Can You Put Your Old Mattress in a Skip?

Most people do not think about their mattresses on a daily basis. Since they are usually around for several years, the majority of people think very little about them. When it is time to dispose of your mattress, it normally takes up lots of head-space. A mattress is one of the trickiest bulky household waste items to get rid of since you are not allowed to put it in a skip. If you decide to put your mattress in a skip, you will pay extra to cover the additional costs for the skip operator.

What Else Can’t You Put in a Skip?

Generally, you cannot put harmful or hazardous objects into a skip such as explosives, diesel, petrol, oil, solvents, liquids, gas cylinders, medical waste, batteries, plasterboard, fridges, fluorescent tubes, tyres, asbestos, computer monitors, TVs, and more.

How Long will Your Mattress Last?

This depends upon the mattress type that you have; for instance, memory foam, pocket-sprung, etc. Typically, if you cannot remember how long you have been using your mattress, then you should consider whether you will have to get a new one. Your mattress might feel comfortable after using it for an extremely long period, but it might not provide you with the support your body needs, plus it will be less hygienic than the time it was still new.

The Sleep Council is an impartial, advisory organisation that provides helpful advice and raises the awareness of why it is important to have a good night’s sleep. The organisation recommends that you should buy a new mattress every 7 years. On average, this period will see more than 20, 000 hours of using your mattress, and considering adults shed approximately 0.5 kilograms of dead skin cells every year and also every night they lose about half a pint of fluid, disposing of your mattress after such an extended length of time makes a lot of sense.

What Are Your Options for Disposing of Your Mattress?

There are many options for disposing of mattresses, with varying costs involved. However, you should try to look for a service that will involve recycling your mattress (as a whole or in part). Statistics suggest that around 7.5 million mattresses are thrown away in the United Kingdom every year, and most of them end up in a landfill. This is not good for the environment.


In most cases, old mattresses are fit for recycling. If you need more information on recycling your mattress, you can ask The Skip Company when we come to collect it. The experts will tell you if you can take your mattress or advise you on what you should.

Donate Your Mattress

If your mattress has some life left in it, you can give it to someone in need or donate it to a charity. This way you will be helping a fellow human being and at the same time help the environment by making sure your mattress will not end up in a landfill.

Ask the Council

Most of the local councils in the UK offer bulky waste disposal and collection service. This covers items like mattresses and beds. Some local councils offer to collect mattresses for free, but most of them do it for a fee. You will have to leave your mattress in a designated place outside your house for it to be collected. However, there is no guarantee that after the local council have collected your mattress it will not be taken to a landfill. Therefore, when you consider effects on the environment, this option is not the best to go for.