Miller Commends District on Mattress Recycling Program
Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, marked Waste Reduction Week by highlighting the success of the District of Muskoka’s mattress recycling pilot project in the Legislature. Miller shared information on the new program which has been implemented to help reduce waste going to landfill. The District has partnered with Ontario Mattress Recycling in Barrie to help provide residents with an environmentally-conscious way to dispose of used mattresses.
Mattresses take up an enormous amount of space in landfills but, properly sorted and disassembled, 95% of discarded mattresses can be transformed into new products.
The project began as a three-month pilot project to provide services from the Barrie-based company to Muskoka residents. Since the project was launched, approximately 600 mattresses have been repurposed instead of ending up in Muskoka’s only remaining landfill.
Miller commended Muskoka councillors for making this program permanent, starting in 2019. This should divert 10,000 to 12,000 mattresses annually and extend the life of the Rosewarne landfill by more than three years.