Limited recycling options exist for mattresses. They are time-consuming to disassemble so very few companies offer recycling service.
We accept mattresses for recycling at our Spring and Fall Recycling Collection Events, typically held in May and October. There is a pass-through charge to recycle mattresses and box springs at these events.
The rest of the year, you may need to dispose of your mattress or box spring as garbage. If you live in a single-family home, you can request a curbside pickup for $76.00 per mattress or box spring (2020 rate). These mattresses are disposed at the landfill. To schedule pickup, contact Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995.
You can also dispose of mattresses as garbage at King County Transfer Stations. Houghton Transfer Station is located in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland. A minimum fee applies per entry, and covers the first 320 pounds of material. In 2020 the minimum entry fee is $25.25.
We encourage you to donate, give away, or sell used furniture that is still in usable condition. Reusing big items like furniture prevents a lot of environmental impacts and extends the life of the item as well as all the materials that went into making it. Reuse is the best environmental choice for furniture that is not broken.
Consider donating sellable furniture to secondhand stores like Goodwill, Value Village, Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent de Paul, and Salvation Army. Pick-up donation services like the Northwest Center may accept some smaller furniture items. We encourage you to call in advance to confirm they'll accept your upholstered items in particular.
Use community sharing websites to give away furniture you no longer want. Join your neighborhood's Buy Nothing Facebook group to give items away to your neighbors.
One person's trash is another's treasure! Others may be interested in upcycling furniture that's out of style with new paint or upholstery.
Do not leave your unwanted furniture on the roadside or other public places. This is considered illegal dumping.
Metal furniture may be recycled as scrap metal for free at Factoria Transfer Station in Bellevue and at Shoreline Transfer Station.
Waste Management can pick up bulky items from the curb for a fee. They are disposed as trash. The charge for picking up a sofa is $81.15 and the charge for a chair is $76.00 (2020 rates). To schedule pickup, call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995.
You can also dispose of furniture as garbage at King County Transfer Stations, including Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland. A minimum entry fee applies, and covers the first 320 pounds of material. In 2020 the minimum entry fee is $25.25.