RECYCLING: More than 900 mattresses were dropped off at Cessnock TAFE grounds on April 16.Cessnock City residents have dropped off 1571 mattresses on two collection days held in April.
Cessnock City Council held drop-off days at Kurri on April 2, when 667 mattresses were delivered,and two weeks later at Cessnock, which received 904 mattresses.
The first residents were queued well before the 8am opening time and the flow remained steady for the following four hours.
The mattresses are destined to be recycled with the cover material (flock), rubber, steel and timber all recovered and sent off for recycling into new products.
Council’s environment and waste manager Michael Alexander said the initial response on social media indicated a great response rate but the results were outstanding and beyond expectations.
He said residents were pleased with the free initiative and indicated their support for further events.
“It is great to see residents take advantage of the opportunity but it is even better that these mattresses will be recycled rather than landfilled or, even worse, be illegally dumped on the side of the road or in our bush surrounds,” Mr Alexander said.
Council is actively involved with the Regional Illegal Dumping Squad, which isutilising both physical presence and covert surveillance technology in the war on illegal dumping, and if identified, offenders will face significant penalty.
The results from the mattress drop-off days supports council’s argument that mattress recycling should be covered by a product stewardship arrangement where manufacturers and sellers take a whole of life approach –including the responsibility for correct disposal as part of the sale.
Council’s firstmattress collection day inSeptember last yearreceived 1100 mattresses.
The free mattress drop-offs are a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.
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