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How to Get Rid of a Mattress in Los Angeles (7 Local Options)

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In this post we will cover 7 local options for getting rid of an old mattress in the Los Angeles and surrounding area. Figuring out how to get rid of a mattress in Los Angeles can be a frustrating endeavor, but we have compiled a list of options for you to choose from in order to help make the process easier.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mattresses are large items that don’t compress and take up valuable space in garbage dumps. Many landfills across the nation are no longer accepting mattresses and most donation centers in Los Angeles no longer accept them.


Recycling is a great way to get rid of your mattress and help to keep your large, bulky item out of the landfill.  Luckily, L.A. has recycling centers that will tear your old mattress apart and use the materials to make such things as carpeting underlayment, sewer grates, wood pellets, and other useful things.  Some companies will also pick up your mattress from your home.

Option #1: A Bedder World Mattress Recycling (Los Angeles) – Curbside Pick Up Service

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A Bedder World offers mattress pickups 6 days a week and covers the entire City of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. You can easily book online, pay with a credit card and choose your pick up day. The team will drop by and grab your items and responsibly dispose of them. A Bedder World recycles, donates, repurposes, or responsibly disposes of every mattress they pick up. They have been in business for over 10 years and have been servicing the Bay area for the last 5 years. To date they have recycled over 1,000,000 mattresses nationwide and have saved over 26,000,000 cubic feet of space in our nation’s landfills. Some areas of Los Angeles have laws about putting items outside on the curb, so A Bedder World will pick up mattresses from your porch, alley, garage, etc… in order to accommodate.

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Option #2: Drop off at a Local Landfill

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Mattresses are a large item that take up a lot of space in our nation’s landfills.  Mattresses don’t compress, the metal coils get caught up in the wheels of the tractors, and most waste disposal centers are no longer accepting them.  But, there are still a few landfills in the city of Los Angeles that will take them (for a fee).  Call ahead to get pricing and to make sure they are still accepting mattresses:  

Local Landfills in Los Angeles:

1. The Calabasas Landfill

5300 Lost Hills Road

Agoura, CA 91301

818-889-0363

2. The Scholl Canyon Landfill

7721 North Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90041

818-243-9779

Recology is an organization with a focus on zero waste that will pick up bulky furniture items. 2 times per year if you have 5 buildings or less. For buildings with 6 units or more, each unit gets one bulky pick up per year.

Contact:

Address: 501 Tunnel Avenue San Francisco, CA 94134. Phone: 415.330.1400

Requirements:
-Must have an active Recology account
-Must make request for pick up online at: https://www.recology.com/recology-san-
francisco/bulky-items/

How it works:
-place item by curbside or drop off at Recology Transfer Station at 501 Tunnel Ave. Fees may apply.


Important note: Recology sometimes has a long wait on their schedule, so if you are not a client, or want your
mattress picked up sooner, you may be best utilizing another option.


Option #3: City of Los Angeles Bulky Item Collection

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The City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment suggests recycling your mattress or trying to donate it, but if that all fails, they will pick it up with their Bulky Item Collection program.  You can call them at the LASAN Customer Care Center number  1-800-773-2489 and schedule a pickup.  


Option #4: Bye Bye Mattress

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ByeBye Mattress is a directory with a list of mattress recycling centers throughout California that allow for you to drop off mattresses. You can enter your zip code and find the closest drop off location to your house. Some of these options are free, while others may come with a fee. We always recommend calling the drop off facility to make sure they are open and accepting mattresses before making the drive to their location.


Option #5: Donate Your Mattress

Donating your mattress is a great way to get rid of your unwanted mattress and give someone else a chance to get the remaining useful life out of it.  Due to sanitary concerns, and fears of bed bugs, most donation centers are no longer accepting used mattresses.  But if your mattress is less than 5 years old, is free from satins and rips, and doesn’t have any bed bugs, we found one charity that might take it:

Donation center that may take mattresses – Third Way Center of Los Angeles

The following donation centers in L.A. are NOT currently accepting mattresses : Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, Goodwill Southern California, St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mission, L.A. Road Thrift Store, pickupplease.org.

As an alternative, if you know someone who needs a mattress, or are part of an organization with an outreach committee, you may have better luck in placing your mattress.


Option #6: Sell it (Los Angeles Craigslist Page or Facebook Marketplace)

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If your mattress is gently used, is free of rips or stains and doesn’t have bed bugs, you might be able to sell it or give it away on Los Angeles Craigslist Page or FaceBook Marketplace.  New mattresses are quite expensive these days and there are many people who would love to get a deal and a good nights sleep on a decent mattress.  Hint:  When you list your mattress, be sure to take a nice picture (one that is in the bedroom and not standing up against a wall in a garage), and be sure to note that it doesn’t have stains, rips, or bed bugs.  Good Luck!

SELLING TIPS: Be sure to take nice pictures. Let customers know how old your mattress is and that the mattress is bed bug free, stain free, etc…


Option #7: DIY – Do it Yourself Mattress Recycling

If you have some space, and a few simple tools, you can tear apart your mattress yourself.  The basic components are fabric, foam, steel and wood.  If you live in a large city you might find a carpet factory or a carpeting warehouse who will take the foam.  They remanufacture it and use it in carpeting underlayment.  Wood pellet manufacturers for wood stoves will often take the boxspring wood.  If you live near a textile industry, they will take the fabric and use it for horse blankets or insulation.  There are many places that will take the steel.  Our blog post has a step by step guide to help you with the process.  


We hope this list of options helps you to find a way to get rid of your old mattress. Good luck and if you have any questions, we are always happy to offer advice on any of the suggestions above.

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