You’ve likely heard the recommendation that you should purchase a new mattress every 8 years. According to the Sleep Foundation, it’s important to regularly replace your mattress to support the quality of your sleep and improve your overall health.
The question is, what should you do with that old mattress? No one wants to keep a big, bulky mattress around. You’re probably thinking about whether to toss that mattress in a dumpster. Fortunately, you have some choices to properly dispose of your mattress. We’ll unpack those options for residents in the Greater Houston area.
Alternatively, perhaps you’re in a position where you need to dispose of a large volume of mattresses. You could be a property owner/manager and need to perform a bulk cleanout. Or, you could be supporting a move that requires the disposal of several mattresses. We’ll also unpack what to do about that, including whether you can put a mattress in a dumpster such as a roll-off dumpster rented through Gainsborough Waste.
Disposing of One or a Few Mattresses for Houston Residents
For Houston residents that just need to dispose of one or a few mattresses, you can consider a few different options.
1. Take your mattress to a neighborhood depository. The City of Houston manages six Neighborhood Depositories & Recycling Centers throughout the area. You can take a mattress to one of these locations for disposal and recycling. Keep in mind that the hours change throughout the year and you need to follow their drop-off guidelines if you choose this option.
2. Wait for heavy trash pick-up. If you don’t want to pack up your old mattress or don’t have a vehicle that can haul away a mattress, the City of Houston will come to you. The city offers heavy trash pick-up on a regular schedule.
During even-numbered months, you can place bulky items such as mattresses at the curbside location of your residence. You can place mattresses outside during the week in which your neighborhood is scheduled to receive service. Then, a COH truck will come down your street and collect the mattress.
You can include your mattress with other heavy waste that you want to remove from your residence. Perhaps you’re not just changing out your old mattress for a new one. If you’re also getting completely new furniture for a specific room or supporting other residential upgrades, you can include other bulky waste with the mattresses.
Keep in mind that the City of Houston has restrictions on the amount of bulky waste that you can put curbside. No more than 8 cubic yards of junk waste can be placed at your curb for collection.
3. Use a Dumpster. If you’re supporting a big cleanout project at your residence where mattresses are just one part of the equation, then you should consider renting a roll-off dumpster.
Whether you’re embarking on a home renovation, home remodel, a big move, a garage/attic cleanout, or just need to remove a whole lot of waste, you can throw the old mattresses in a dumpster with other bulky waste.
Our 15-yard roll-off dumpsters are perfect for a major waste cleanout project at a residential home in Houston.
Disposing of Bulk Mattresses – Do You Need a Roll-off Dumpster?
For property owners, organizations, or individuals that need a central location to remove mattresses in bulk, we recommend using a roll-off dumpster to collect and dispose of the mattresses.
Instead of making multiple trips to a recycling center or loading up multiple vehicles to haul away mattresses, you can rely on Gainsborough Waste to help streamline the process for you.
We’ll deliver a roll-off dumpster to your location so that you and your team can toss each mattress in one place. Then, when the dumpster is full or the job is done, we’ll pick up the dumpster and haul away the bulky waste.
Or, if mattresses are just one part of the job, you can rent one of our larger roll-off dumpsters that can handle a great deal of bulky waste. In addition to our 15-yard roll-off dumpsters, we offer these dumpsters for large jobs:
Our team of experts will work with you to assess your needs for the job. No matter how much you need to dispose of at your location, we have a solution that will work for your budget.
Alternative – How to Cut Up a Mattress for Disposal
There is another option if you would prefer not to dispose of an old mattress in its current state. You can also cut up a mattress to reduce the size of waste. Consider these steps to create a compact version of a mattress for disposal:
1. Using a heavy-duty knife, box cutter, or another cutting tool, you can rip the exterior framing or cords away from the mattress fabric. Do this on all four sides.
2. You can then pull the sides off the mattress to separate the frame from the rest of the material.
3. Pull the top layer of padding away from the rest of the mattress material.
4. Remove the remaining mattress material away from the support springs or coils.
5. Use shears or heavy-duty scissors to cut up the metal springs or coils.
6. Gather up all of the individual pieces of waste in trash bags or boxes.
Then, depending on the amount of waste you produce, you can place this waste at your curbside location, take it to a recycling center, or toss it in one of our roll-off dumpsters.
If this effort sounds like it will take too much time and energy, then you can count on Gainsborough Waste to support your mattress waste needs by handling the entire process for you.
Contact Gainsborough Waste for Your Mattress Disposal Needs
When you’re ready to dispose of your old mattress or need help disposing of mattresses as part of a larger job, we can help you out! We make the process simple, easy, and affordable for Houston area residents and commercial customers.
Give us a call today at 713-785-8050 to discuss renting one of our roll-off dumpsters for your job. We’ll help answer more of your questions about putting a mattress in a dumpster so that we can schedule service to your location.