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    • thor
    • By thor 11th Nov 07, 11:18 PM
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    Ways to dump a mattress?
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    • 11th Nov 07, 11:18 PM
    Ways to dump a mattress? 11th Nov 07 at 11:18 PM
    I'm thinking about buying a new mattress but need to know the best options on how to get rid of the old one. Is the council the only way I can get this done?(without having to go through the hassle of hiring a van to the local tip?)
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  • topmum
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    • 11th Nov 07, 11:30 PM
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    • 11th Nov 07, 11:30 PM
    The Council is your best bet. Worth checking with them if they do a bulk refuse collection. You usually have to pay for this - 9 at our local council. I assume you are getting the new matress delivered? Would they not take away your old one? Failing that if it is in not too bad condition what about freecycle? Someone might want it and they would pick it up from your house.
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    • 12th Nov 07, 12:29 AM
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    • 12th Nov 07, 12:29 AM
    PM me ! I'll be along in 30 minutes with my robin reliant van
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    • 12th Nov 07, 7:06 AM
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    • 12th Nov 07, 7:06 AM
    Leave it outside the house. It will automatically find somebody's skip to live in
  • ormus
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    • 12th Nov 07, 10:17 AM
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    • 12th Nov 07, 10:17 AM
    check your local council, they all seem to have a different charge rate. some are free.
    any mate who has a roof rack on his car? give him a fiver to dump it at the local tip.
    Get some gorm.
    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 12th Nov 07, 10:28 AM
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    • 12th Nov 07, 10:28 AM
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    • 12th Nov 07, 10:28 AM
    Some bed shops offer a removal service for your old bed/matress if you buy a new one from them.
  • Badger_Lady
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    • 12th Nov 07, 10:31 AM
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    • 12th Nov 07, 10:31 AM
    I've only ever scrounged second-hand mattresses, so we do exist! In fact, I'm on the lookout for one now...
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    • thor
    • By thor 13th Nov 07, 1:30 AM
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    • 13th Nov 07, 1:30 AM
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    • 13th Nov 07, 1:30 AM
    You won'twant mine then! It is in quite a bad state.
    Looks like it maybe time to have a chat with the council after all.
    • thor
    • By thor 14th Nov 07, 8:52 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 8:52 PM
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    • 14th Nov 07, 8:52 PM
    Thanks for the tips Andrew. I was going to blindly buy from Argos assuming that it was the cheapest there but the co-op bedshop looks interesting during their 10% off period. I'm going to give it a look.
    As for getting rid of the old mattress, cutting it up does no sound a bad idea except that I don't have a clue how to go about it.
  • ormus
    retailers wont usually take your old mattress away.
    would you want you new mattress to be delivered, in the van next to an old one! from the previous drop? no i thought not.
    Get some gorm.
  • Tim Deegan
    retailers wont usually take your old mattress away.
    would you want you new mattress to be delivered, in the van next to an old one! from the previous drop? no i thought not.
    Originally posted by ormus
    As ormus says, most retailers won't take the old mattresses away, and those that do aren't supposed to unless they use a different vehicle.

    We get asked all the time if we can take them away, but we aren't allowed to in case of infestation.

    Some councils will take them away free, but most do charge. My local council charge a set rate of 35 for up to five items. So it your local council are the same and you don't have any other large items to get rid of, then see if any of your neighbours do so that you can share the cost.
  • ormus
    aye, same goes for wooden furniture for a similar reason. ie woodworm!
    (although i doubt if woodworm will attack MDF!)
    Get some gorm.
  • Tim Deegan
    aye, same goes for wooden furniture for a similar reason. ie woodworm!
    (although i doubt if woodworm will attack MDF!)
    Originally posted by ormus
    Not if they know MDF dust is supposed to be carsonogenic (is that how you spell it?)
    • harveybobbles
    • By harveybobbles 15th Nov 07, 9:30 PM
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    I have a skip outside our house at the minute cos next door are having building work done! Could put it in there!

    Failing that, bend it in half (with several people helping) and tie it up. I got our old one into the back of a Punto a few years ago!
    • Little John
    • By Little John 15th Nov 07, 9:34 PM
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    cut it up and stick it in the bin the fabric should be easy but the metal frame could be tough most of it will be tied with wire or other peices to link bits together you should be able to open them
  • Tim Deegan
    cut it up and stick it in the bin the fabric should be easy but the metal frame could be tough most of it will be tied with wire or other peices to link bits together you should be able to open them
    Originally posted by Little John
    It sounds like you are talking about a pocket sprung mattress.......an open coil sprung mattress would be even worse. I think I'd rather just pay the council than spend a whole day using wire cutters.
    • Little John
    • By Little John 15th Nov 07, 9:45 PM
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    No idea I just know I chopped one up a few years ago, it did take a while but was had a good feeling that all the metal went to be recycled and not just the tip.
    • Loobysaver
    • By Loobysaver 18th Nov 07, 2:16 PM
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    We got rid of ours recently to the tip.

    We got a big length of elasticated rope, 2 strong people and managed to roll the mattress up and tie with the rope.

    Managed to fit it in the car too!!
    • thor
    • By thor 18th Nov 07, 3:45 PM
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    problem solved. It seems that our council will take away furniture for free so I guess that must include mattresses. All that is left is to determine which is the best mattress for me( I have zero problems sleeping so maybe won't need to splash out on those memory ones - what other types are there?)
  • Tim Deegan
    problem solved. It seems that our council will take away furniture for free so I guess that must include mattresses. All that is left is to determine which is the best mattress for me( I have zero problems sleeping so maybe won't need to splash out on those memory ones - what other types are there?)
    Originally posted by thor
    There is a huge range of mattresses available on the market. It all depends on how firm you like your mattress, how much support you want from your mattress, and your budget.

    You don't have to go for big brand names either. In fact with some makes it's better to stay away from them.

    You can make huge savings on line compared to shops who sometimes have up to 500% mark up. For a huge choice have a look on ebay.
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