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Jan 2005

I have an used Futon Mattress without frame. I contacted Goodwill, Salvation Army and Urban Ore, but none of them takes Futon Mattress. Any recommendations on where I can donate or recyle?

Post it on Craig's list. I had an old futon mattress to donate and a women's shelter in SF took it. I don't remember the name of the place, though, but I posted an ad on Craig's list that they responded to. Sue
Post it in the 'Free' section of Craigslist: You won't get a tax deduction, but obviously the futon (and thus the deduction) isn't worth very much or these charities wouldn't be turning it down. David
Post it for free on the Parent's Network. I put one on and said it would serve as a play surface and within 3 days got 2 takers! JM
March 2003

I have an old crib mattress that I need to dispose of. Its not good enough to donate. but I hate to dump it. Isn't there a place that takes apart used mattresses and recycles what they can? Does anyone have that info? Thanks. Hilary

St. Vincent de Paul's sells refurbished mattresses (in adult sizes) that I assume they recycle from donated old ones. Try them. There's one in Berkeley and one in Oakland, both on San Pablo Blvd. Marty
Try calling the Waste Management site at the Davis Street landfill in San Leandro.They have a program to recycle mattresses. HA
Check the Alameda County recycling info site: (select "special materials" in the menu) They list several places that will accept mattresses for recycling (for a small fee). R.K.

Does anyone know of an organization who takes mattress donations, preferably one that will come pick them up? Deirdre

Salvation Army will come to your house and pick up your mattress. ML
I believe that state law requires that used mattresses be sanitized before they're resold, so it is prohibitively expensive for most organizations to recycle them. However, I have a vague memory of having driven an old mattress down to St. Vincent de Paul's recycling center in Oakland, near the Coliseum BART station, and having this explained to me. I believe that I had called around and they were the only ones to take it. You might give them a call. VM
I have in the past donated matresses to the Richmond Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter. I believe that they can pick the matresses up. Nancy
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