Investing in new furniture is always such a joy, but the stress starts when thinking about what to do with your old mattress. Did you know that the way you dispose of your mattress can cause a major strain on the environment?
Landfills are full of old mattresses because people don’t know what to do with their pre-loved beds. So what can you do with your old mattress?
Have you ever thought of giving your mattress away to a veteran in need?
“No one has ever become poor by giving” but you need to ensure that your mattress is still in a fit condition before you explore this option. For instance, if the mattress is infested with bed bugs, then you can’t donate it.
Check for holes, rips, tears, and mold. If you wouldn’t dare sleep on the mattress, then don’t donate it. If a mattress is in bad shape, consider recycling it. If the mattress is still fit for the Princess and you are certain she won’t feel the prick of the pea while sleeping, then you can donate it.
Where To Donate The Mattress?
When donating, it’s always best to consider veteran organizations as a first option. Since these veteran women shelters and charitable organizations have been on the scene for a long time, donating to them is the best way to go.
If you’re unsure which charity or whom to donate to, listed below are some pathways you can take:
Donation Town: It is a suggestion to search the web for all available charity organizations close by, but this search can yield an overwhelming amount of charity options. The website Donationtown.org has made the task of donating your mattress an effortless process.
They arrange to come and pick up your mattress and drop it off to a place where the mattress is needed. The reason why Donation Town is so effective in placing your second hand mattress is because they work hand in hand with charity organizations and women’s shelters so they know where the mattress is most needed.
Many veteran charity organizations are ready to pick up your once loved goodies and Donation Town lends a helping hand in this regard.
Furniture Bank Network: To ease the burden of looking for someone who needs your mattress, the Furniture Bank Network has an entire database of potential mattress candidates.
Once you locate a nearby furniture bank, you can drop off your mattress and rest easily knowing that it will be given to a family that needs it the most. Certain Furniture Banks Associations will also arrange a pick up option if need be.
Veterans Association of America: VETSAA accepts and picks up beds and other furniture to lend a helping hand with all donations. Their mattress pickup will resume in October this year, and you ‘e guaranteed to have your mattress be of service to a veteran who needs it most.
Habitat for Humanity: This organization plans to provide low income housing to people who cannot afford it and they recently created the Humanity ReStore where they accept donations. This way the families moving into new houses can stock up on household items they require at affordable prices.
Always make sure that you call the Humanity ReStore to ensure acceptance of your mattress. This may not seem like a traditional donation option but it still helps people in need.
Facebook Free listing: You can also opt for the option of listing your mattress on the free listing page on Facebook. This way someone on Facebook who requires a mattress can contact you directly. The downside of the free listing option is that you have to respond to messages and arrange for a pick up to occur.
FreeCycle: A further option similar to the free listing option on Facebook is to use the FreeCycle website. FreeCycle.org is a site that has a list of items offered for free. That way, the person in search of a mattress can reach out to you once you list your mattress.
Everything is discussed via the site and no personal details need to be disclosed right until the pickup arrangement is discussed.
With such great options, you can catch your forty winks on your new mattress without tossing and turning thinking about whether or not your old mattress is polluting the environment.