Mattresses A Real Problem At Area Landfills

Posted: 2018-09-19 06:58:29 By: hbr

Our area landfills are being filled unnecessarily with mattresses and misplaced recycling, District council heard during their Monday meeting.

Muskoka sees somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 mattresses dumped into area landfills every year, taking up a huge amount of the available space. The District is currently trying out a mattress diversion program to help tackle the problem.

Likewise, council heard that some 75 per cent of the waste found in Muskoka’s landfills are actually recyclable materials.

In fact, District staff indicated that in the last three months alone, the equivalent of some 60 elephants worth of recycling was unnecessarily poured into area landfills. Those misplaced materials are estimated to cost taxpayers something in the neighbourhood of $60,000 every year.

Council heard that a report on potential waste management methods is in the works and should be ready by late this year or early 2019.