Maitland City Council holds mattress muster at council depot car park

Residents will have the chance to drop off their old mattresses for free this Saturday morning.

Maitland City Council has organised a mattress muster at the council depot car park at East Maitland from 8.30am-12pm.

Each household in the Maitland local government area has the opportunity to recycle up to four mattresses as part of the muster.

Cot mattresses, innerspring mattresses and ensemble bases will be accepted, however a mattress with an ensemble base will be counted as two items.

This is the sixth mattress muster council has held in the past two years. As a result of the past five musters, council has received a total of 2,506 mattresses.

The initiative helps reduce wastage. Council’s waste services coordinator Elfi Blackburn said that by participating in this muster residents would ensure that components of their old mattresses were recycled instead of being disposed of to landfill.

“This is an opportunity for residents to really do their bit for the environment by simply recycling something they might not even use anymore, all free of charge,” Ms Blackburn said.

To participate in the initiative, proof of residence in the Maitland local government area will be required at the time of drop off.

Another recycling initiative has also been organised by council for this week.

The Fridge Buyback is on this Thursday. Residents will have the chance to receive a $25 rebate for their second fridge or upright freezer.

Fridges and freezers are collected by professional removalists and then professionally degassed and the metals recycled.

Following on this theme, a household chemical collection day will be held on Saturday, December 3.

Common household problem wastes, including fluorescent lights, smoke detectors, paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, batteries and oils can be dropped off at Transpacific Industries Depot, Rutherford from 9am-3.30pm.

The items are then disposed of safely to avoid harm to human health and the environment.