QUEENS PARK, TORONTO: Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka marked Waste Reduction Week by highlighting the success the District of Muskoka’s mattress recycling pilot project.
Mr. Norman Miller: In honour of Waste Reduction Week, I would like to share a new program that has been implemented in Parry Sound–Muskoka to help reduce waste going to landfill. I’m proud that the district of Muskoka 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.
I commend 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. The district projects the program will break even financially, with residents paying a tipping fee of $26 per mattress to help to cover the cost of increased staff time, and the $16 per mattress the district pays to Ontario Mattress Recycling.
This program is an example of Muskoka’s dedication to environmental conservation and sustainability. The program will continue to increase the municipality’s waste-diversion rate and provide more value for taxpayers on the existing landfill.