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How to Get Rid of Your Old Mattress

How to Get Rid of Your Old Mattress
For most college students, a staple of their college years is moving: out of mom & dad’s and into a dorm, then onto a frat or sorority or off-campus housing, then maybe back home with mom and dad...although hopefully not that last one. 

One of the most frustrating parts of moving is figuring out what to do with your mattress. If you aren’t taking it with you or are ready for an upgrade, you can’t leave your old mattress out on the curb and hope the trash truck will grab it — a mattress is too big for ordinary garbage pick-up.

It’s also illegal in many neighborhoods to just toss your mattress into a dumpster, as trash companies have to do extra work to process your mattress before putting it into a landfill.

Luckily, there are some convenient options in Boulder County for college students to donate, recycle, or dispose of your old mattress.

Recycling Your Mattress

If possible, consider recycling your mattress — it can save 65 pounds of material from ending up in a landfill. And it saves use of raw materials, as your recycled mattress will end up being used in new products.

A bonus of mattress recycling is that it’s affordable. And some recycling facilities offer pickup services, too! Some options for recycling your mattress in or near Boulder include:

  • CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials): Located on “Recycling Row” near the Boulder County Recycling Center, this facility will process your mattress starting at just $17.50. You have to drop it off yourself — no pick-up services offered.
  • Spring Back Colorado: Drop your mattress off at their Denver location (cost $20 per piece), or skip the drive and schedule a pickup in the Boulder area at an additional cost of about $45-$55.
  • Bedr World: With locations in Boulder and all along the Front Range, this company will pick up your mattress and recycle it for $75, plus an additional $25 for other bed pieces, such as box springs and bed frames.
  • Mattress Disposal Plus: Similar to Bedr World, but more expensive, coming in at $97 for mattress removal. However, you may be able to get faster service, so check both options if you’re on a timeline.

Most facilities won’t accept mattresses with bedbugs. Additionally, you may want to call ahead to confirm that your exact type of mattress is accepted at a facility before hauling it all the way there.

Donating Your Mattress

You may be surprised to learn that mattress donation is a thing. If your mattress is clean and in good condition, a few donation options include:

Another option is to give away your mattress to an individual. And if it’s in good condition, you might try selling it and making a bit of money. Facebook, Craigslist, and NextDoor are all good options for giving away or selling a mattress.

Disposing of Your Mattress

If you just want your mattress gone, and fast, you can call a one-time trash removal company like College Student Storage’s Hauling Service to come pick up your mattress and dispose of it properly.

We’ll take care of everything, including getting it out of your place, into a truck, and off to the appropriate facility. We can also handle all other bed elements and pretty much anything else you want disposed of.

Our pricing is hourly, so it varies based on location and other factors, but it’s competitive and affordable — contact us for a quote.

Not Ready to Say Goodbye to Your Mattress? Store It with CSS

If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your comfy mattress but need somewhere to store it during summer break or a semester abroad, look no further than College Student Storage.

We work with all the major schools in the Boulder area and beyond, including CU Boulder and Naropa University.

Sign up for CSS mattress disposal or storage services today »