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Mattress Removal Cost

The average cost of removing a mattress is around $64.

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Cost factors
Removal
Disposal
Recycle
Donation
Labor
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to remove a mattress?

Buying a new mattress is exciting until you realize that you must remove your old one to make room. There is no one disposal method that is right for everyone, but this guide can steer you in the right direction.

The average consumer will pay around $64 to dispose of one or two mattresses and up to one ton of waste in a landfill.

Cost factors

Your mattress removal cost will depend on the size you have, as well as the number of mattresses or other items you are disposing of. For example, it will generally cost more to dispose of a king-sized mattress than it would a twin. Expect to pay around $10 to have a retailer haul off a twin mattress, as opposed to about $25 for a king. You will also pay more if you are replacing all of the mattresses in your home and have several old ones to get rid of. When using a junk removal service, you can also pay for hauling off other unwanted items.

Removal

When scheduling mattress removal, you’ll need to unmake your bed and move any other objects that prevent workers from having full access to your room. You should also ensure there is a clear path from your bedroom to the front door.

Some removal companies perform same-day mattress removal, while others require a day or two notice. It will all depend on the company and what their work schedule is. Junk removal services may also take longer because they may visit your home one time to provide an estimate and then schedule the work for a later date.

Mattress removal typically takes very little time. Workers will pick up your old mattress and place it on the truck, usually without having to disassemble your bed in the process. But the project could take longer if movers have to go up and down stairs in the process.

Disposal

You have many options when it comes to mattress disposal. We’ve listed some of the most common ones, as well as the pros and cons of each one below.

MethodProsCons

Curbside pickup

$0 to $16

Just haul the mattress to the curb and you are done

Not all municipalities accept large items such as mattresses

You will need to haul your mattress to the curb yourself

Large items may cost extra

Your mattress may have to sit on the curb a few days

Recycle

$3 to $16 per mattress

You’ll remain compliant with recycling statutes

Reduces landfill waste

Finding a place to recycle your mattress is sometimes difficult

You may have to break down your mattress first

Have your mattress retailer haul it away

$10 to $25 per mattress or box spring
A quick and easy option that allows for perfect timing

Most retailers will charge an additional fee for this service

You must request mattress removal at purchase time

Landfill disposal

Costs between $48 and $80 to dump one ton of waste

Some locations offer free or low-cost landfill permits

Ensures you comply with environmental laws

You will have to haul your mattress and then offload it

You could need to rent or borrow a truck

Some landfills do not accept mattresses

Junk removal service

$70 to $130 for a 10 square foot load

You can dispose of one mattress or multiple ones

Many services are committed to recycling.

This option is not suitable for only a single mattress

Same-day pickup is unlikely

Dumpster rental

$80 to $300 for a 10 cubic yard dumpster
You can get rid of other junk items at the same time

A dumpster can take up a lot of room in your yard or driveway

This solution is not practical unless you can fill a container

A homeowner’s association may prohibit dumpsters

The price includes dumping the dumpster in a landfill


Recycle

If you live in California, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, you are required by law to recycle your mattress. To ensure compliance, the Mattress Recycling Council has developed a program known as “Bye Bye Mattress.” Contact this agency to find a recycling center near you. Earth 911 also offers a recycling locator, or you could also list your item on community sites such as Freecycle or Craigslist.

Recycling is not necessarily a free option. Some recycling centers charge anywhere from $3 to $16 per mattress for dropping them off. In states where recycling is mandatory, the retailer may charge you a fee for this up front. This fee is anywhere from $9 to $16.

Donation

If your mattress is still in good condition, you may want to consider donating it. Keep in mind that only mattresses that are clean and free of defects can be donated. So if yours has seen better days, this won’t be an option. On the other hand, you could easily find a friend or relative who would be happy to get a gently-used mattress without any spots or stains on it.

Some non-profit groups accept used mattresses in good condition, either for resale at thrift stores or to give those less fortunate. Many organizations will even pick up mattresses and other large donation items such as furniture. Visit Donation Town to find non-profit organizations that might be willing to accept your mattress. You can also call agencies such as the Salvation Army, the National Furniture Bank Association, or Habitat for Humanity directly. Some domestic violence or homeless shelters might also accept mattresses, either for use in their facilities or to help residents in setting up their own housekeeping.

Animal shelters may accept used mattresses as pet bedding. This is one option for getting rid of a worn mattress with stains or tears. While the condition of the mattress is not normally an issue, you should nonetheless ensure it does not have fleas or bedbugs.

Not all groups have the same requirements when it comes to used mattresses. As such, you should always make sure yours meets an organization’s criteria before dropping it off. Do not try to pass off a worn mattress as new, and do not try to donate one you are no longer willing to sleep on yourself.

Labor

Mattress removal may seem like an easy task. However, if you have ever tried to move an old mattress, you know this is not necessarily the case. While it is possible for only one person to move a mattress, it’s much easier to do if you have two people. So unless you have a helper around, you are stuck trying to do it by yourself. The job can be made even harder if you live in an upstairs apartment and need to take your old mattress down one or more flights of stairs.

Fortunately, mattress removal specialists can remove your old model (and its box spring) in less than 30 minutes. They’ll handle it safely so you do not have to worry about throwing your back out in the process. The labor rate depends on disposal fees in your area and the cost of gas to get the mattress from your location to its disposal point. So the minimum price of $10 for professional mattress removal could be as high as $20 if your area imposes a hefty landfill fee or gas prices are above the national average.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If your mattress has bed bugs, it’s important to take precautions during disposal. Wrap your mattress tightly in plastic and seal it with duct tape. This will ensure bed bugs do not get into other areas of your home while you are carrying it outside. You’ll also want to mark the mattress as having bed bugs so that no one else snatches it up. The supplies to seal and mark a mattress should cost you between $10 and $20.
  • Removal services should not take your bed frame along with the mattress unless you specifically ask them to do so. Junk removal services take into account the cost of landfill permits and dump fees when calculating rates. As such, you should not pay anything extra above what you were quoted.
  • If your area offers free landfill permits, collection points, or curbside pickup, you can easily perform mattress removal yourself. However, you should not dump your mattress alongside the road or in a wooded area. Illegal dumping can result in fines of up to $500.
  • You may also wish to reuse all or some of the mattress so there is less of it to get rid of. For example, you could use the fabric as weed block or the cotton padding to fill pillows or stuffed animals. You could also create custom cushions for a kitchen chair from various sections of memory foam. Wood pieces can come in handy for scrap projects around the house. Scoop out all the innards from your mattress or box spring, leaving only the frame which you can fill with yard clippings to create your own compost 1 heap. Steel springs can usually be sold at scrap metal yards, or you may also repurpose them.
  • Burning a mattress can produce toxic gases and is therefore unsafe for the environment. It will also leave behind metal springs that will still need to be disposed of.
  • Alternatives to the methods already mentioned are to drop the mattress off at a designated spot for your city’s “clean-up days” or throw it into your apartment’s resident dumpster.

FAQ

  • How much does mattress removal cost?

A mattress retailer will charge you between $10 and $25 to remove an old mattress. This includes the price of disposal.

  • Can you throw away a mattress in a dumpster?

Unless you own the dumpster, have permission to use it, or have paid to rent it, the answer is no. You could be charged with illegal dumping if you place a mattress in someone else’s dumpster, and assessed a fine of up to $500.

  • Does the Salvation Army take mattresses?

Where permitted by law, the Salvation Army will normally take mattresses that are still in serviceable condition. For particulars, please contact your local Salvation Army Chapter.

  • How do you dispose of mattresses?

When it comes to mattress disposal, you have several options, including recycling, charitable donation, landfill disposal, curbside pickup, or using a junk removal service.

  • Does Casper remove old mattresses?

If you live in one of Casper’s in-home delivery and set-up markets, they will remove your old mattress at the time your new one is delivered.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Arlington, VA
+38%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Carmichael, CA
+6%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Chanhassen, MN
+8%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Eugene, OR
-11%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Irving, TX
+10%
Lakeville, MN
+16%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lincoln, NE
-13%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palatine, IL
+36%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Portland, OR
+11%
Pottstown, PA
+8%
Providence, RI
+13%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Riverside, CA
+13%
Rochester, NY
+6%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Simi Valley, CA
+1%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Tampa, FL
-2%
Ventura, CA
-1%
Washington, DC
+23%
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