Dispose of the old mattress – what options are there?

A mattress usually lasts a few years. With good care, it will even survive an entire decade and enable relaxed sleep. But at some point the signs of use become too big. Holes form and lying down is no longer perceived as pleasant.

If there is then back pain due to the mattress , this is a clear sign that it should be disposed of. But where can you dispose of an old mattress and which option is the least effort?

On the side of the road , you may notice smaller piles of rubbish, which mostly disappeared the next day. This is bulky waste , which is dumped there and collected by the city .

If you have no way of transporting your old mattress , you can dispose of it as bulky waste. To do this, you put the discarded mattress on the side of the road and notify your city or municipality. They will collect the rubbish for a fee. The price is around 20 to 50 euros, depending on the location.

Bulky waste

Check to see if your city or municipality offers free collection of semen.

Some cities and municipalities also offer the option of picking up bulky waste free of charge . There is usually a fixed appointment for this once a month.

Ask your waste disposal company when this date is and whether you can simply put the mattress down. This will be the cheapest and easiest way to dispose of the old mattress. It is also practical that you can put down other old furniture and quickly get rid of the useless stuff.

Be sure to find out what the pick-up time is beforehand and don’t put the rubbish in front of the door until the day of pick-up. Otherwise, this could upset the neighbors and cause trouble with the property manager.


If the date for bulky waste is still a long way off or is too expensive for you, you can dispose of the mattress yourself . Perhaps you have the option to borrow a van or you can roll up the mattress to transport it on the car roof.

Then it is worth going to the recycling center. There you can find your mattress [1]can be disposed of easily and usually free of charge. This service is ensured for the residents of the city, which is why you should bring your ID with you.

This way you can get rid of the old mattress immediately and don’t have to wait for an appointment for the bulky waste. Some recycling centers even offer the option of reusing the mattress . If your mattress is only a bit out of the way but can actually still be used, it could continue to be used. Then a donation could be made to social institutions that certainly still have a use for the mattress and are happy about it.


If you have already ordered a new mattress , the seller could offer you the service of disposing of the old mattress. This offers you the advantage that this burden is relieved of you and you are more likely to decide to buy the new model.

Free take away

When buying a new mattress, dealers often offer the service that you take the old mattress with you.

When the new mattress is delivered, the shipping company will take your old mattress with them. But you should ask beforehand whether the disposal is free. Some dealers charge an additional fee if you want to take the old mattress with you.


Is your mattress a bit remote but still in good shape? Have you already ordered the new mattress because it feels better, but the current mattress can still be used properly?

Then you could do something good and donate your old mattress. Find out more from social institutions such as Caritas [2]or the Red Cross [3]whether they could use a mattress.

Perhaps there are other furniture services or furniture stores that would still be happy about such a mattress?

Before throwing away a mattress that could actually still be used, ask if someone else might be interested in it. There could also be customers in family or friends who could use a free mattress.

This will reduce the amount of garbage that is created and someone else can look forward to a better place to sleep. Donate your old mattress if it is still reasonably tidy and can be used.


Is your old mattress only a few years old and well cared for?

Then it could even be worth some money. Do a proper cleaning job, such as listing it on eBay classifieds. Then you may still earn something from the return of the old mattress.

The practical thing is that you can make out that the buyer takes over the collection. Then you no longer have to worry about transport and you can get rid of the old mattress without any problems.


If your old mattress is still in reasonably good shape and usable, pass it on to family or friends. The sale could also improve the household budget somewhat.

If you do not have the feeling that the mattress can be sold, but it is still well maintained and usable, contact social institutions. They are grateful for every donation and could use your mattress.

Otherwise, you can dispose of it yourself in bulky waste or in a recycling center. The most practical thing is certainly to have the shipping company take you with you when the new mattress is delivered. However, additional costs can arise there.

Depending on the condition of your old mattress, decide how you want to dispose of it.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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