How Much Does Mattress Removal Cost?

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Updated September 13, 2023

Replacing an old mattress is a great way to improve your quality of sleep and make your bedroom a more comfortable place to be at the end of each day.

If the removal of your old mattress isn't included in the delivery of your new mattress, you'll need to arrange an alternative removal option by another service.

The most common mattress removal methods include curbside pick-up, junk removal services, dumpster rental, and hauling the mattress to a landfill or donation center yourself.

In this guide, we'll go over the various options available for mattress removal and the average cost of each so that you can make the best, most informed decision for your particular situation.

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Curbside Pickup

Your municipal waste hauler may offer curbside bulky item disposal for items like mattresses, box springs, bed frames, couches, dining tables, and other large furniture. Not all trash services offer this, and the ones that do tend to have different processes for how to properly do so, so it's important to get in touch with your trash pick-up service to find out if, when, and how much it will cost you to have them pickup your unwanted mattress at your curb.

Some cities offer special disposal days for free bulky item pick-up, but it is much more common that the waste disposal companies that accept large disposal items will charge a fee to do so.

The cost for curbside mattress pickup varies depending on where you live, the cost of living and disposal in your area, who you hire, and more. With that being said, the national average cost of curbside mattress pickup is $25-$75.

It's worth noting that some cities that allow curbside furniture removal require that items be wrapped in a protective disposal bag to mitigate the spread of bed bugs, which will result in additional work and costs. Check with your waste hauler to see if this is required, and if so, see if they have these protective bags or wrap available or if you'll have to purchase them separately online.

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Junk Removal Services

Almost all junk removal services offer basic furniture removal, including mattress, box spring, and bed frame removal. The process of hiring a junk removal company is straight-forward and simple.

The first thing you should do is get quotes from multiple companies in your area. Hometown makes it easy with our single quote request form. All you have to do is answer a few short questions about your mattress removal needs and then you'll be given up to 3 quotes from local junk removal services, all free of charge. In cases where you need much more junk removed in additional to your old mattress, some companies may require that they send someone to your property to assess your project and provide an on-site estimate for the most accurate quote possible.

Once you agree to a price, you hire the junk removal company. If they're already there providing a quote, they'll typically get to work loading your unwanted belongings right away. After your mattress is loaded onto their truck, they'll provide you with an invoice that you can either pay on the spot or call into their office to pay over the phone. 

From there, the junk removal company will haul your mattress to the appropriate facility. Most mattresses are approved for recycling, so they'll be taken to a recycling company for the most eco-friendly disposal. If there are no recycling facilities around that accept mattresses, they'll haul it to a landfill instead.

The price that a junk removal company will charge to haul away your mattress will depend primarily on how much space your mattress takes up in their truck or trailer, the type/weight of your mattress, ease of access, cost of recycling/dumping near you, where you're located, and who you hire.

With that being said, the average cost to haul away a mattress ranges between $70-$120.

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Renting a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster to get rid of old furniture, like mattresses, is convenient, fast, and a great value. It's perfect for projects like estate cleanouts, home cleanouts, hoarding cleanups, tenant evictions, and other large removal projects.

The most popular container types available for temporary rent are roll-off dumpsters and trailer dumpsters. Roll-off containers have a side swinging door that makes loading heavy items, like mattresses and bed frames, easy. Trailer dumpsters sit on rubber wheels for easy transporting if you have to drive around a large property for your removal project. Both options feature an open top so that you can quickly toss your unwanted waste over the side walls. If there is a chance of rain or severe weather while you have your dumpster rental, be sure to cover their open tops with a tarp or have it placed in a covered overhang or garage.

Dumpster rentals come in all different sizes, but the most popular sizes for mattress disposal are 10-20 yard dumpsters. The average cost for a weeklong 10 yard dumpster is $250-$450, while 20 yard dumpsters tend to run around $350-$550 for a weeklong rental.

Your local costs could be more or less than these nationwide averages and will vary based on a number of different factors, like the type and weight of your waste, the size of your dumpster rental, how long you rent the dumpster for, cost of mattress recycling or landfill fees near you, cost of living near you, and who you hire.

Finding affordable dumpsters in your area is fast and free with Hometown. We publish locally-owned dumpster rental companies across the U.S. to help people find affordable, local, and reputable disposal solutions for large projects. It's not every day that most of us need to rent a dumpster, so Hometown helps answer the most common dumpster rental questions to make the whole process simple and straightforward. 

Enter your zip code, fill out our single quote-request form, and find licensed and insured dumpster companies that service your area. We recommend getting at least 2-3 quotes to not only compare pricing, but to find a company that provides a pleasant customer experience with the availability you need.

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DIY Hauling

If you have a pickup truck, trailer, or other vehicle suitable for hauling, you could opt to haul your mattress to a recycling facility or landfill yourself, but this is usually only more cost and time-efficient if you live close to these facilities.

An example of what DIY mattress hauling can cost is broken down below.

  • Cost of gas for a round trip to a mattress recycling facility located 30 miles away: $15-$30
  • Cost of your time, assuming your time is worth $20 per hour: $20-$40
  • Dump fees: $0-$50
  • Total Cost: $35-$120

Having to make multiple trips to dispose of your furniture yourself not only costs you in gas and dumping fees, but it can also be very time consuming. Loading your vehicle, driving to and from the landfill or recycling facility, unloading your mattress and paying for each transaction, and the amount of time you'll take cleaning out your vehicle afterwards could easily consume a full work day or more.

Consider the value of your time when deciding whether or not DIY mattress removal is right for you.

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