If you have an old mattress that you want to get rid of, you might be wondering “How to dispose of your old mattress?”
In recent years, many mattress retailers have established mattress recycling programs. These programs often include pick-up and disposal of your old mattress when you buy a new one from them.
They typically aim to recycle or properly dispose of the old mattress components in an environmentally friendly way.
Do Dreams take away your old mattress?
Yes, Dreams will take away your old mattress as part of their “Recycling Service”. They will pick up your old mattress right from your doorstep when they deliver your brand-new one.
However, you need to have purchased a new mattress from their store or online in order to qualify for this service.
Subsequently, your old mattress is channeled into their dedicated bed and mattress recycling centre for eco-friendly processing.
Under Dreams’ Recycling Service, they can take also away other items such as: bed frames, divan bases, kid’s beds, sofa beds, TV beds, and headboards.
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How much does Dreams charge to take away your old mattress?
Dreams does charge a fee for their mattress recycling service. The exact fee will depend on the size of the mattress.
For example: single size is £20, double size is £50, and for king and super king size mattresses the fee is £55.
There are a number of other mattress brands that also offer mattress recycling for a fee. Here are some examples:
What do Dreams do with returned mattresses?
Once Dreams takes away your old mattress, they will take it to a recycling plant where they will disassemble your old mattress. During this process, its diverse components are meticulously separated and compacted into sizable bales, optimising efficiency during transportation to various recycling facilities.
The metal springs are send to a metal recycling plant, undergoing a transformation through the melting process to give rise to fresh light iron products.
Meanwhile, the polyester padding finds a new purpose within the fiber blending industry, contributing to a range of applications, including serving as fillings in pet cushions.
As for the foam from your mattress, it has a dual fate – it’s either directed to a waste-to-energy plant to generate power from waste or subjected to cleaning for its conversion into carpet underlay material.
When it comes to mattress covers, recycling presents a challenge due to hygiene considerations; hence, they are repurposed as a fuel source, offering a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels and yielding green energy and heat.
Donating an old mattress
If your old mattress is in good condition and still has its fire label attached, you may want to consider donating it to a local charity.
There are several UK charities that accept mattresses, sofa beds, and other furniture items that are in good condition. Some of the charities include: British Heart Foundation, The Salvation Army and others. You’ll need to visit their website for more information on how to book a collection.