With bedbugs on the rise, it’s harder than ever to donate a mattress. But it can often be done if the mattress is clean and bug-free. If not, you may be able to recycle it.
A mattress in great condition — with neither sags, stains nor pests — may find a home in your own circle or community. Check with:
- Family, friends, neighbors and employees.
- Places of worship (yours or others).
- A local homeless shelter, battered women’s shelter or refugee resettlement program.
If you don’t find success with the above or your mattress is in less than stellar condition, but still clean and sanitary, try:
- A local furniture bank.
- Salvation Army — call 1-800-728-7825 to schedule the pick-up.
Mattresses in poor shape can be recycled as long as they are not infested. (Some recyclers may even take mattresses with bedbugs if you take special steps. Call to check.)
- Bed Busters (Bay area)
- Colorado Recycling Services
- Conigliaro Industries (Northeast, commercial only)
- Ohio Mattress Recovery and Recycling
- St. Vincent de Paul (Bay area)
- Nine Lives Mattress Recycling (South Carolina)
- PPL Industries (Minnesota)
- Sleep Country (Washington and Oregon)
To find other local recycling options, visit Earth 911.
If you are buying a new mattress, ask if the vendor will take the old one (many do) — and what it will do with it. If the answer is recycle it, see if you can get the name of the recycler to verify it’s true.
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