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Getting Rid Of A Mattress In Philadelphia (6 Local Options)


Are you looking for ways to get rid of an old mattress in the Philadelphia area? We have compiled a list of some local services and resources residents can use to easily and responsibly get rid of an old mattress. From a curbside mattress recycling service to drop off and DIY options.

6 Ways to Dispose of a Mattress in Philadelphia

Option #1: A Bedder World Mattress Recycling – Curbside Pick Up


A Bedder World is one of the most popular mattress removal services in the United States thanks to the fact that the company is solely dedicated to the recycling and disposal of mattresses. They have multiple drivers in the Philly area that have been working for them for years with a great knowledge of the city of Philadelphia.

You can easily book and pay for a curbside pick up online (7 days a week). Then, all you need to do is leave the mattress outside your home, on the curb by 8 AM on the morning of the pickup! 

A Bedder World has recycled over 1 million mattresses to date and services a 50+ mile radius around the city of Philadelphia.

Option #2: Donate Your Mattress


If your mattress is in decent condition you can reach out to some of the local donation centers (Check out this article for Philly Donation centers and what they accept). It is important to note that most donation centers do not accept mattresses and the ones that do are very picky about the mattresses they are able to accept (they must be in great condition). Here are some of the regulations they look for when accepting mattresses:

Mattresses for donation must meet this criteria:

  • Less than 5 years old with manufacturers tag still attached
  • No rips, stains or tears
  • No dips or sagging
  • Sanitized and bagged before dropping off
  • Call first!

Option #3: Drop at Any of The 6 Sanitation Convenience Centers


Although we always recommend recycling or donating your mattress when possible, if you need to bring it to the landfill you can drop it at a sanitation center in Philly. If you are a Philadelphia resident with a valid ID and you have a means for transporting your mattress you can drop it at one of the 6 trash centers around the city. You can only drop bulky waste items once per week and mattresses must be unwrapped to be accepted. Read more regulations below:


Option #4: Sell it on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace


If your mattress is in decent shape without any rips or stains you will likely find someone who will take it off your hands for free or even pay you for it. There are lots of people who would rather buy a lightly used mattress than spend hundreds or thousands on a new one.

Make sure you post nice pictures and assure buyers that it doesn’t have stains or bed bugs. Happy selling!

Option #5: DIY Mattress Recycling


Try your hand at a fun and eco friendly project and recycle your mattress yourself. Simply tear open your bed and separate the metal and foam inside. The metal can be dropped at a local scrap metal facility where they will weigh it and likely pay you a little cash. The foam can be brought to a local carpet manufacturer where they will shred it and use it to make carpet padding (call first to ensure they will accept your foam).

Option #6: Lots of Junk? Try ‘We Love Junk’ 


If you have a lot of junk items you can use a junk removal company to haul it away. We Love Junk was once rated the best local junk removal service in Philadelphia.

This service, which was started in Philadelphia and now has become a locally trusted name, can help you to dispose of all kinds of bulky items from your home.

Note a minimum charge for the We Love Junk service is quite expensive, and then every 3 cubic yards of junk added on adds an extra charge to the service.

Thus, you may not want to depend on the service if all you are getting rid of is a mattress.

To Wrap Up

These are just a few of the ways that you can dispose of an old mattress in Philadelphia, but the most effective and easiest that we have found.

Each of these methods is quick and efficient and will help you to get rid of that mattress that old mattress taking up precious room in your home or garage.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Take A Mattress To My Local Recycling Center?

Generally, most disposal facilities and recycling centers will accept mattresses, but it is best to contact the individual one you are interested in to find out their own policy. 

Does Furniture End up In Landfills?

Unfortunately, yes, furniture does end up in landfills and can take a long time to degrade.

Luckily, there are other ways to dispose of mattresses without simply dumping them! 

How Many Mattresses Go to Landfill? 

Unfortunately, a large number of mattresses in the US do end up in landfills, around 18 million are thrown away each year, and a large number of these end up in landfills.

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