives. Start by calling local charities such as CASA, Boys and Girls Clubs or other charitable organizations. Look for churches, for they often know of families in need. Tell them you have a “gently used” mattress you want to donate. For almost certain, one of these places will have someone with a pick up who will come and help you load up the mattress. At this point I would be hesitant about asking for a receipt for you don’t want to press your luck. However, if they ask if you would like a receipt, you’d be really silly to turn them down.
Call Your Waste Management Representative
All right, we’ve now exhausted options 1, 2, and 3 and we still have the old mattress. You are about to pull out your hair and you feel as if you are at the end of your rope. Well, I’ve got one final suggestion and I know from experience it works. Call your local trash pick up company. Tell them you have some old furniture you are going to put by the road for pick up. You will be pleasantly surprised to hear you local trash company tell you the date on which they will dispose of your mattress. Now, all you have to do is drag that baby out to the curb and say a fond farewell to it.
I have been around a long time, at least long enough to have had several mattresses. The seller may say the mattress will last you a lifetime, but be assured, if you get 10 years of peaceful sleep on it you will be lucky. Anyhow, over the years I have been in your place and I have personally tried all the methods and I know they all work. Good luck to you.