A Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) mattress processing trial starting in November is expected to divert at least 3000 items from landfill per year when fully operational.
TRC Water and Waste portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield said Council was expanding its recycling opportunities at the Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility at O’Mara Road.
“Council is committed to diverting as much recyclable material as possible from landfill to reduce operating costs and promote further environmental benefits,” Cr Sommerfield said.
“Large bulky items like mattresses have posed challenges up to now as they do not compact easily, due to the springs, and take up significant landfill space.
“The six-week trial will involve cutting open the mattresses and removing the springs. The springs can be sold as scrap metal.