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2,000 mattresses diverted from landfill in first six months of pilot recycling program

KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes says it diverted 2,000 mattresses from landfill in the first six months of a pilot matress recycling program.

The program launched at the start of 2019 at the Lindsay Ops landfill. To date it’s diverted over 200 tractor trailers worth of space, or roughly 955 tonnes of residential waste.

Based on that success staff brought forward a report to Council today recommending that a permanent program be adopted in the 2020 budget. The City says the estimated cost savings in landfill space is approximately $143,000. The creation of a permanent mattress recycling program has a projected annual savings of $273,000 in deferred landfill space, based on an annual estimate of 4000 mattresses recycled through the municipality each year according to officials.

The recommendation was approved by Council and the program will be brought forward to be considered in the upcoming 2020 budget deliberations.

The manager of Envirnomental services says one of the city’s focuses is to find new and innovative ways to continue to divert waste from our landfill sites,” stated David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services. “The support from Council to launch the program and the support from residents who are using the program are both positive indications that the continuation of mattress recycling will be highly beneficial to Kawartha Lakes and to our environment.”

Mattresses can be recycled through the program by bringing them to the Lindsay Ops landfill or alternatively, through purchasing a curbside tag for pickup at your local municipal service centre.

Mattresses are still being accepted for disposal at all other landfill sites, however due to the storage space required, Ops landfill is the only location that can currently manage to operate the mattress recycling program. Staff are currently looking at the possibility for future operations of extending the program to our additional sites.

 

 

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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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