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How to Get Rid of a Mattress in Portland, OR (5 Local Options)
Current state of mattress disposal in Portland
Portland is one of the easier places in the country to get rid of a mattress if you are able to find all the options at your disposal. We have gathered together 5 local options for getting rid of a mattress in Portland and the surrounding areas. These options include drop off facilities, donation centers and pick up services.
When you purchase a mattress it never really crosses your mind that someday you will have to find a way to dispose of it. With the rise of online mattress sales, it is becoming more and more of a problem for consumers to find ways to get rid of their old mattresses after purchasing a new one. Due to their size and inability to break down in the landfill, mattresses are some of the hardest items to dispose of. Luckily, if you are trying to get rid of a mattress or box spring in the Portland area we have put together a list of local options that you can utilize.
Option #1: A Bedder World Mattress Recycling – Curbside Pick Up Service
A Bedder World will come to your home and pick up your old mattress and/or box spring. You can easily book and pay for a pick up online, then put your items outside and they will come by and grab them.
A Bedder World began as a small mattress recycling operation in Colorado. A couple years ago they expanded into the Portland area and have been helping residents get rid of their old beds responsibly. To date they have recycled over 1 million mattresses and box springs and have saved over 26 million sq.ft. of landfill space across the United States. Book your mattress pick up here.
- Now Serving the entire state of Portland!
- Lake Oswego.
- West Linn.
- Oregon City.
- and many more…
- 20%-30% Less than major junk companies.
- Over 1 million mattresses recycled.
Items they pick up:
- Box Springs
- Bed Frames
Option #2: Recology Zero Waste Centers of Portland (DROP OFF)
Rate – Approx $35 disposal fee.
You can drop off furniture, trash and bulky items at one of 2 Recology locations for a small fee ($35 minimum). This is a great option if you have a large load of trash items and the ability to transport them yourself. Recology Oregon manages the Metro Central Transfer Station, one of two public facilities owned by Metro, the regional government for the greater Portland area.
DROP OFF OPTION #1 – Metro South Transfer Station Operated by Recology Oregon Recovery
- 6161 Northwest 61st Avenue
- Portland, OR 97210
- (503) 226-6161
DROP OFF OPTION #2 – Suttle Road Material Recovery Facility
- 4044 North Suttle Road
- Portland, OR 97217
- (503) 285-8777
Option #3: Community Warehouse DROP-OFF Locations – (Must have NO stains, tears or pet hair)
The community warehouse is the Portland area’s local furniture bank. They take donations of furniutre and mattresses specifically ONLY that are in clean condition. Their whole mission is to re-home furniture items it to those in need, so they are unable to accept items that aren’t in usable condition. If your mattress is in usable condition then this could be a great FREE option for you to get rid of your mattress at.
2 DROP OFF LOCATIONS : Check out their website
Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm
Option #4: Giveaway or Sell on Craigslist
If your mattress is in decent condition, it is very probable that someone may want to use it. Believe it or not there are actually a lot of people who benefit greatly from saving a buck and purchasing a used mattress. PRO TIP: Make sure to take nice pictures and highlight the fact that your mattress DOES NOT have any stains and DOES NOT have bed bugs. This will put potential buyers minds at ease and increase the chances that someone will take it off your hands for you.
Option #5: DIY Mattress Recycling Project
If you are a DIY and like taking on projects why not recycle your mattress yourself. This could be a great way to teach your kids about being resourceful or just a fun way to save some money and the environment. By recycling your mattress you can save on average 26sq.ft. of landfill space. We have a great step-by-step blog post on how to break down and recycle your own mattress. Along with another post on how to recycle your box spring yourself. To do this all you need is an exacto knife and some space (things may get messy). Simply cut around the edges of the mattress until you can take off the cover. Inside you will find foam and metal springs. Separate the foam and metal. You can actually bring the metal springs to the scrap yard and they will pay you for them. As for the foam you can shred it up and use it in dog beds, to fill pillows, or you can find a local carpet manufacturer who may pay you for the foam.
If you are looking for more ideas on how to recycle your mattress, you can checkout this mattress recycling guide by Sleepopolis. Overall, when it comes to getting rid of a mattress in the Portland area, you do have quite a few options at your disposal. If you have any questions or need any help disposing of your old mattress feel free to contact us or leave a comment below and we would be happy to lend a hand in helping you find a resource. Just please don’t dump it on the side of the road or leave it in someones dumpster. Ultimately, that becomes somebody else’s problem to dispose of and it will generally cost them money out of pocket to do so.