Beginning January 1st 2019, mattresses will be diverted from the landfill at Comox Strathcona Waste Management facilities. These facilities will no longer accept mattresses as municipal solid waste. Instead, mattresses will be dismantled and recycled.
A $6 fee will be applied to any mattress brought to the landfill, in addition to the $4 facility access fee. This fee covers the cost of processing the mattress for recycling. This diversion saves valuable space in the landfill, and keeps recyclable materials out of solid waste.
Mattresses are prohibited in disposal bins
If you rent a bin for construction or home renovation, keep in mind that mattresses will not be permitted in these bins. If haulers dispose of mattresses mixed in with regular municipal solid waste, the load will be considered to contain recyclables, and will be charged a fee of $300 per tonne.
Currently the recycling fee does not apply to box springs, which can be included in with regular municipal solid waste.
What happens to my mattress?
Mattresses that are dropped off at CSWM facilities are stockpiled at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre so they can be processed in batches. The mattresses are dismantled and the metal is recycled. Other components of the mattresses are separated from landfilling where possible.
Each mattress takes only a few minutes to dismantle with equipment onsite - staff are able to process about 28 mattresses an hour. The metal from the mattresses account for approximately 90 per cent of a used mattress’s materials. You can now sleep easy knowing your mattress has been recycled.
The Comox Strathcona Waste Management Services is striving to achieve its goal of diverting 70 per cent of waste destined for our landfills by 2022. This mattress diversion program will save an estimated 2650 cubic metres of air space every year - that’s an area larger than an Olympic swimming pool!