Local mattress drop off events an overwhelming success

Cessnock City Council’s second free mattress drop off has been overwhelmingly successful this April, with just under 1,600 mattresses received from residents at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri collection events.

Cessnock City Council’s second free mattress drop off has been overwhelmingly successful this April, with just under 1,600 mattresses received from residents at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri collection events.

This follows on from the success of last September’s event where 1100 mattresses were received.  

The first residents were queued well before the 8am opening time and the flow remained steady for the following four hours.  

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.  

“We received great numbers at both events with 667 mattresses received at Kurri Kurri and 904 at Cessnock,” Mr Alexander said.  

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.  

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.”  

Those people that dump mattresses on roadsides or in the bush should be aware that Council is actively involved with the Regional Illegal Dumping Squad who are utilising both physical presence and covert surveillance technology in the war on illegal dumping, and if identified, offenders will face significant penalty.  

The result strongly 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.  

The free mattress drop offs are a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.

19 April 2016