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.
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.