Mattress Recycling

Mattresses can be brought to the Middletown Recycling Center (PDF) for disposal and recycling.   

Mattresses that contain normal wear (no bed bugs, no mildew) can be placed in the Mattress Recycling Container for recycling.  There is no charge for this service.  Mattresses are recycled with the Mattress Recycling Council.   

Mattresses that contain bed bugs must be wrapped in plastic and disposed as bulky waste for a charge.  

Mattresses can also be placed at the curb for curbside bulk waste pick up ($75/pick up).  

For more specific information on mattress disposal contact DPW at 860-638-4850. 

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Check out more ways to recycle your mattresses below. 

5 Ways to Properly Dispose of Your Old Mattress 

Even the best mattress isn’t designed to last forever.

Eventually, the bed that you love will start to suffer from dipsand bumps that make it practically impossible to sleep on. When that happens,it’s time to look for a new mattress or suffer from a terrible night’s sleep.Unfortunately, while finding a new mattress is easy enough, figuring out how toget rid of your old one safely isn’t always as simple.

The last thing you want to do is be left with a huge mattresstaking up space in your home because you don’t know how to get rid of it.Fortunately, we’ve got five ways that you can properly dispose of your oldmattress without getting into any trouble. 

1.    Sell It - If your old mattress has only had a tiny amount of wear, butyou’re getting rid of it because you’re upgrading or because you no longer needa guest bed, then selling it could be the best option. You may need to pay tohave the mattress professionally cleaned before anyone will look twice at itwhen you list it on eBay. Usually, mattresses can be cleaned by companies that offer floor and carpet cleaning services. Find the right one, and youmight be able to recoup a little bit of money that you can put towards your newmattress this way.

2.    Give it to A Friend - If your mattress has seen some better days, but it’s still inreasonably good condition, you could consider offering it to a friend that hasfallen on some hard times. If your friend needs a mattress desperately andyours is still in good condition, then let them know that it’s there for themto take if they like. Most of the time, people will reject a second-handmattress and work out their own bedding situation. However, you might find theoccasional friend who is willing to take that old mattress off your hands.

3.    Donate it to Charity - Speaking of people who have fallen on hard times, if your friendsdon’t want to take your old mattress from you, there are places out there thatwill definitely have it instead. Many charities sell beds to make extracash for their causes. Additionally, you could also look into organizationsthat create homeless shelters, as they’re always on the hunt for extra beddingsand mattresses that they can use. Just make sure that it’s clean and in goodcondition. Gifts of Love is a company in Connecticut that may consider taking yourmattress.

4.    Get it Recycled - If your bed isn’t in good enough condition to be passed on toanyone else, then the best thing you can do for the environment is to have it recycled. The Middletown Recycling Center does recycle mattresses with normal wear (no bed bugs, no mildew).   If you don't live in Middletown, check with your town's recyclingcenter to find out what their policies are regarding mattresses. Connecticuthas a program called “Bye Bye Mattress” which acceptsmattresses to recycling centers at no extra charge.

5.    Have it Taken for Disposal - Finally, if there are no other options available, then you canalways pay for a professional to remove your mattress for you and have itdisposed of responsibly. You might even find that the company you’re buyingyour new mattress from is willing to do this in exchange for a small fee. Justbe sure that whoever you pay to take your mattress away knows the local rules and regulations when it comes to getting rid of big furniture items like amattress. Most removal companies will attempt to give your mattress away to acharity or recycle it before they take it to a landfill. 

 See more ways on how to disposeof your old mattress.

 Prepared by: Emma Carter, emma@sleepreport.co