I wonder how many people consider donating a used mattress as a recycling option?
While recycling mattresses reduces and repurposes mattress content, donation through reuse helps the environment and helps others. If you are thinking about buying a new bed or maybe you already did perhaps a dilemma has begun, what in the world are you going to do with your old mattress and boxspring? Landfills, waste disposal companies often charge an arm and a leg to dispose of them or only have convenient pick up times that serve them and besides that it really does seem senseless to throw it to the curb. Which brings us to mattress donation, donating a mattress and box spring is a great way to protect the environment and help someone out, but where and who can you give it too?
Goodwill, Savers, and Salvation Army are some of the first places people turn to when they are thinking about donating a mattress set. While these are perhaps the more obvious choices there are certainly others. Additional avenues for donating bedding could include local church’s and religious organizationss or community group. They are commonly known for helping out individuals or families that are in need of such items and will frequently accept them if allowed to do so.
Another donation avenue is to contact local thrift stores, food pantries, or shelters. In some of these cases they may not have a facility large enough to store items as large as a king size mattress and boxspring but we have seen situations where organizations will accept a phone number in order to contact you when a need arises for your bed.
Whichever method you choose to donate understand that laws can vary state by state and we encourage you to abide by any or all of them. Check out websites and make sure of all current rules of places like Goodwill or Savers etc. It is best to contact your local locations, but don’t be shocked if they are unable to accept used mattress or boxsprings donations. Because they don’t have the tools to prep them for legal resale as a source of their revenue they may have to refuse your offering.
When donating your used mattress set, be honest in your posting or to the organization that is going to accept it. Recipients don’t want someone else’s bugs, stains, or worn and torn bed. When posting online include pictures that show the beds shape which will help to increase interest. Craigslist.org, Freecycle.org, and Backpage.com are all websites where mattress sets can be offered to those looking for them for free.
Finally don’t forget to mention the availability of a free mattress to family, friends, and coworkers. Commonly they need or know someone that needs your old mattress set as a way to get off the floor or the sofa. Although they may not be considered a donation other possible ways to give a bed away could be as close as your local university campus, posting a flyer on local bulletin boards in grocery stores or other highly trafficked areas.
Donating furniture like mattresses to a tax exempt organization or charity can have tax benefits. First you will need to make sure they qualify in order to justify your deduction. You will need to determine the fair market value and document it. The document showing proof of your charitable offering is a receipt that you will be able to give to the IRS when you file your taxes that not only benefit you but assist and help those in need.