10 free, easy & environmentally-friendly ways to get rid of your old mattress

10 free, easy & environmentally-friendly ways to get rid of your old mattress

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We all know the golden rule of mattress shopping: don’t get rid of your old mattress before your new one arrives. So what happens when your new Memory Foam Warehouse mattress has been delivered and unrolled? Before the urge to chuck your pre-loved mattress into landfill takes hold, consider this...

Mattress facts

In 2016, old mattresses accounted for an estimated 215,000 tonnes of UK landfill waste (Centre for Remanufacturing & Reuse)

1 in 10 people who are in serious debt don’t have a bed (BBC News, 2017)

10 million household items are sent to UK landfill every year, 3 million of which are fit for re-use (Furniture Donation Network)

So what’s the alternative? The 10 charities and organisations listed below provide the chance for your old mattress to live a second life, providing comfort and support to those who need it most – and they all offer free collection.

1. British Heart Foundation

If your old mattress fulfills the requirements, the British Heart Foundation will dispatch a van to come and take it off your hands. Your mattress will be sold in a second-hand store to support the fight against Coronary Heart Disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. Collection is free and can be organised online or over the phone.

Requirements: Mattress must be clean, fit for use, and have a fire label intact Click here for more information

2. Furniture Donation Network

With your donations, The Furniture Donation Network helps previously homeless people furnish their new accommodation. Just fill in the online form, send clear images of your donations and, when approved, arrange a time slot for your free collection. These guys even collect from inside your home, which means you don’t have to tackle the stairs.

Requirements: Mattress must be in very good or excellent condition with a manufacturer fire-safety label intact referring to fire safety standard BS7177

3. British Red Cross

British Red Cross collects old mattresses to resell in its second-hand furniture and electrical stores, which are dotted across the UK. Items sold raise money to help people in crisis, both in the UK and abroad, with recent efforts including the Grenfell Tower disaster. Contact your local Red Cross second-hand furniture and electrical shop to find out if free collection is available in your area.

Requirements: Mattress must have a manufacturer label stating ‘Carelessness causes fire’ and/or compliance with fire and safety regulation BS7177

4. Stella’s Voice UK

Stella’s Voice UK is an organisation working to end human trafficking and sex slavery. Free collection of old mattresses in spotless condition can be arranged in Hampshire and Aberdeen, and there are plans in progress to expand this service. Fill in the online form to arrange.

Requirements: Mattress must be in spotless condition with a fire safety label intact

5. Emmaus

This community project provides work and accommodation for over 750 people in the UK who, in return, promise to refrain from substance abuse, violence and claiming state benefits. There are 29 Emmaus hubs across the country, each of which has different guidelines for donating mattresses. But generally, free collection is available.

Requirements: Mattress must be clean, saleable and have a manufacturer fire safety label intact

6. Gumtree (www.gumtree.com)

Spend 5 minutes setting up a Gumtree account, and access a free online platform to advertise your pre-loved mattress to people in your local area. What we like about Gumtree are the clear rules regarding the format of advertisements to protect users from spam and misleading descriptions.

Requirements: Mattress adverts must have clear images which truthfully represent your product, and we strongly recommend that fire safety labels are intact

7. Furniture Re-use Network

For a poverty-stricken family, your donated mattress could be the difference between sleeping on the floor. Furniture Re-use Network provides free collection and works with 200 charities across the country to make sure your pre-loved mattress provides comfort for someone in need.

Requirements: Mattress must be in pristine condition with fire label intact

8. Mustard Tree, Manchester

Looking to support a local cause? Major cities with independent charities are always looking for donations. Mustard Tree sells pre-loved mattresses, duvets and pillows in pristine condition to combat poverty and homelessness in Manchester. Call to arrange your free collection.

Requirements: Mattress must be in pristine condition with fire label intact

9. The Shelter Trust, Jersey

For outlying islands, local shelters should be your first port of call. In Jersey, The Shelter Trust passes second-hand furniture to members of the local community who are in need. Unfortunately, lack of storage means the Trust can only accept your old mattress if there’s demand, but if there is they’ll collect it free of charge and pass it on.

Requirements: Mattresses must be clean, hygienic and with a fire safety label intact

10. The Freecycle Network (www.freecycle.org)

This free, online marketplace allows you to find, donate and exchange second hand goods with people in your local area. Simply search by location, list your old mattress ad, and when someone snaps up your offer, arrange a time for them to come and take it off your hands.

Requirements: There aren’t any requirements listed on the website, so it’s a case of being honest about the condition and uploading images alongside your post but we recommend that your mattress has fire safety labels intact.

Next time you’re planning to change your mattress, consider an environmentally-friendly course of action! For future reference, Memory Foam Warehouse also offer a paid removal service. Simply select the relevant delivery option when you’re checking out online. Until then, sleep well.

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