Stettler opens a mattress recycling facility June 5. From left, Stettler County Coun. Wayne Nixon (chair of Stettler Waste Management Authority), Elpha Senft, Nancy Land, Joanne Lee, Vivian Lowther, (representatives of the Frontenac Chapter of IODE), Bernie Wells (Wells Furniture), Geri Horne (representing Superfluity and the White Sands Hall Society), Grace Fix, (volunteer recycling representative SWMA), Town of Stettler Coun. Malcolm Fischer, (vice-chair SWMA). Not pictured: Stettler Kinettes and TransCanada Corporation. Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent

Stettler opens mattress recycling facility

Accepts mattresses, box springs, foam, futons

Stettler and area residents now have somewhere to dump their unwanted, old mattresses.

Stettler Waste Management Authority (SWMA) held a grand opening for its mattress recycling centre at the waste transfer site on June 5.

“Mattresses are a really big filler of a land fill, they don’t compress,” said Grace Fix from the SWMA. “The average mattress takes two cubic metres of land fill space and it doesn’t compress so it just really fills up a landfill quickly.”

The centre accepts mattresses, box springs, foam mattresses, electric beds, futons and foam underlay. The mattresses are sent to Calgary where the parts are separated and the wood, metal, foam and fabric are sent to local manufacturers to be made into new products.

Stettler area residents throw out about 500 mattresses every year so this program will save 1,000 cubic metres of landfill space annually. Building and closing a landfill costs about $14 cubic metres, which translates to $28 per mattress.

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