Wed 16 Nov 2022

Can I Take a Mattress to the Tip in Southampton?


If you’ve recently bought a new bed, you may now have an old mattress you need to dispose of. Thankfully there are several options you can choose when disposing of mattresses in Southampton, none of which involve the risk of using illegal fly tippers!

Before you read our advice on how to take a mattress to the tip in Southampton, please be very cautious of unlicensed man and van services who will say they will dispose of your old mattresses. Sadly, there have been a spate of fly-tipping incidents in the New Forest and Hampshire recently.

If an old mattress is fly-tipped then traced back to you, you could be held legally responsible for the offence. Fines can be as high as £50,000 or 12 months in prison.

How do I dispose of a mattress in Southampton

There are 3 ways you can dispose of a mattress in Southampton, all of which are legal, ethical, and licensed.

1. Take the mattress to a tip in Southampton

You can take a mattress to the tip in Southampton. All Hampshire County Council Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) accept them for disposal.

There are Southampton HWRCs in:

  • Fair Oak
  • Hedge End
  • Marchwood
  • Netley
  • Southampton city

You will need to book a visit in advance using their online booking system. When you arrive at any of the Southampton tips above, the mattress can be disposed of into the non-recyclable waste container.

2. Get Zero Waste to collect your mattress

If you cannot take a mattress to your local tip, there are a couple of services available to which you can a small fee. 

The first is us, the Zero Waste Group. As a fully licensed and insured house clearance company based in Southampton, we can dispose of old mattresses you no longer need and provide you with a proof of legal disposal afterwards. 

If you need to get rid of more rubbish as well, we can your old furniture and look to donate it to local Southampton or Hampshire charities. Other furniture items can be recycled, unlike old mattresses.

To find out more and book a collection of your old mattress, please click here

3. Pay Southampton City Council to collect your old mattress

If you live inside the city boundaries, Southampton City Council offer a bulky waste collection service for those classed as resident households, but not businesses. They will collect and dispose of your mattress, but it can cost up to £30. 

It’s worth noting that Southampton council will refuse to collect and disposes of mattresses that have been left out in the rain when it’s become wet or too heavy to lift. 

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And that’s it; our 3 suggestions for disposing of old mattresses in the Southampton and Hampshire area.

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