Mattress Recycling and Removal

Need us to recycle your old mattress for you? When you buy a mattress using our delivery and collection service, we can recycle your old mattress!

Here's a quick summary of our recycling service:

  • Convenient - delivery and collection from your front door
  • Speedy - we can arrive tomorrow
  • No waiting - you'll get a two-hour time slot
  • Cheap - only £35
  • Hassle-free - saves you the trouble of arranging it separately

Our mattress recycling service

Our collection and recycling service is a convenient way to dispose of your old mattress while also helping to reduce landfill waste.

All the mattresses that we pick up are recycled at dedicated recycling centres, where they are stripped down and disposed of professionally.

This is just a part of the ongoing efforts towards sustainability that helped us win the Good Retail Sustainability Award.

Here's a helpful guide to our mattress collection and recycling service.

How much does it cost?Only £35!
Do I have to buy a mattress from Mattress Online to qualify for recycling?Yes - we'll deliver your new mattress and collect your old one at the same time.
Will you recycle my old mattress if it isn’t the same size as the one I have bought?We can only recycle your old mattress if it is the same size or smaller than the one you have ordered. This is due to the space allocated in our delivery vans.
When can you collect my old mattress?As soon as tomorrow - or choose a day that's best for you.
What time will you collect it?Between 7am-8pm, within a 2-hour time slot.
Where will you collect it from?The main entrance of your building, or your room if you've selected Premium Delivery.
Can you collect my old mattress on a different day to my delivery?No, delivery and collection happen on the same day.
Will you also take away my bed and bedding?No, we only collect old mattresses at the moment.
Can you take away more than one mattress?No, we will only take one mattress, unless you have bought more than one.
Can you take away my old mattress from my bedroom?Yes - if you select our premium delivery service. This costs an extra £20.

When you opt into our mattress recycling service, we’ll pick up your old mattress as we deliver your new one. All you need to do is leave your mattress near your front door - but not outside - so we can quickly and easily collect it. However, if you have chosen ‘Premium Delivery’, we will remove the mattress from any room of your choice as we deliver your new mattress to your specified room.

Our delivery teams will take all of the mattresses that are ready for recycling back to our local depots and transfer them to a dedicated mattress recycling facility.

These recycling centres separate the different components of your old mattress and organise the materials for the next step of their recycling journey. Staff will strip down the outer cover of your mattress and then remove any fillings, such as metal springs, wool, polyester and foam layers.

We partner with two mattress recycling facilities:

Bye Bye Beds recycles every component of the mattress and all fabrics to produce new mattresses.

SSSI Ltd recycles all metal components of your mattress. The fillings and fabric are transported to Taiwan and used to make dog and horse blankets.

Our mattress recycling service is non-profit for Mattress Online. The service costs £35 and this covers the complete recycling process, including:

  • Transport costs
  • Recycling facility fees
  • Processing costs

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The importance of mattress recycling

The National Bed Federation Annual Recycling Reports estimate that only 14% of mattresses are recycled each year in the UK - that equates to 900,000  mattresses!

We’re proud to say that since the start of our recycling initiative, we've helped to save over 150,000 mattresses from landfill.

Mattresses that are sent to landfill have a serious impact on the planet. They can release toxic chemicals into the air, water and the ground. Landfill sites also destroy the natural habitat of wildlife, which can be devastating to local ecosystems.

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How our mattress collection works

How much does mattress recycling cost?

Our recycling service costs £35, and is non-profit for Mattress Online. 

All of the £35 goes towards the cost of:

  • Transport
  • Recycling facility fees
  • Processing

We do not profit from recycling your mattress.

How can I recycle my mattress with you?

All you need to do is:

  1. Order your new mattress
  2. Select your delivery day
  3. Select "Mattress recycling" in your basket

And then we'll simply take your old mattress away when we deliver your new one!

Do I have to buy a new mattress to qualify for recycling?

Yes, we can only collect your old mattress when we deliver you a new one. Why not take a look at our great range of mattresses?

What size mattress can you recycle?

We will only recycle your old mattress if it is the same size or smaller than the one you have purchased from Mattress Online.

This is due to the space and weight we have allocated for your new mattress in our delivery vans.

What will you do with my old mattress when you pick it up?

Here’s the journey that your old mattress will complete once we have picked it up from your address:

  1. We will take your mattress back to our local depot
  2. It will then go to a dedicated mattress recycling facility - either Bye Bye Beds or SSSl Ltd
  3. At the recycling facility, your mattress will be stripped down to its core components
  4. These components will then be organised and recycled, ready to be made into either new mattresses or dog and horse blankets.

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When we can collect your old mattress for recycling

When can you collect my mattress?

We can collect your old mattress on any date that is easier for you!

Simply order your new mattress and decide on your delivery date. We'll take your mattress away on the same day as your delivery.

Can I change my delivery and collection day?

Yes, no problem! Simply get in touch and we'll rearrange the date to suit you.

Can you collect my mattress at the weekend?

Yes, we can deliver your new mattress and collect your old one on weekends. Our weekend mattress delivery fee is £17.50. You will also need to pay the mattress recycling service fee of £35.

Can you collect my old mattress on a Bank Holiday?

Yes, we can deliver your new mattress and collect your old one on nearly every Bank Holiday.

The only days we can't collect your old mattress are:

  • Christmas Day (25th December)
  • Boxing Day (26th December)
  • New Year’s Day (1st January)

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On your collection day

What time will you arrive?

We deliver and collect mattresses between 7am - 8pm every day, and most Bank Holidays.

You'll receive a two-hour time slot the evening before, and we'll call you on the day to let you know when we'll arrive.

For additional information on how our delivery service works and what to expect, please read our delivery page.

How should I prepare my mattress for collection?

On your delivery day, you’ll need to:

  1. Remove all bedding from your mattress (we can't take that away)
  2. Leave it near your front door (but not outside), ready for us to collect

If you've chosen premium delivery, you can leave your old mattress on your bed (without bedding) and we'll take it away from your room.

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Collecting other items

Can you take away more than one mattress?

If you order one new mattress, we can only collect one old mattress.

However, if you purchase more than one mattress, we can collect mattresses up to the amount you've bought.

We won't ask you to pay more than once for recycling if you are purchasing more than one mattress.

Can you take away my old bed too?

Sorry, we can only collect your old mattress at the moment. We can't take away your bed or bedding - yet!

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How to safely dispose of a mattress

How can I dispose of my mattress?

You can dispose of your mattress in a number of ways:

  1. Use our mattress recycling service
  2. Dispose of it through your local council
  3. Donate it to charity

Donating a mattress to charity

If your mattress is clean and in good condition, you can donate it to charity. Donating is a great way to give back to the community while also ensuring your unwanted mattress does not go to landfill.

Do charity shops take mattresses?

Many charity shops will accept mattress donations in their stores. However, given their size and how cumbersome mattresses are, getting them to the charity shop can be tricky and the charity shop may not have the space to store them.

If you are planning to donate a mattress, we recommend getting in touch with your chosen charity shop to make sure they can accept your mattress before you make the journey.

Can a charity collect my old mattress?

Yes, you can arrange for a charity to come and collect your old mattresses. 

Here are some organisations that will collect your mattress:

You can find more information about arranging a mattress donation on each charity’s website.

Please note: Many charities will not accept your mattress without a valid Fire Safety Label.

Can I throw away my mattress?

Throwing away your mattress is extremely harmful to the environment and we do not recommend it.

By recycling your mattress, you can avoid landfill and help protect our environment now and in the future!

Can I take a mattress to the tip?

You can, but mattresses that are taken to the tip are not recycled. We suggest recycling your mattress at a designated facility to reduce the amount of waste in landfill.

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Our mattress collection and recycling service forms part of our ever-growing commitment to help protect our environment. We'd like to thank every single one of our customers who have chosen to recycle with us.

Together, with your help, we can support mattress recycling in the UK. We can help reduce the number of mattresses sent to landfill every year - and safeguard our environment for generations to come.

We hope that you've found everything about our mattress collection and recycling service that you're looking for. If you have any questions, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you.