Okay, so you’ve made the tough decision to part with your old, faithful mattress. Now what? According to Sleep Foundation, "many people opt into donating their mattresses instead of disposing of them. This is a great opportunity to do something meaningful for people in need, while also making space for your new mattress."
However, not every old mattress is fit for donation. If your old one has noticeable structural damage, rips, tears or stains, it’s probably not a good candidate for a sleeper in need. If things seem in order, try donating to a nonprofit that helps folks in need, like Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity or a local aid organization.
If your old mattress isn’t fit for sleeping, try recycling it. Sleep Foundation notes that an estimated "20 million mattresses wind up in landfills every year" — don’t contribute to that number. Instead, try to break down and recycle your mattress on your own, or via a local recycling service. (We also recommend looking up options via Earth 911.) If recycling isn’t an option for some reason, contact a local waste disposal service in your area or see if the company delivering your new mattress can also haul away the old one.