You should follow any of the above recommendations for getting rid of your old mattress. 👍
These are the safest and most convenient ways of getting rid of your old mattress.
But how should you NOT get rid of your old mattress? 👇
Fly-tipping is defined as depositing waste illegally.
This includes leaving your mattress on the curbside, road, or other unauthorised areas. 😮
This makes the area look unsightly, but it can also be hazardous to the public and harmful to the environment.
Between 2018 - 2019, over 1 million instances of fly-tipping were reported in the UK.
If you are caught fly-tipping, you can receive a fine of up to £50,000 from local authorities and a 5-year prison sentence. 👮
Burn your old mattress
It may seem obvious, but you should never burn your mattress as a way of disposing of it. 🔥
It’s illegal to burn material that has been treated with chemicals and can create harmful fumes which are dangerous for the environment.
💡 Did you know bonfire night creates more air pollution than all Irish waste incinerators put together?
Burning mattresses are regarded as the same or similar offence as fly-tipping and can include hefty fines of up to £50,000. 😱
Sell a second-hand mattress as new
Although it’s technically not illegal to sell a used mattress, we discourage you from selling a mattress over 7 years old. 🤢
A well-used mattress will be unhygienic and not offer the same support as a new mattress.
If you are thinking about selling your mattress, you must also be transparent about how long it has been used and any stains or other damage it includes.
You can sell a used mattress online, but it’s better to look into selling locally to family, friends, or local pages first to avoid hefty shipping charges. 💰