If you’ve ever tried to get rid of an old mattress before, you probably quickly realized it’s no easy feat. Whether you’re upgrading your bed or moving to a new place and leaving your mattress behind, you can’t simply set your mattress out on the curb for your trash man to take care of. If you’ve ever tried to get rid of an old mattress before, you probably quickly realized it’s no easy feat. Whether you’re upgrading your bed or moving to a new place and leaving your mattress behind, you can’t simply set your mattress out on the curb for your trash man to take care of.

Mattresses are too large for a normal trash truck, so you’ll need to schedule a bulk pickup from your waste management company at an extra cost — usually around $50 per item. And if you live in an apartment, in many places it’s illegal to dump your mattress in the dumpster, since it’s an extra service for a trash company to break down the mattress before it can go into a landfill.

Despite these challenges, millions of mattresses fill up landfills around the world every day. There are between 20 and 40 million mattresses disposed of each year, and most of which wind up in landfills.

On the other hand, one recycled mattress can save 65 pounds of material from the landfills, and its material contents can be recycled into creating new products. And donating your mattress to a charity typically costs you nothing, as many offer free pickups.

Luckily for Boulder homeowners, there are many resources for recycling or donating your old mattress. Here’s how you can recycle or donate your mattress in Boulder County so you can keep it out of a landfill (and maybe save some money, too).

Drop it Off at Spring Back Colorado

Spring Back Colorado is a specialty recycling facility that focuses specifically on recycling mattresses and box springs in the Denver and Colorado Springs area. Their recycling process helps to breaks down over 90% of each mattress into its individual parts and materials (like steel, foam, ticking, cotton, wood) and recycle or re-purpose each one.

Not only that, but Spring Back Colorado also focuses on employing folks who struggle with different barriers to employment, allowing them to re-establish themselves financially and socially.

It’s free to drop off your mattress and/or box spring at their Denver or Colorado Springs facility. If you want to schedule a pickup, it’ll be between $45-$55 in the Boulder County area.

However, that means you can skip the hassle of loading your mattress and box spring on or in a truck and driving it down to Denver!

Get it Picked up by Mattress Disposal Plus

Mattress Disposal Plus is another local mattress recycling service that can to come haul away your mattress from your home or apartment. Although this option does cost money (around $97), you can rest assured that your mattress will be picked up in 24 hours and that every part of it gets properly recycled.

From box springs to foam, mattresses contain valuable recyclable material which can be repurposed in a number of ways, including as carpeting and clothing. And like the “plus” in the name implies, Mattress Disposal Plus also picks up and recycles large items like dressers, treadmills, and box springs, too.

Donate Your Mattress

Donating your mattress is another way to give it a meaningful second life and keep it out of the landfill. Although the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores usually don’t accept used mattresses, you can use DonationTown.org’s locator to find a nearby charity that will accept your mattress.

With a quick search, a Boulder zip code brings up the Vietnam Veterans of America. You can schedule a free pickup for your mattress, saving you money and helping someone in need, too.

Call General Services Corporation

In the instance that your mattress may not be suitable for a donation or even recycling—like if your mattress is soiled, soaked, or bed-bug infested—you might have no choice but to let it see the end of its days.

Our trash removal service at General Services Company provides one-time trash removal for individual items or even the full contents of your home or estate. We’ve been helping Boulder County residents dispose of large unwanted items for over 30 years, like old mattresses and box springs.

We’ll come to your home and take your mattress or box spring, and make sure they get to the appropriate disposal facility. And while we’re there, we can also take things like:• Construction material, dirt, and concrete• Carpet, furniture, and appliances• Yard waste and firewood• Large and small household items• Boxes, books, and electronics like computers• Anything else (as long as it’s not hazardous).

Located in Boulder County, we’ve got a quick turnaround time so you can have your old mattress off your hands—quick, easy, and affordable. Request a trash removal quote today »