How to recycle a mattress

It’s probably not often you find yourself needing to dispose of a mattress but if you’re upgrading your mattress, or simply treating yourself to a new custom-size bed, you’ll find yourself in that tricky situation.

Some mattress suppliers agree to collect your old mattress when you purchase a new one however, most do not. If you’re needing to dispose of your old mattress quickly and for free in the UK, keep reading.

Can I recycle a mattress?

At least part of all mattresses can and should be recycled in the UK however in 2019, only 19% of mattresses were recycled with the rest going to landfills.

Springs need to be separated from the soft mattress materials for recycling making the process quite specialised and intense.

The best way to ensure your mattress is recycled correctly is to take it to your local recycling centre or pay for it to be collected by a licensed collection company. Whether this is the local council or a specialised mattress removal business, ensure it is mentioned your mattress will be recycled and not just disposed of.

What can mattress materials be recycled into?

Once the springs have been removed from the mattress they are melted down and can be repurposed into any other metal products. Their new purpose can range from machines to construction materials.

Softer mattress components such as foam are separated, cleaned and then used to stuff pillows, furniture or even made into carpet underlay.

Bed that has been cleaned

Best methods for mattress disposal

Recycling your mattress

By recycling your mattress, you are selecting an environmentally friendly way of disposing of an unwanted product. A staggering number of mattresses end up in landfill each year when they could have been reused, recycled or repurposed into something new.

Donating a mattress to charity

Donating your old mattress is a great way to support a charity. Although your mattress will need to be in a usable condition, donating a mattress is a free mattress disposal method that somebody else can also benefit from.

Would the local council take away my old mattress?

Most local councils offer a bulky waste collection and disposal service, including mattresses, for a small fee. It’s best to check your local council’s website for its recycling policy and any associated fee.

If you arrange for the council to collect your mattress, ensure they specify that the mattress will be recycled, otherwise it could just end up at a landfill site.

How long do memory foam mattresses last?

Typically, memory foam mattresses last much longer than regular spring mattresses. Our memory foam mattresses at Custom Size Beds come with a 5-year warranty. For more information about our mattresses, click here. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch with one of our experts!

Close up cross section of premium memory foam mattress

How often should I replace my mattress?

Sleep experts recommend replacing your mattress every five to eight years with a standard mattress lasting anywhere from five to eight years.

If your mattress is eight-plus years old, it could be affecting your quality of sleep, whether that’s through damaged areas or the springs have become noisy. Therefore, it may be worth considering purchasing a new mattress.

Are memory foam mattresses recyclable?

Memory foam mattresses are more widely recyclable due to the elimination of metal springs. This means that the mattress components do not have to be separated before they can undergo the recycling process.

Find out more

If you decide to recycle your old mattress, why not consider buying a new custom mattress? Create your perfect mattress with our Design a mattress tool or get in touch with our team of experts to find out how we can help you have the best night’s sleep going forward.