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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Getting Rid Of An Old Mattress

No, you can't just abandon it on the sidewalk.

There is going to come a time in your life when you'll need to ditch a mattress. Perhaps you're moving in with someone and no longer need it, or maybe time has run its course and you've upgraded to a new one. Or, IDK, maybe you had an unfortunate blood spill all over your current mattress and you need to get rid of it ASAP. Whatever it is, I'm here to tell you that you can't just toss a mattress on the street all willy nilly and call it a day.

To save you some time, I compiled my findings into a quick guide that will hopefully give you an option that best fits your lifestyle.

And here it is...

1. Donate it! There are lots of great organizations that will happily accept used mattresses and boxsprings (just make sure to call ahead to ensure that location can take them in).

2. Recycle it! Eighty-five to ninety-five percent of a mattress is recyclable, and there are resources you can use to find a local recycling center.

3. Pay someone to pick it up for you.

4. Properly throw it away by bagging it, making appropriate appointments and leaving it on the sidewalk, or taking it to a local dump.

If all that fails, I guess you can always just get more mattresses and do this:

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