Posted on April 27th, 2021
The new mattress recycling program at the Edson Landfill has been a big success.
Beginning in late June 2020, all mattresses taken to the Town of Edson Landfill were diverted and hauled to a recycling facility in Edmonton. This program was funded in part from a $20 surcharge per mattress.
A total of 252 mattresses were diverted from landfill and recycled in 2020. This is equivalent to approximately 6,300 kgs of material.
On average (by weight), an estimated 80% of material from mattresses can be recycled. This includes wood, plastics, metal and foam. The average weight of all-sized mattresses is 55 lbs. Wood is sent for shredding and composting; foam used to manufacture carpet under-pad; steel is milled into rebar and angle iron; plastics (LDPE) are sent to local recyclers.
Box springs are not included in the surcharge and are not associated with this program. They will continue to be included with other construction and demolition material at the landfill site.
This program falls under the ‘Vibrant & Healthy Community’ pillar in Council’s Strategic Plan.
The Town of Edson has committed to implement new environmental initiatives, including increased waste diversion. For more information on this and other green initiatives in our community, visit www.edson.ca/green.