How to Dispose of a Blow-Up Mattress?

Ah, the blow-up mattress. It’s an item many of us have in our homes, but few of us actually know how to dispose of it properly. I mean, what do you do with it when it’s no longer useful?

In this post, I’ll tell you how to dispose of a blow up mattress. I’ll also share some tips on how you can recycle and reuse your old mattress.

Why Is It Important to Dispose of an Air Mattress Properly?

Your blow-up mattress should be disposed of correctly since it can release harmful chemicals to the environment if left undisposed of properly.

Your blow-up mattress should be disposed of correctly since it can release harmful chemicals to the environment if left undisposed of properly.

When deflated, blow-up mattresses often contain chemicals such as phthalates, chlorinated flame retardants, and PVCs which pose a serious risk to your health and the environment.

When disposed of incorrectly, these chemicals can leak into the ground or groundwater and get absorbed into the soil or plants.

The buildup of these chemicals in soil or water causes a significant impact on the environment and human health.

How to Dispose of a Blow-Up Mattress

  • Never set your blow-up mattress on the curb for collection by the garbage truck.
  • Really old mattresses can be recycled by a certified company; however, you will most likely have to make the arrangements yourself.
  • Using a seam ripper, utility knife or other sharp object, cut open your blow-up mattress and remove the air.
  • Inflatable mattresses are made of materials that can be burned safely in a fireplace or a wood stove.
  • If not disposed of correctly, many common household items can be dangerous to your health and the environment.
  • The plastic is best disposed in recycling containers at local grocery stores, large discount stores or at the county landfill site.

An unused air mattress should ideally be disposed of by being sent for disposal to a local landfill site.

However, finding such a facility could be a challenge in some locations.

Recycling an airbed is an ideal approach to get rid of one.

If this isn’t a possibility, put it in a garbage bag and dispose of it with your regular trash rather than your recycling container.

Other Ways to Dispose Of Your Blow-Up Mattress

Your mattress may need to be cut down when deflated to fit in a garbage bag and then thrown out with regular trash instead of your recycling container.

This will depend on the size of the bag you use for the disposal of your mattress. If you have a large garbage bag that can hold the mattress, you may be able to cut it down before disposing of it.

If your bag is smaller, you will need to deflate the mattress and cut it down to fit inside the bag before disposing of it.

If your city or municipality provides curbside pickup for garbage and recyclables, check with them for the proper disposal methods for your type of mattress.

Either stand on your mattress or give your legs a rest by propping them up on the box springs or the frame of your bed.

Put the device in a plastic bag for garbage removal.

Please remember to purchase a new mattress for each bed in your home to help prevent bed bugs from spreading from bed to bed and from room to room.

Make careful you dispose of an old mattress properly.

Also Read: Can You Recycle Air Mattresses?


Use the appropriate disposal technique for your used inflatable bed so that it does not pose a risk to the environment and public health.

The following elements will determine the approach you take: Rubber foam, synthetic fabric, and latex rubber are the major materials that go into making an inflatable bed.

The best way to dispose of a blow-up mattress varies depending on its composition.