Mattresses and box springs are problematic in the waste stream because they are hard to move, clog up equipment and are nearly impossible to compact in a landfill. Look for reuse and recycling options instead of disposing of mattresses and box springs in the trash.
Prolong the life of your mattress following the manufacturer's instructions, generally by turning it four times a year.
- Give your old set to a relative or friend. Consider donating, but be aware that very few charities accept mattresses unless they are in excellent condition.
- Mattresses are commonly listed on online sales or materials exchange sites for residents who want to buy or sell reusable goods for the home, garage and garden.
Recycling & Disposal Information:
- Mattresses and box springs are accepted for recycling at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park for a fee of $15 for each piece. More than 80 percent of the materials in a mattress can be recycled!Some garbage haulers will accept mattresses for a fee; contact your hauler for information.
- Minneapolis residents can recycle their mattresses for free curbside. Visit the City of Minneapolis' website for preparation instructions.
- Mattresses may be accepted at city clean-up days.
- There are several transfer stations and landfills in the area that accept mattresses and box springs for disposal for a fee.
For more information on recycling and disposing mattresses, contact your county (see links at right).