Mattress recycling tops 5,000

13 November 2014

Albury residents have recycled more than 5,000 mattresses at the Albury Waste Management Centre since 2011, passing the milestone last week.

And the trend is continuing upwards with residents now able to take their unwanted mattresses to the AWMC in exchange for a tip voucher.

AlburyCity's Team Leader of Waste Services Andrea Baldwin encouraged residents to keep up the good work.

"Since the system was introduced in July almost 400 mattresses have been recycled, taking the total of mattresses recycled to 5,100 over the past three years."

"We've seen a spike in the number of mattresses being taken to the AWMC over the past few months, which is a sign that the system is working. We're encouraging people to keep up their great recycling efforts, especially during the Spring cleaning period."

"Mattresses are commonly found in areas popular with illegal dumpers. This voucher system is keeping unwanted mattresses out of landfill, and more importantly, encourages people to dispose of them properly without dumping them in our parks or reserves."

Depending on their condition recycled mattresses are either transported to Melbourne for cleaning and donated to St Vincent de Paul, or are recycled for wood and timber. Council is in the process of establishing a resource recovery centre at the AWMC which will allow recycling to take-place in house and make second-hand mattresses available to the community.

Residents unable to transport unwanted mattresses to the AWMC may be eligible for Council's home collection service. Visit alburycity.nsw.gov.au/waste to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.