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How to Get Rid of a Mattress in Madison, WI (5 Local Options)


If you live in Madison and are looking for a way to get rid of an old mattress, you have come to the right place. Wisconsin has begun to implement more strict mattress disposal regulations with many donation centers and landfills no longer accepting them.

Luckily, there are still some great mattress disposal options available to residents. In this article we have included 5 local options from a curbside mattress recycling service to donation and drop off options.

5 Ways to Dispose of a Mattress in Madison

Option #1: A Bedder World Mattress Recycling (Madison) – Curbside Pickup


A Bedder World offers curbside mattress removal and recycling services throughout the entire Madison area as well as now the entire state of Wisconsin!

You can easily book and pay for a pick up online 7 days a week (Book a pick up here). Then put your mattress items outside by 8am on the day of pick up and the Bedder World team will come by and grab them and responsibly dispose of them.

To date A Bedder World has recycled over 1 million mattresses and has saved over 26 million sq.ft. of landfill space.

  • Serving the entire Madison area and now the whole state of Wisconsin (Including Milwaukee, Green Bay, Appleton, Eau Claire, Wisonson Dells and everywhere in-between
  • Over 1 million mattresses recycled
  • Easy curbside pick up
  • Book and Pay online with 100% upfront pricing.
  • Residential and Commercial Services

Option #2: Donate to The Road Home

If your mattress is in good condition you may want to consider donating it to an organization that will find people who can use it. The major donation centers like Goodwill, St Vincent De Paul, Habitat for Humanity, etc… DO NOT accept mattresses anymore. But luckily, the Road Home of Dane County does accept mattresses and furniture in good condition. They help homeless families get back on their feet and into a home and the homes are furnished with your donations.


The Road Home partners with Reynolds Transfer & Storage to pick up, store and deliver furniture donations to families in our housing programs who are in need of furniture. If you have furniture that you would like to donate, please fill out the online form.

Option #3: Drop-Off at a Madison City Transfer Station (Landfill)


IMPORTANT: The City on Madison closed its mattress recycling program in 2021. If you drop off your mattress at one of their Drop-Off locations it will go to the landfill.

We always recommend recycling or donating your mattress before sending it to the landfill. Mattresses are hard to compress and break down and take up a lot of unnecessary space. If this is your only option you can drop your mattress off at one of the city drop locations or have them come and pick it up.

402 South Point Rd and 4602 Sycamore Ave sites are open during winter. Winter weather events may cause temporary closures.

Monday7:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday7:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday7:30am – 2:30pm
Friday7:30am – 2:30pm

Option #4: Sell or Giveaway on Madison’s Craigslist or Facebook


If your mattress is in decent shape you may want to consider giving it away or selling it online. There is a large market of people looking to get a lightly used mattress for a discount rather than spending hundreds to thousands on a new one. If you are willing to go the craigslist or facebook route you can almost certainly get rid of a mattress as long as it doesn’t have any sanitary concerns or major issues.

For a successful sale be sure to take nice pictures and ensure potential buyers that it does not have any stains and is bed big free. Happy selling!

Option #5: DIY Mattress Recycling


If you want to save some money and do the environment a favor you can opt to recycle your mattress yourself. This is a small project that includes the physical tearing apart of the mattress followed by the recycling of each material inside (metal and foam). We have a full article here.

To start you will want to tear off the cover and separate the metal and foam materials inside.

You can take the metal to a local scrap metal yard (like All Metal Recycling) where they will likely even give you some cash for it. They will then melt it down and recycle it.

You can take the foam to a local business like a carpet manufacturer where they will use it to make carpet padding. Check craigslist for people looking for used foam and call around and you will be able to find someone who will take it off your hands.

We hope this article helped you to find a way to get rid of your mattress that works with your budget and your specific mattress condition. Madison luckily has quite a few more options available to residents than many other cities across the country have.

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