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Best way to dispose of mattress?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Casdawer, May 17, 2011.

  1. Casdawer


    Joined: May 14, 2009

    Posts: 3,484

    Location: West Sussex

    Hi kids,

    I'm getting a new mattress as my current one is getting a bit old now and I'm wondering what's the best way to dispose of it.

    I've checked my local authority and they'll do it for £40 which is a ridiculous amount for one thing! I would take it to the dump myself but I doubt it'll fir in my car!

    Has anyone used another company to get rid of theirs?


  2. trigger-happy


    Joined: Jan 3, 2009

    Posts: 3,309

    Location: In west London

    kill it with fire. in other words go to a dump site and burn it.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  3. Hutch-Sco


    Joined: Apr 10, 2011

    Posts: 124

    Dump it of at the nearest gypo site.
  4. kEn_sct


    Joined: Sep 12, 2008

    Posts: 255

    get a mate with a car??
  5. CrixxzeH


    Joined: Jan 22, 2010

    Posts: 743

    Location: Burnley

  6. godinman


    Joined: Feb 26, 2007

    Posts: 7,404

    Give it to some kids.
  7. Werewolf


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 25,747

    Location: Panting like a fiend

    Depending on the size of the mattress and if it's really dead (as opposed to you possibly being able to give it away), you can usually fold them over/roll them up enough to get them into the back of a car/onto the roof rack safely - depending on the mattress you'll probably want either rope (if you can fold it enough and hold it whilst tying the rope), or ratchet straps (which will compress it, and hold it).

    CrixxzeH, I'm guessing it's a standard charge for two men, and a suitable van - our council has a similar charge and will take up to 5 items on the back of a large van (I think the exact number of items varies depending on type/size).
    Which given that they'll take a couple of washing machines or similar away for that price isn't bad, as the likes of Comet will usually charge about £10-20 to do the same when they deliver your new one (so they aren't even having to send the van out specially).
  8. MikeTimbers


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 6,384

    Location: New Eltham, London

    Attach skateboards to each corner with one in the middle and let your kids play in the street with it.
  9. Cosimo

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jan 9, 2007

    Posts: 163,197

    Location: Londinium

    Do you know someone with a van or estate car? Personally to save all that hassle I would use the council.
  10. Redz


    Joined: Jul 12, 2008

    Posts: 2,797

    Location: North West

    Bury it under the patio.
  11. OldCoals


    Joined: Jun 5, 2010

    Posts: 14,686

    Not a bad idea, but I think the OP should sleep on it.
  12. Cosimo

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    Joined: Jan 9, 2007

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    Location: Londinium

    With some of the mattresses around it will take two people to get it out of the house yet alone onto a vehicle. Your right. :D
  13. Jimz


    Joined: Mar 29, 2011

    Posts: 1,145

    Just leave it somewhere, people have jobs to collect rubbish like that
  14. Hastarius


    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    Posts: 897

    Location: Lancing, Sussex

    Can't you fold it in half and transport it to the tip?
  15. Morgoth


    Joined: Dec 1, 2003

    Posts: 5,128

    Location: West Lothian, Scotland

    Leave it in the garden and every now and again walk on it and pretend you are walking on the moon.
  16. Stupot_


    Joined: Sep 20, 2009

    Posts: 2,923

    Location: Portsmouth

    Just put it on the car roof no? Don't need roof racks, get a couple of canvas straps and tie it through the doors. Can't imagine it will shift anywhere if you do it up tight.
  17. twist3d0n3


    Joined: Aug 3, 2008

    Posts: 10,483

    Location: Bath, England

    fire it into space
  18. ins0mn1ac


    Joined: Aug 1, 2006

    Posts: 5,723

    Location: Cardiff

    This is a great suggestion! I've just told the GF this is what's happening when we buy a new mattress :)
  19. Goberpiles316


    Joined: Jul 7, 2003

    Posts: 3,053

    Location: Westergate

    If you want someone to get rid of it leagally it will cost you. Your options are to take it to the tip yourself or pay another person who can lagally transport the waste and tip it.

    I cant see anyone wanting a second hand mattress.
  20. Strife212


    Joined: Dec 15, 2007

    Posts: 16,433

    lol :p

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