Can a mattress go in a skip?

Whether you’re planning to renovate your home – top to bottom – or updating one or two rooms, the team at Skips Preston is confident that you’ll find a suitable skip to accommodate all waste.

They specialise in skip hire Chorley and provide skips for projects of all scales – including:

  • 2-cubic yard mini skip
  • 4-cubic yard midi skip
  • 6-cubic yard midi skip
  • 8-cubic yard maxi skip

Their skips are great for storing rubbish from renovation projects and one thing to think about when redecorating a bedroom is the mattress. On average, adults lose ½ a pint of fluid every night and shed a pound of dead skin cells each year. Mattresses usually last 7-8 years and after this, they offer less support and are less hygienic. But how do you get rid of an old mattress?

Unfortunately, a mattress needs to be disposed of differently to general waste. It contains elements that contribute to landfill problems which is why it’s advised you consult a skip hire company who specialises in domestic skip hire Chorley before you dump it in a skip.

3 other ways to dispose of a mattress: 

  1. Ask the local council

The local council can arrange to collect bulky waste – be it your mattress or old bed – from your property at a time that suits you, saving you the hassle of making tedious trips to the local tip in the middle of a renovation project.

Leaving disposal to the council is often the most convenient option as you needn’t worry about transporting the mattress to the tip yourself.

To speed up collection, leave your mattress outside in a designated area, ready to be picked up.

  1. Donate it

If there’s nothing wrong with your mattress, why not donate it to a charity, like the British Heart Foundation or British Red Cross, who will give it directly to someone in need? Donating a mattress allows you to help others but also prevents it from ending up in landfill. 

Before charities collect your mattress, they will need to assess its condition – ensuring it’s fit for use, clean and has the fire label attached and intact.

  1. Recycle it

Often, mattresses can be recycled in part or as a whole, and despite mattress recycling being relatively labour intensive, more facilities are springing up around the UK. 

When a mattress is recycled, it’s broken down into recyclable components and the springs are melted and remade into new metallic products. Synthetic layers, such as foam, can be used for carpet underlay or converted into energy.

The best way to recycle a mattress is to pay for it to be collected by a company that clearly states they recycle all old mattresses and don’t just take them to the landfill site.

Skip hire Chorley is a fantastic way to remove waste from your home renovation project, but placing a mattress in a skip could add to the cost of your skip hire and you could be on the receiving end of an expensive fine, so make sure you always check before you load your skip.

For more information about what you can put in skips, call 01772 827 603 or email and the Skips Preston team will happily share their expertise to ensure you get the most out of your skip hire Chorley. 

Tyler Mathews

Tyler Mathews