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District Spends $475K To Keep Old Mattresses Dry

Posted: 2019-09-24 07:57:44 By: hbr

The District of Muskoka’s mattress diversion program appears to be getting a lot of use thus far

During their most recent meeting, District Council agreed to budget $475,000 to construct a building at the Rosewarne Landfill in Bracebridge to keep recycled material like mattresses clean and dry so they can be re-sold.

Last year, the District launched a program to start diverting mattresses away from the landfill. According to staff, they’re difficult to bury, they don't compact very well and they can create a soft spot in the landfill which can be a hazard for workers. Clean and dry mattresses are taken by companies that convert them into new materials.

During the recent meeting, councillors heard that over this past June and July, the District collected more than 1,800 mattresses, including more than 140 mattresses in one weekend alone.