Louisiana has really bad laws when it comes to mattress disposal, so what do you do?
⇒ Should you leave it by the dumpster?
⇒ On the side of the road?
⇒ By your mailbox?
⇒ Perhaps, you are consider burning it?
⇒ Planning on giving it away to someone in need?
Update - 2021.05.16This creating this publication on 11/21/2019, Mattress Doctor Lafayette has taken it upon themselves to offer a mattress disposal service.
Average cost to get rid of a bed is just $75 for those located, within a 15 mile radius around our storefront, we charge a $25 disposal fee and the rest of the expenses are to cover driving & trucking hazard fees.
- Add $50 – Lafayette, Youngsville, Broussard, Scott, Duson
- Add $60 – Saint Martinville, Abbeville, New Iberia, Carencro, Rayne. Cecilia, Parks, Breaux Bridge, Maurice
- Add $75 – Opelousas, Eunice, Crowley, Henderson
- Add $100 – Jennings, Baton Rouge
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It’s true, there are not many ways in which you can properly dispose of a mattress in Acadiana.
Here are the best options to dispose of your old mattresses.
Give it away – You would be amazed, to learn how many people are willing to take your old mattress.
- The best and easiest way to find someone to pickup your old mattress, would be Facebook Marketplace, Facebook buy & sell groups, Offer Up, Craigslist, 5 Miles, Locanto, Next Door, Let Go, Bonanza, and more. In addition, friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors are a great place to find bed giveaway takers.
Drop it off at city dump locations – Depending on which city your located in, many have specific locations in which they will take your old mattress.
- However, you may be required to show a proper form of identification. This is my second favorite disposal option.
⇒ Citizens may drop old mattresses off at 310 Railroad St, Youngsville, LA 70592.
Lafayette, LA parish:
⇒ In the city of Lafayette, once a month there is a service which will pick-up your large items. Lafayette parish residents can learn more about disposal routes by going to: https://www.lafayettela.gov/public-works/bulky-waste-large-item-collection-list
New Iberia, LA & Iberia parish:
Saint Landry, LA parish:
⇒ Residents can learn more about disposal by going to: https://slpsolidwaste.org/disposal-diversion
Acadia, LA parish:
⇒ Residents can learn more about disposal by going to: http://www.appj.org/solid-waste/
Baton Rouge, LA:
⇒ Citizens of the BR area can learn more about recycling & disposing of furniture & mattresses by going to: https://www.brla.gov/337/Garbage-Collection
Jefferson Davis parish:
⇒ Residents should go to the following government link to learn the rules & regulations of the area: https://www.jeffparish.net/departments/environmental-affairs/garbage-and-recycling/curbside-collection–guidelines
Vermillion, LA parish:
⇒ Residents can learn more about recycling & disposal by going to: https://vermilionparishpolicejury.com/RECYCLE.html
Lake Charles, LA & Calcasieu County:
⇒ These areas provide drop off stations & routine pickup routes for both mattresses & furniture products. For complete details go to: https://www.calcasieuparish.gov/services/engineering-and-public-works/public-works/solid-waste/cppj-waste-management
Shreveport, LA & Caddo parish:
⇒ Residents can find everything they need to know by going to: https://www.shreveportla.gov/index.aspx?nid=486
⇒ Go to the following link to find out what you need to know: https://www.cityofalexandriala.com/sanitation-trash-pickup
⇒ Learn everything you need to know about local pickup routes and what’s accepted/not accepted by going to: https://www.gretnala.com/residents/wasterecycling/
New Orleans, LA:
⇒ Residents can learn more about recycling old bedding & furniture in the NOLA area by going to: http://www.nola.gov/sanitation/trash/bulky-waste/
Sell it – This option applies particularly to those people who have only owned the mattress for several years, and for one reason or another it was not working out.
- Believe it or not, there is a large population of people who are always searching for a gently used second hand mattress.
- For this option, I strongly recommend you to take ethics into account and give a full disclosure of the mattresses problems to the person you are selling it to.
- Do NOT under any circumstances sell a mattress which contains bed bugs, mold, and/or anything else not fit for human usage.
- There is no shortage of non-profit organizations who would take the mattress for free, provided it’s in a reasonable condition.
- This option, is by far our favorite as it accomplishes your main goal of removing the bed, in addition to helping someone in need.
- Salvation Army – You help us help others by shopping for and donating gently used items to the local Salvation Army. Weekly sales and fresh merchandise put out daily.
- Good Will of Acadiana – At Goodwill Acadiana, our mission is clear; we offer programs to help those facing a variety of barriers. We do this by providing free employment services and adult education classes to those in need.
- Lafayette Habitat for Humanity – Bringing Acadiana together to build homes, communities, and hope, they operate the Restore of Lafayette.
- Freecycle Lafayette – http://www.freecycle.org/
- Vietnam Veterans of America – https://vva.org/
- Furniture Bank Association of America – Furniture banks are registered charities, not-for-profit organizations or social enterprises designed to provide gently used household furnishings to individuals and families in need, at little or no cost. The movement, which originated in the United States, is now firmly established and continuing to gain momentum across North America.
- Mattress Doctor Donation Program – Our company donates as many mattresses & gentle used bedding to people in need, as we can get our hands on. There is never a shortage of desperate individuals. We would be more than happy to facilitate the process for you!
Recycle it – Recycling old mattresses is trending right now, many people are finding unique uses for the springs.
An estimated 80%-90% of mattresses can be recycled and the materials re-purposed.
- In other parts of the world, they are recycling mattresses to grow food & solve hunger issues, it’s incredible. America however, is much more wasteful.
Finding a local source to recycling your bedding may seem to be difficult, but it really is not.
If you do however find a source, please contact us & let us know so we can help get involved in recycling mattresses, as there are many benefits.
Hire a removal service – Companies exist for the sole purpose of removing unwanted items, such as a mattress or furniture.
- NOTE: Mattress Doctor does offer a mattress removal/disposal service, which costs $50 for as many mattresses as you have to get rid of, at a single location.
If you are outside of our service area, here are a couple options, but do keep in mind we have never used or had any experience with the following services, therefor we don’t give our full recommendation on either company:
FUN FACT: 70% of old mattresses remain in use past the point when they’re still in good shape.
UNDER NO CIRCIMSTANCES DO ANY OF THIS: Worst Ways to Dispose of your Old Mattress:
- Burn it – Burning old bedding is a common occurrence for those living outside of city limits. For environmental reasons, we do not recommend taking this route, although many people do it everyday.
Above all, be responsible and respectful of our beautiful state!
Disposing of a mattress improperly or selling a mattress known to have bed bugs, can both become criminal charges under the right circumstances.
- For anyone still confused or concerned about how they will dispose of their mattress for free, give us a call at (337) 761-6323 or fill out a contact us form & we will assist in making the right choice!