If you need to know where to donate a mattress in 2023, then we have some suggestions for you. There are ways to recycle an old mattress, but if you are set on donating it then there are certain organizations and charities that will accept it. There are potential uses for old mattresses, so who accepts mattress donations?
Much depends on the condition of the mattress. There might be little wrong with your old mattress, and you are changing it simply for a change – from innerspring to memory foam for example. Perhaps your kids have left the roost, and you have no further need for the single or twin mattresses they used. There are many reasons why people could have useable mattresses that they would prefer to donate than to trash or recycle them.
Here are our suggestions of where to donate a mattress in 2023. There are many potential uses for old mattresses other than scrapping them. They can be used by others in need or in shelters for those with no settled home. Here are some options for you to consider.
Table of Contents
- 1. Where to Donate a Mattress to Charities
- 2. Who Accepts Mattress Donations Other than Charities?
- 3. What if You Cannot Donate Your Mattress?
1. Where to Donate a Mattress to Charities
Several charities would love to receive a mattress in useable condition. Keep in mind that what might be lumpy and unsupportive to you could well be heavenly to others less fortunate than yourself. Nevertheless, most will require your mattress to be in reasonable condition and not an obvious health hazard to young children. Here are some suggestions for you to consider.
Mattress Donations to the Salvation Army
You can make mattress donations to the Salvation Army. This is an international body that offers services to people in need all over the world. It runs charity shops across the US, UK and Europe and operates in 128 countries worldwide. If you live close enough to a Salvation Army shop or depot, they will collect your mattress from your home. Others will accept your mattress if you can deliver it yourself – or have a friend do it for you.
However, your mattress must be usable and free of damage – fundamentally it should not be in a condition you would not sleep on yourself. You should not be changing your mattress just because of damage. Given this condition, the Salvation Army will collect your mattress free of charge.
Not only is this a good way to get your mattress removed at no cost, but it also tax-deductible in some countries. In the US, used mattresses donated to the Salvation Army are valued between $15 and $75 for tax deduction purposes. There are other organizations such as the Habitat for Humanity International (the HFHI) that will accept your used mattress.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)
HFHI is an international organization that works to offer affordable and sustainable accommodation for people worldwide. The people the HFHI help have a pressing need for somewhere to live and for affordable household furniture and other items, most of us take for granted.
Your old mattress could make a massive difference to the living standards of a mother and her young children. They may not use your actual mattress, but it could be sold by HFHI to provide the finance to allow that family the luxury of sleeping on a comfortable surface rather than on a floor. If you donate your mattress to Habitat for Humanity International it will be sold in a ReStore center. Contact your nearest ReStore home improvement facility and it may pick up your mattress. If not, you can drop it off yourself.
Furniture Bank Association of America Mattress Donations
The Furniture Bank Association of America (FBA) is an association that provides essential items of home furnishings to those living in poverty through no fault of their own. These are provided very cheaply or at no cost at all. The FBA has over 80 furniture banks across North America. It will collect your old mattress from your home if you live within 15-20 miles from the location of one of its ‘furniture banks’. This is an excellent way to donate a mattress if you live within a 15-20 mile radius of an FBA physical location. If you do not, then try them anyway. You get nowhere if you do not ask – particularly if your mattress is in a good condition.
Many local charities will accept your mattress donation, and some may even collect them. Shelters for the homeless, or for abused women, men and children will be delighted to accept the donation of a mattress. Just one mattress can provide a comfortable sleeping surface for a mother and her children – or even 3-4 young kids who have had no option previously but to sleep on a hard floor.
2. Who Accepts Mattress Donations Other than Charities?
Who accepts mattress donations other than charities? What if you cannot find a Salvation Army shop near you? What is there is no Habitat for Humanity International ReStore depot or even an FBA furniture bank near you? What do you do then? Are you left with a mattress in a reasonably good condition (and certainly usable) that you have to destroy or recycle? Seems a waste!
The following suggestions may appear to be charitable organizations just like those above, and some are. However, many are not, and are run by volunteers trying their best to help others less fortunate than themselves. Many are run by churches or other religious organizations, but many are not. They are operated by caring members of the community whose reward is knowing that they are helping others.
Local Furniture Banks
Local furniture banks can be found in many areas of the world, not just the US, Europe or Australasia. Check your local search engine or even a phone book/yellow pages if there are still such things in your area! There are still places that will accept cleanly used mattresses that are in a reasonable condition. Most such banks provide the mattress to local homeless shelters or some other similar charity organization.
No local homeless or battered women’s shelters will be annoyed if you offer them your old mattress. They may ask to see it, to make sure it is usable and free of bed bugs (this is reasonable), and they may then accept it as a donation. Don’t expect any payment – it will likely be put to good use on the day they collect it!
3. What if You Cannot Donate Your Mattress?
The above suggestions cover the more popular options of where to donate a mattress in 2023. It is not always easy to establish who accepts mattress donations, so what if you cannot donate your mattress? What if there is no Red Cross, Salvation Army, HFHI or local charity willing to take your mattress? What then? Here are some alternative ways of disposing of a mattress.
Mattress Removal Services
Check online for local mattress removal services. Make sure you check their review figures – you will need to thoroughly check any service with a high percentage of below 4-star reviews. Find out what the low ratings were for. One of the positive aspects of the internet is to enable you to compare services by examining the ‘Star’ ratings of those that have used it.
Find a service that most believe has given them a good service. You may ask what they do with your mattress once they collect it. Generally, however, it will be rendered down and the component parts recycled. You will likely have to pay for this, rather than having your mattress taken away free.
Practically all parts of your old mattress can be recycled – typically around 80% – 90% of it. If you cannot donate it then recycling is next best thing rather than use it for landfill. So how do you do that? Simple if you are in the USA!
Go to ByeByeMarattress.com and check out the collection facilities in your state. Earth911 is much the same – it helps you with recycling just about anything: Visit the Earth911 website here. Mattress recycling involves re-use of the metal (e.g. springs) and other mattress components and ensures safe disposal of anything not useable.
Where to Donate a Mattress in 2023: Conclusion
In conclusion, while the above list is not exhaustive, it is nevertheless useful information if you need to donate a mattress. The question then comes to whom or to where? Some agencies will not accept a mattress donation due to the potential contamination it holds. This is a fair point – an old mattress may harbor bacteria, dust mites and even bed bugs.
Even if you are certain that your mattress is free from such contamination, the agencies do not know that. That is why not all charities will accept mattress donations. Nevertheless, if you are unsure where to donate a mattress in 2023, or who accepts a mattress donation of this type, the information provided above should help you to do so. Many may want to donate a mattress and the information above explains how.
Twin box springs from a king bed, replacing with new top mattress and mechanical base; should be helpful to many agencies, however getting them picked up is the issue.
Margot Nelson says
Looking for a need for a very good double box spring and mattress. Very clean and I’m not able to take it with me. Thank you
Tom Myers says
Richard Morse was helpful in directing me to a web site that offered donation pickups.
Richard Morse says
Rowland Whittet says
Bought a Queen size mattress, box frame, and adjustable steel floor carriage in December. Got married in May. Just have room for one bed, figured the newest one had the best chances of pickup. We are located in Rockland (mid coastal) Maine, about 40 -50 miles north of Portland, ME.
Lisa Featherman says
I went to donationtown.org, got a phone number for my local rescue workers and pick up is arranged for next week! So easy. Thank you.
Richard Morse says
Glad to hear that 🙂
Caroline P. says
Hi, I live in Boulder, Colorado and called my local Salvation Army. The lady told me that Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity have stopped accepting mattresses because there was a bed bug outbreak. That could be just in my area, but I’d suggest calling your local donation center before lugging a used mattress there and not actually being able to donate it!
Bonnie Adamson says
My local Salvation Army (in SC) also advises they will not take mattresses (no reason given), despite their website, which still says they do. They directed us to a recovery shelter–we’re waiting on an answer from them now.
Richard Morse says
Try contacting DonationTown.org. This organization will help you find a charity near you who will accept your mattress donation. They currently can arrange for donation pick up in 30 cities across the United States.
Raymond Avedian says
Asking DonationTown.org to find my a place to donate my matress did nothing but direct me to Habitat for Humanity and Vietnam Veterans, BOTH of whom do NOT take mattresses.
Connie Outman says
I have a twin mattress set like new that I want to donate. Also a used full mattress. Wanting to donate need to have them picked up.
Also the same In Las Vegas
Ditto… finding it a challenge in Las Vegas. One group here takes up to queen size, but mine’s king.
Habitat for Humanity no longer accepts mattresses and the Salvation Army does not pick them up anymore either. This is as of August 2019 as per their websites. I’m looking to donate a mattress that’s about a month old. I tried to return it but the mattress company says to just donate it. I cannot find any charity that will take mattresses anymore!
Sally Voss says
We also have a new Bear Hybred mattress that we do not want. We have had it for a couple weeks. The Bear company told us that we need to donate it snd supply a letter of receipt from the charity that picks it up. We love in Maple Grove MN 55369. Sally Voss
Miss B says
This is great, would only add one thing Earth 911! They’re great and redirect you to the closest bulk service pickup for free.
Magda Klopper says
Hope you are well?
The Jump Charity Foundation is looking for 14 Child mattresses for a charity home for children.
We like to hear from you.
Salvation Army do not take mattresses it’s stated on their website!!
Larry Langdon says
California recycling law now places restrictions on mattress resale so stringent NO charity who resell items will accept mattresses any more. Love, Inc. http://www.lovinc.org
has many branches that accept used mattresses and then GIVE THEM AWAY to deserving individuals. As far as I know, nobody else in the state other than the over 100 branches of Love, Inc. accepts donated mattresses. PLEASE try to donate to them!
I tried to write a section on donation/recycling of mattresses in the wikipedia listing for “mattress” but the editor removed it. If you have the stemina to provide such a section that they’ll accept, feel free to attempt it. See my addition by clicking the “view history” link at the top of the page for the “mattress” listing. You can access my section by going to “view history” and clicking on the date link for “21:02, 28 November 2019”
Thank you for this wonderful service you are doing here. I wanted to mention though Salvation Army in Vancouver,BC will not pick up mattress.
Shemika H. Wilcoxon says
Thanks! Actually I wanted to know and this article has helped me in understanding this. Keep Writing!
Love to donate a full pillow top and box spring. Slept on twice then bought a queen. Very new and needs a good home. Warwick Rhode Island.
Barb D'Amico says
Fantastic information. I have a great mattress and box spring set and frame and want so much to give it to someone who would love to have it. I have printed out your article to start using it as a guide this week. Thank you.
Diana Kelly says
Your article was very helpful – however things have changed since you wrote it. So far I have contacted seven charities to try to donate my gently used mattress & box spring and NO charities are taking them at all! I contacted the following charities: DAV, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Furniture Bank, Humane Society, and Kiwanis. So which charities are now accepting mattress donations? I’d hate for my perfectly good mattress to go to waste in a landfill!
I have a king-size mattress. It can be divided into two beds. I don’t want it to be sold but given to a charity that is in need for the homeless. I need it removed from the bedroom. It is 8 years old and in excellent condition as it has not been used much. The mattress is firm. Need at least two people to get it out of the room.
Antonio Fagundes says
I have a very nice spring air full-size mattress back supporter limited edition. To give away for the homeless shelter. It is in so good condition that I hate to dispose of it.
Jackie Hermes says
I have a slightly used queen size mattress and box spring to donate. I need it picked up.
Thomas Wiese says
I have a full size bed frame and mattresses in good shape and would like to donate them and have them picked up. Is that possible?
Karen Gibson says
We have a split King box springs and pillow tops mattresses. Was not used for very long. We moved and it will not fit in the spare room. I can also be used as two twins.
I hate to throw them away, they are in very good shape. Just don’t know what to do with them looking for help