How to Dispose of a Blow-Up Mattress

How to Dispose of a Blow-Up Mattress

You’ve had your blow-up mattress for years, and now you’re wondering what to do with it. Before that final act, it is essential to learn how to properly dispose of an air mattress before taking your blow-up mattress to a landfill.

The best way to get rid of an air mattress is to recycle it at a home recycling center. If this isn’t an option, then you should place it in a trash bag and throw it away with your normal trash, not in your recycling bin.

You might want to get rid of your old mattress so it does not become a fire hazard and a breeding ground for bugs. But taking it to the neighborhood dump or recycling center could prove difficult. So what are your options?

An air bed is a great invention that provides extra sleeping space during holidays or when extra guests arrive unexpectedly. Air beds are cheap and easy to buy but tricky to dispose of. So, if you are going to buy a blow-up mattress, make sure you know how to dispose of it when the time comes.

Why Is It Important to Dispose of an Air Mattress in the Proper Way?

It is important to dispose of your blow-up mattress properly as it contains a lot of plastics and when not disposed of properly can contaminate the soil and water.

Also, there might be a synthetic material cushion at the mid-section of your blow-up mattresses. This needs to be disposed of if there’s a leak. Or you might have a blow-up mattress with a built-in pump that has officially bitten the dust.

If you are planning to throw away your bedroom air mattress, there are various ways you can go about doing so.

If you’re lucky enough to live near a dumpster then your life is easy, just make sure that the bedroom air mattress is deflated in order for it to be easily carried to the curb or dumpster.

How to Dispose of Your Air Mattress

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. DO NOT light your mattress on fire. Really!
  2. Open the mattress up, using a seam ripper, utility knife, or scissors to cut it open.
  3. The materials used in inflatable mattresses are similar to that of automobile airbags. This can cause injury if not disposed of properly so use caution when handling.
  4. The plastic, due to its flammable nature, is best thrown away or recycled.

Ideally, dispose of an unused blow-up mattress by taking it to a recycling collection site where appliances are collected, or to your local waste-management authority depending on what is available in your community.

If you cannot do this, the following option will work:  The best way to dispose of a blow-up/air mattress is to place it in a sealed garbage bag and then into your regular curbside trash can (not recycling bin).

Inflatable Mattress

Additional Considerations

You can dispose of your blow-up mattress in the same way you would a normal mattress, and should ask yourself the following questions:

Can the mattress be physically carried?

Depending on its size, your mattress may need to be cut down while deflated, but it will still likely be able to be carried with two people (one carrying the mattress, one carrying the pump).

Make sure the air is out of your mattress by either standing on it or give it a few firm taps. Place the appliance in a plastic trash bag or other sealable container, and set it on the curb for collection.

After your blowup mattress has been collected, please remember to get a new one. Make sure to dispose of correctly an old mattress to avoid any negative effects on the environment and yourself.

Here are some simple steps to remember:

  1. Remove all bedding from the mattress.
  2. Flatten and roll the mattress tightly (do not fold).
  3. Place the mattress with its inflation valve facing up.
  4. Turn the gas off and open up the valves to allow all of the gas to escape.
  5. When there is no more hissing, you may be assured that no more fumes will be released.
  6. Remove the valve and open it from both sides.
  7. With the valve removed, and both sides opened up, fill the vacuum with warm water.
  8. Once full, place in trash bag, leave in sun for at least 4-5 days to make sure any plastic or harmful chemicals as possible are fully evaporated before dumping in landfill/regular garbage. (make sure not to use plastic bags or boxes that can tear).
  9. Material for disposal should be packaged in a manner that protects against puncture, tears, or rips.

You should always dispose of a blow-up mattress by taking the following precautions:

  • Let the mattress completely deflate If you have any air left in your mattress, make sure to let all of the air out and fluff up before putting your mattress into the trash.
  • Cut the mattress Keep sharp objects away from your blow-up mattress.
  • Use scissors or a knife to remove as much of the sides and top as possible.
  • Make sure you cut through the fabric as well as underneath to make clean
  • Set the mattress upright and deflate it by adding water to the external valve. Tip: Use a bucket and water from your garden hose.
  • Place the mattress in an open area so that gases can escape from the safety valve.
  • Do not attempt to puncture the safety valve for any reason.
  • Make sure it is always in an upright position when storing and transporting your mattress.


Make sure you use the correct disposal method for your type of blow-up mattress. The method you choose will depend on the following factors:

Who manufactured the mattress: Natural, synthetic cushion, or foam rubber Latex or rubber blends Springs or framing made from metal, plastic, or wood

If your mattress is old and you need to know which method is the best way to dispose of it.

Disposing of a blow-up mattress is not the same for everyone if you cannot get rid of it at a nearby recycling center, be sure to check with your city or county officials to see if they can offer more insight on how to dispose of it as well.