Mattresses and box springs are problematic in the waste stream because they are hard to move, clog up equipment and are nearly impossible to compact in a landfill. Look for reuse and recycling options instead of disposing of mattresses and box springs in the trash.
Prolong the life of your mattress following the manufacturer's instructions, generally by turning it four times a year.
Give your old set to a relative or friend. Consider donating, but be aware that very few charities accept mattresses unless they are in excellent condition.
Mattresses are commonly listed on online sales or materials exchange sites for residents who want to buy or sell reusable goods for the home, garage and garden.